Friday, June 5, 2015

The Witch Hunter

The Witch Hunter is a YA fantasy novel by debut author Virginia Boecker.

Elizabeth Grey has worked hard, training her slender frame into one of the king’s best witch hunters – meant to locate those practicing witchcraft and bring them to justice.

So, when Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself – she knows the future that lies ahead of her. Fire and death.

Clinging to the fact that she is innocent, she grows increasingly ill as she waits in her cell – sure that one of her fellow witch hunters will free her.

Instead the very last person she ever expected to show up arrives: Nicholas Perevil, one of the most wanted, most powerful wizards in the kingdom. He offers her freedom in exchange for her help to break a curse that has been placed upon him – a curse that is killing him.

Suddenly thrust into the other side of the world she has been living in, Elizabeth finds herself among witches, ghosts, pirates and an uncomfortably attractive healer. Everything she is meant to hunt, to despise, to bring to their death.

But which side saved her?

The Witch Hunter was a GREAT read!

Immersing us in an alternate medieval era, Elizabeth is a character to root for. She’s gone through a lot but she doesn’t throw herself a pity party. She doesn’t haphazardly abandon her beliefs and loyalties, but does allow herself to think about them. I feel like that makes a good character.

On top of mystery, magic, political intrigue and action, we also get a little bit of romance. I personally loved that it was important but subtle – a minor, secondary plot line. But a delicious one!

Our secondary characters are colorful, likable and have a great dialogue – making for a few moments of laughter during a rather dark novel.

Some of the twists were rather surprising and The Witch Hunter went in a direction with one character that I did not expect! Really a fun, entertaining read – and I will be looking forward to the sequel when it becomes available!

*I received an early copy of The Witch Hunter by NOVL. This is an honest review.

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