I have just read this book in less than 24 hours. It is good. I hesitated to pick it up as I was getting a bit bored of the dystopian, teenage angst, vampires and witches genre. I still am a bit bored by it to be honest, but I’m glad I made an exception for this book.
The hero is called Nathan Byrn and he lives in a world of white and black witches. He is part of both worlds but also neither, and is persecuted because of his differences. You could read lots of analogies and messages into this book I’m sure, but I read it at face value – as a pacey, characterful and engaging story. I think if you did read it any more deeply than that, you’d find a few holes so best not to! The twin threads of what Nathan’s father is actually like and how Nathan will escape from the various situations he finds himself in pulled me though quickly, but I didn’t want it to end. I was left feeling a bit disappointed that the next installment is not due to launch until Spring 2015. Don’t you hate this trend for trilogies of everything at the moment?! Don’t expect this to change your world, but if you are in the mood for an easy, compelling read with a dark edge, this is one for you.