Even though Halloween has passed, this book will remind you of the spooky season.
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker is the first in The Witch Hunter trilogy.
” 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.”
This book is not a scary or creepy read, but it definitely put me in a Halloween mood with all of the talk about magic, witches, ghouls, and wizards.
Now I do have to say that this book took me about a month to get through with my busy schedule, so I didn’t get to fully enjoy every scene between the bits and pieces. But other than that, it was a fairly easy read overall.
There were a few parts towards the middle that I remember having to push myself through because the plot sort of dulled out.
The characters were fun and fit well with the plot. They seemed to develop smoothly from beginning to end with a lot of possibility for more further in the series.
Once the story really began to get moving, there were a lot of “oh snap” moments that surprised me! From then on, I ended up flying through the last 100 pages in one night.
Have you ever read one of those books where the final battle-scene is so intense that you are on the edge of your seat, but then the scene changes to the aftermath? Yeah that kind of happened here. I wasn’t disappointed in how it played out, but I felt like I missed a step in between. Overall, this book did leave me feeling like the sequel could get more intense..
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was a great start to a YA fantasy series, and I would recommend this to anyone who’s wanting to kick off the Halloween spirit.
More Book Information:
Published: 2 June 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
How I Read It: Paperback
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