I just love this book you guys! And the cover is gorgeous. Let’s take a look at The Witch Hunter!
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Rating: 4 our of 5 stars
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.
I’ve always had a fascination with witches and magic. When I heard about Virginia’s book I was immensely intrigued and totally ready to read The Witch Hunter. I picked the book up at the Teen Author Carnival when I was in New York, where I met Virginia! She is just as fantastic in person. I immediately dived into the book. I’m glad I did.
The book is set in an alternate 16th century England where our main character Elizabeth Grey, is a witch hunter. She’s part of an elite group set up by the king to hunt down those who perform illegal magic, whether it’s witches or wizards. They’re called Reformists. Magic is considered evil and laws have been erected to put those who do magic to death.
But there’s a problem, Elizabeth has been off her game lately making mistakes and soon she is accused of being a witch. She’s arrested and sentenced to death by fire only to be saved by the powerful wizard named Nicholas Perevil. He needs Elizabeth to help break a curse set upon him by another wizard. A seer told Nicholas that she is the only one who can break it. And so sets an adventure that I couldn’t stop turning the page.
Elizabeth was a sassy, humorous character that made me laugh out loud plenty of times. That’s rare for me. There’s one scene in the very beginning where Elizabeth gets drunk and Virginia did a wonderful job at the humor in those pages. Not only is the character sassy but strong and brave. She doesn’t hold back when things need to be done.
There were so many other great characters! The Fool, a pirate but there was one that did stand out. I do have to say I loved John. He was such an adorable love interest for Elizabeth! He was a healer who helped heal her back from almost being dead because of the prison conditions. They had a connection! It was a sweet romance that was just a sliver of the book.
Virginia did a wonderful job at the plot and the world building! There was so many twists and turns but I never got lost. The ending even shocked me! I love when that happens. The book flowed with such vivid description and intense action scenes I felt like I was reading a movie….I like that concept. Movie. I would totally watch that.
This was a well written book that was fast paced and entertaining. I flipped every page as fast as I could read to finish it. I’m definitely going to be following Virginia and her next books because I have no doubt they will be just as fantastic as The Witch Hunter!
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California 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. She is represented by the incomparable Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary & Media.