The Witch Hunter #1
by Virginia Boecker
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 2, 2015)
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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.
At a Glance:
The Witch Hunter was a thrilling new (light) historical fantasy, full of witches, hunters, rebels and villains. The action was non-stop, the romance was slow-burning, and the writing kept me glued to the pages. If you're a fan of fantasy, witches, or mysteries, I definitely recommend this one.
I really like the cover a lot. It basically reminds me of The Deathly Hallows symbol, so..ya know, love.
I thought the action in this story was really well done. It wasn't all sword fighting and intensity, sometimes it was the anxiety of not knowing who was on your side and who was about to put a knife in your back, while trying to attend a party. O_O
The romance kind of took me by surprise. I have to admit, I definitely thought it was going to go in a different direction at first. It ended up being sweet, even though I can't say I was drawn to the same guy as Elizabeth. I guess some might say there's a love triangle, but not by my definition. It's more of an evolving, which is how things in life are IMO. It'll be interesting to see where things go in the future!
Elizabeth was a pretty fantastic heroine. I got a little frustrated with her at times because she seemed a little paralyzed sometimes, but as things are revealed, I understood why. I loved her loyalty and the intense way she would protect even those who haven't always treated her well.
Favorite Supporting Character:
I don't know if he was my favorite supporting character, but the character I'd like to know more about, and see more of is Nicholas. He's presented as an important piece of the story, but he didn't get a lot of time in the book, and there's a lot of mystery surrounding him.
Something I loved:
I loved the interaction between the characters. They all had great witty personalities which lent itself to some fantastic banter.
Something(s) I hated:
I wouldn't say I hated anything. I did get a little confused about who was who sometimes because there are quite a few characters and they have very simple names like John and George. Also, and this is personal preference, the dialog is very modern-day, which I wasn't crazy about. It made it hard for me to get a feel of the setting. BUT, I do think this will make the book appeal to people who aren't as big of an epic fantasy/historical fantasy fan as I am!
Yeah, we're definitely left with the need to know what's going to happen next!
Would I recommend it?
Yes! I think this book will appeal to a lot of people!
Did my friends like it?
Liza from WhoRuBlog loved it!
Will I buy/keep it? Will I read the sequel?
Yes, and yes. It's taking a lot for me to keep/buy books these days because my shelves are overflowing, and it takes even more for me to say that I want to read the sequel. So, YAY!
This book was compared to Graceling in the blurb, but I didn't really get that feeling. I'd say DEFY by Sara B Larson, Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
- Profanity: Mild
- Sexual Content: Mild
- Violence: Moderate
- Other Notables: Forced sexual encounter that took place before the story began, not detailed.