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Summary

Nathan Byrn is running again. The Alliance of Free Witches has been all but destroyed. Scattered and demoralised, constantly pursued by the Council's Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels from total defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel's amulet - an ancient artifact with the power to render its bearer invincible in battle.

But the amulet's guardian - the reclusive and awesomely powerful witch Ledger - has her own agenda. To win her trust, Nathan must travel to America and persuade her to give him the amulet. Combined with his own Gifts, the amulet might just be enough to turn the tide for the Alliance and end the bloody civil war between Black and White witches once and for all....

©2016 Sally Green (P)2016 Penguin Books Ltd.

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  • 12-03-18

I want to hear more

I am not the target market. Llistened to all three straight through including when I should have been sleeping. I usually drift off to stories and start again next time but was too caught up, particularly in this third book. Too old to cry at books...but...

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I was wounded not lost

I really enjoyed this YA witches at war trilogy. It's pretty downbeat and it is soon apparent that any kind of moral absolute, bright and shiny happy ending will not fit with what has gone before. I find Nathan almost unbearably sad as he finds out who he is and of what he is capable mainly through pain and violence although there are some redeeming episodes of love - his relationship with Gabriel, and with Arran. It's pretty violent throughout but the violence generally reveals character and moves the story along. I reallly like the inclusion of characters like Celia who began as Nathan's captor in Half Bad but who evolves throughout the trilogy.

Carl Prekopp is great as ever. He's good at believable teenagers which, going by some other narrators, is harder than you'd think.

Give it a go.

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Left me thinking about the characters days late

I am afraid to write too much in case I give anything away. I truly loved this book. You go on a journey with the characters and you become very protective of them.

It maybe a fantasy, but there is a touch of realism to it. Minutes, hours, days after finishing this book I was still thinking of the characters and what they had gone through.

This quote sums it up

“You've been away a long time. Were you lost?

I was wounded, not lost.”

A great listen - all 3

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Half relieved

Trials and tribulations continue for our troubled protagonist, some good things too and a rapidly encountered finale which came as a surprise to me, but was right. He isn't a nice, loveable hero but somehow our sympathies do lie with him. I would have been happy for the series to continue, but it clearly won't and that's OK too. This is the last of the three books in the series and I'm half relieved it's over, half sad. I bought the first book when Audible offered it as a Daily Discount. It grabbed me by the ears despite the somewhat disturbing first chapters. I simply HAD to read the following two books after finishing it. This is the pleasure of finding a new author by accident, and I'm pleased to have found Sally Green. Carl Prekopp is a fine narrator and can voice many different accents convincingly (a lovely genuine Aussie one is of note). A well deserved 4 star listen for those who enjoy realities a little different to this one.

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Engaging fantasy with hard edges

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I became thoroughly involved in this trilogy and 'binge listened' to all three in succession. The world Green creates of black and white witch clans locked in a deadly feud had just enough grit in it to avoid being too fey and was mercifully light on cod mythology and Tolkienesque names. If the homoerotic scenes made me cringe a little, I acknowledge that they were probably intended for the emo readership more than incurious males like me. (It does seem to be something that female fantasy writers like including ever since Anne Rice started the trend.) But the main reason I became hooked was Carl Prekopp's performance - I doubt if I would have read the books - whose interpretation of the hero as a truculent northern teenager (making the books sound like Kes meets Harry Potter) was a great antidote to any tendencies towards whimsy. I'll look out for him in future.

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Touching ending to this excellent trilogy

Very touching last book in the trilogy, great story, perfectly narrated. All audio books should be like this

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full hearted end.

this ends the trilogy wonderfully. A bitter sweet finish. but the pace towards it was funominal. characters we have met come into their fullest life and new characters push the narrative on. brilliant.

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Contains spoiler!

I sped through this trilogy, back to back. The writing is superb, the pace of the story is never lost and the narration is perfect. My only down point is that it made me cry like a baby! Heartbroken.

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Best listen in a long time

This series has been phenomenal. It has grown with each book and developed fantastically. Each character has depth and the world drew me in straight away. Also fantastic narration throughout.

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Uniquely Brilliant an Audible Triumph

Brilliantly crafted trilogy that draws you in to the characters: by the way it's uniquely written in the first person from a spoken diary. Add this to the amazing reader and audible sound effects, which were not over done- makes this one of the best audible books I have read since joining three years ago. Had to buy additional credits because I couldn't wait as I became emotionally invested into the character. You must read all three books in order.

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  • Maria
  • 10-04-18

Loved it!

The audiobook enhanced the experience, I loved it. Carl was an amazing choice for the narrator.

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  • Ayerim
  • 28-05-17

All around amazing

The book is great and the reader is amazing! This book always makes me cry but I can't help to listen to it ovcyer and over again

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  • Anton K.
  • 30-10-16

Wow

To sum this book you'll be chocked but in a good way I guess. You'll also be sad that the series came to an end.

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  • Emilie
  • 25-09-16

exceptional

I absolutely loved this book. it broke my heart, made me cry and laugh and I'm sitting here a little breathless at the ending.

the performance of Carl Prekopp was on point and his accent made me see Nathan more clearly than when I read the first two book myself

this is a spoiler so don't read on if you don't want to be spoiled.

I said if one of them died I'd flip a truck and well.... I guess it's time to find a truck. it broke my heart. I loved the fact that it wasn't an instant romance that it took time, that they made mistakes and fucked up, but that they loved each other anyway. Gabrielle and Nathan will remain my otp forever, even if they are both quite... yeah....

This book, like the two first one took my breathe away and I highly encourage everyone to read them.

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  • B. J. Neary
  • 29-07-16

Half Lost (Half Bad #3) by Sally Green

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

OMG, the end to a really great series - I just loved Carl Prekopp's narration of Nathan as he tries to become the with Gabriel loves. Now that he has his gifts, Nathan works to perfect them, hunts Annaliese and helps the Alliance of Witches against the hunters. I wish I could say I loved the ending...I enjoyed all of Prekopp's characters in his narration, author Green's worlds were wild, heart stopping, and powerful. I have to thank The 2015 Hub Challenge for giving me the impetus to listen to this series, it was awesome

What did you like best about this story?

Nathan and Gabriel's love story

Which character – as performed by Carl Prekopp – was your favorite?

Nathan- awesome, tortured soul

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The world of Nathan saddened me

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-16

Anne

I loved it!! This put me at the edge of my seat. Literally almost falling off of it!

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  • Denise
  • 05-05-16

Fitting End.

Not the ending I was expecting, but I can live with it. It will make me think a bit, it will set this series apart from the others. I will be thinking about this one for a while. If a book/series can make me do that and not get lost in the abyss of same-same, then I am all for giving it more than 3 stars. I won't say this series is the best out there, but I did enjoy the story. It kept me intrigued, it was written well, the characters were engaging, and the story moved most of the time. I just loved Nathan and his angst, and I adored Gabriel and the relationship these two had with each other. And Carl Prekopp? Adored his narration. It was his voice that convinced me to purchase the first book. Look forward to more narration from Carl.

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  • Kat Hawthorne
  • 08-04-16

EMS

Wow. What a finale! This was a really great series and I'm sad it's done. The Audible version was wonderfully done with a top notch reader telling a top notch story. Awesome!

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  • brooke
  • 04-04-16

Lingers!

Where does Half Lost rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I listen to many different books, so it is hard to say where it ranks. I will say, this was a good series! really makes you think about the challenges and decisions someone in a hero position makes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Half Lost?

the end! :(

Have you listened to any of Carl Prekopp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not! After finishing this book I bought another book narrated by Carl just because he is awesome!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!