The Witch Hunter by:Virginia Boecker

Summary:

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.

Review:

I thought this an okay read. I read this after Half Bad, after a recommendation from Barnes and Noble. This is a another sort of supernatural fantasy novel. Which was built up like Game of Thrones, but all I could say is that is was alright.

The main character, Elizabeth Grey is basically an average YA female protagonist, which isn’t bad but I felt like I wanted more from her character in this story. Maybe in the next book she gets some better development. I did like her relationship with Nicholas Perevil, which reminded me of a Luke/ Obi-Wan relationship.

I thought the beginning of the novel was good, especially her imprisonment/break out sections of the book, but I felt towards the middle is where I felt that the story kinda stopped and it was basically waiting for action to finally happen.

I also felt that some of the supporting characters could have had some better character development. But maybe in later books they dive deeper into those characters.

Towards the end, I liked the twist and turns that the book went through was good. But I also felt that the world-building was a little sloppy and could have dug deeper into the lore and the history of the witches and wizards.

I also felt that the ending was a little rushed and could have used some buildup.

In the end, I thought this book was good, but a little disappointing based on what people have said about the book. I will keep reading the series, and hope for the better.

Grade: 3/5

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