Jaime Reviews ~ The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1) by Virginia Boecker

By Virginia Boecker
Published on June 2 ,2015
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley
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...

   I don't know why it took me so long to read this book. I am pretty much a fan of anything witchy. And it says, right there in the title, "witch". You would think, being a fan and all, that I would have jumped this book immediately. But for some reason, I waited. Turns out, that may not be the worst thing. The King Slayer is out June 14, so waiting to read The Witch Hunter means I don't have too long to wait for the sure-to-be awesome sequel! 

 Elizabeth Grey is a Witch Hunter. When she was just a little girl, her best friend (and secret crush) Caleb happened upon her, dirty and skinny, scrounging for food. Her parents had died from the plague that was ripping through the country. Together, she and Caleb worked in the kitchens until Caleb was recruited to be a Witch Hunter, and convinced the boss that she would make a great recruit, too. And she was. She was one of the best Witch Hunters in the country, until one night everything went horribly wrong. Falsely accused, and thrown into jail, Elizabeth is rescued... but not by Caleb, who swore he would see her freed. Her rescuer is none other than Nicholas Perevil, the most wanted witch in the kingdom... and her parents murderer.

 The Witch Hunter is a story full of adventure. There is witchery, fighting, thievery, chases and hunts. Everything you could hope for in an awesome story. There is also betrayal, hurt, anger, regret, hope and love. Every emotion that you hope for in a story. From the first few pages, Virginia Boecker had captured my attention with her wonderful world-building, and characters so beautifully created. 

 Each character in the story is so well-written. They each play a huge part in the events of the story. When new characters are introduced, you know immediately that they are there for a reason, not just for distraction. I loved all of them, for different reasons. Even the villains, were so wonderfully villain-y!

 If you love witches, like myself, or just love a great adventure, The Witch Hunter is a book that I would happily recommend. If characters are your biggest draw, I don't think you will be disappointed. If world-building is your gig, you will be pleased. If you need to feel all of the feels, they are right here, within these pages. And if you love  little romance, the romances in this story are sure to make you smile. 

 I am looking forward to the sequel of The Witch Hunter in a big way. And I am most definitely a fan of Virginia Boecker and her beautiful writing. 

Jaime Lynn

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