Author: Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Publication: June 2nd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult ~ Fantasy
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The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.
Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear.
Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.
Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that's been laid upon him.
But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth's witch hunting past--if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she's thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.
Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.
One of the things I thought was great was the fact that this book is about a witch hunter. I've read a few books with a witch in the lead, so it's nice to have a change in that.
I thought Elizabeth was a good character. She had some flaws and that was great because I didn't want to read about another perfect heroine yet again. But even though she had flaws, she could still kick serious ass!
The story was really good and I loved the plot. My only negative point is John. Ugh. Yeah, I think I'm in the minority here but I thought he was so dull and I just didn't like him and Elizabeth together. I was more of a Caleb fan, to be honest.
The side characters were all awesome to read about. I loved Nicholas, Fifer, Schuyler (especially him!), George and of course Caleb. And Blackwell definitely was a topnotch villain.
Adventure, danger, romance and magic, The Witch Hunter has it all. Not to mention the friendships, which were awesome. I'm definitely a fan and can't wait for the second book!
About the Author:
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.
In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.