The Witch Hunter
Author: Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 4 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
The Witch Hunter is about a girl named Elizabeth who is a witch hunter. She works for, ultimately the king, but directly reports to a man named Blackwell, hunting down witches for him to burn at the stake. Witchcraft and magic used to be accepted throughout the kingdom, but then it became feared and eventually it was banned. But then Elizabeth is accused of being a witch and is thrown in prison. In a whirlwind of events she’s rescued by the greatest and most wanted wizard, Nicholas Perevil, and his group of followers. Secrets and intrigue ensue and the pages will lock you into this unique story.
I loved the fact that our main character wasn’t actually a witch. It gave this story such a unique and different perspective from any other witch books I’ve read. Elizabeth is almost an antihero in a way. She’s the bad guy, the one who roots out “evil” witches, wizards and necromancers. I loved watching her internal struggle throughout the book as she works to readjust her mind. Everything she’s ever known is backwards and it wasn’t easy for her to accept her new truths or to admit that perhaps Blackwell is wrong.
The supporting characters were great as well. George’s character was definitely my favorite. I loved how open he was. He didn’t care what anyone thought of him and I loved the banter between him and Elizabeth. Nicholas himself was an interesting character, though to be honest he doesn’t really do much throughout the book. I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s capable of in the next book. And then there’s Fifer, your typical girl of the group who hates Elizabeth the minute she sets eyes on her. I’m not going to lie, I’m a little tired of this trope. Why is it that the girl in the group always hates the new one? And always goes out her way to make her feel unwelcome? However, by the end, Fifer had grown on me and I ended up really liking her.
My favorite part of this book was all the twists and turns. The political intrigue definitely kept me glued to the pages and my jaw found the floor several times. If you like politics and magic, I think you’ll really enjoy this book. And the best part? No cliffhanger. There are definitely places the book can go, but I’m not DYING for the next one.
Have you read this one yet? What did you think?