Sally Green’s world is black and white. There is good and there is evil. You have the good White Witches and you have the bad Black Witches. The White Witches hunt the Black Witches and the Black Whites kill the Black Witches. But things aren’t always that simple. Nathan Byrn’s mother was a White Witch, Nathan’s father is a Black Witch. But not any Black White, THE Black Witch.
What I enjoyed about this novel was having a male protagonist. Hooray! I don’t know why this excites me so much, having a male witch because we do have Harry Potter. After so many Young Adult books with the chosen one being a girl (Hunger Games, Divergent, Mortal Instruments), it was refreshing to have a chosen boy. Back to the book, everyone is after Nathan, he is wanted by neither and hunted by both. The chase was thrilling as if you’ve cut straight to the Battle of Hogwarts. That’ enough Harry Potter references.
It’s a YA for people who don’t like YA because it has none of the clichés that are slowly becoming associated with the genre. There’s no love triangle or good versus bad because Nathan inhabits both. He is literally half good and half evil. For example, he has good intentions and bad habits. He is quick tempered but wants to do the right thing except kill his dad, THE Black Witch. That is the main drive of the novel, it questions what is good and what is evil. This is the start of an exciting new trilogy, Green’s world is flawless.