Genre: YA Fantasy
Received: At BEA
Published: June 2nd, 2015 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
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.
The Witch Hunter was one of my most anticipated 2015 releases and it didn't disappoint. Virginia Boecker's debut was filled with magic and drama; I was hooked from the start. The world of The Witch Hunter is very interesting and different. Elizabeth was a really great protagonist and the romance was really sweet. I'm definitely going to be picking up the sequel because there is so much more that I can't wait to see.
The world of The Witch Hunter was by far my favorite aspect of the story. I loved how Virginia Boecker weaved together English history, Roman history, and magic. It was interesting to see recognizable details to history mixed in with the mythology that Boecker has created. I wish we got a little bit more information on some of the darker aspects of magic especially the revenants. I would love to learn more about the magic system and the rest of the countries.
Elizabeth was a kickass main character who also had a great vulnerability that I enjoyed reading. She wasn't just this stone hearted killer. I really loved the cast of characters as well. Peter, George, John, Fifer, and Nicholas were all amazing characters.
I thought this book was great, but I definitely enjoyed the first half of it a lot more than the second. I never had that "OMG this book is mind blowingly amazing" moment. I did enjoy this book and I'm hoping this series will be like Throne of Glass were the first book is good, but the second is even better. I was also really interested in the dynamic and plot line of Elizabeth being the mistress to the King, but it wasn't really a part of the story and I wish it was.
I really think you should check this one out if you are a fan of Throne of Glass and His Fair Assassin series. I am ready for the sequel, but glad that it had a very resolute ending.
Have you read The Witch Hunter? What did you think? Are you planning on picking it up?