Half Bad by Sally Green.
Nathan has a White Witch mother and a Black Witch father and lives in a modern cell phone world which is dominated by White Witches who want to eliminate Black witches and the Half Codes as Nathan’s type are known.
The White witches are controlled by a Council that pass “notifications” that increase the pressure on Nathan. At school he is bullied and grows up illiterate. Within the family he is loved and loathed by his half brothers and sisters but his Gran is the one who keeps him accepted within the family.
At the age of 17 years all witches white and black attend a Giving in which they are given three gifts, drink the blood of a family ancestor and receive the gift or talent that will denote what they do with their lives.
Nathan has the power to heal himself from injury and boy does he need it. He is subjected to very cruel and barbaric treatment from the White Witch community and in the opening part 1 of this novel he is kept outside in a cage and regularly beaten.
Nathan does not realise that he has a path to walk of which he has no choice. He is his father’s son and his father is one of the most powerful and barbaric of Black Witches. Is it nature or nurture that will guide Nathan’s fate?
A stunning first novel, well written, brilliant idea and compulsive reading. Not for the faint – hearted. High school students and young adults