The Witch Hunter (Witch Hunter, Book 1) by Virginia Boecker
Synopsis: 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.
About the Author: Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, The Witch Hunter. She now lives in Portland, Oregon 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. You can visit Virginia online at virginiaboecker.com or on Twitter @virgboecker.
Genre: young adult, fantasy, paranormal, romance
More Info: Kindle edition, 360 pages, published on May 3, 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (reprint)
This book is a jumble of the paranormal, but they blend well. Elizabeth, a girl who hunts witches, is caught with illegal herbs and sentenced to death. Apparently betrayed, she almost dies in jail before being saved by the most powerful/wanted wizard in the country.
So, she strikes a deal. Her target, the thirteenth tablet. Along the way Elizabeth makes interesting new friends and alliances, as well as enemies. She will discover things about her supposed enemy and real enemy that changes all of her convictions. She will also learn about herself and how to face her fears.
I have to say, the climax had me guessing. I was wondering what was real and what wasn’t right alongside Elizabeth. I actually had to finish and then go back and re-read. I wanted to make sure I knew what was happening. It was like the Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 movie.
This is a compelling and fast-paced, alternate 16th century world. Boecker fills it with friendship, simple(ish) romance, and physical and mental power. I can’t wait to devour book 2, The King Slayer.
Do I recommend this book? YES!
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