The Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker
Published June 2nd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 368 pages
Source: e-ARC from NetGalley
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.
Witches, ghosts, pirates, and handsome young men? Sign me up for this book! Elizabeth Grey is an orphan. She’s found her family in her best friend Caleb and in the Witch Hunters who took her in and gave her a purpose in life. She searches out witches in this alternate England and turns them in for punishment by the crown. When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself her whole world is shattered. She’s rescued from imminent death at the stake by an infamous magician and she feels even more lost about what is happening to her. She only wants to get back to the Witch Hunters and is willing to make any deal and take anyone down to make that happen. The more time she spends with these magicians, pirates and ghosts Elizabeth begins to wonder if the truth she’s always known is the only truth out there.
This book kept me totally entertained when I sat in a hospital waiting room for 18 hours of a day and I think says a lot. It was a fast and engrossing read. Elizabeth opened her mind and I liked how she developed as the book went on, the friendships had great potential and the romance was cute. Maybe some things were a bit predictable, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying the book. I really liked the world that Boecker created out of historic England and I will look forward to seeing where Boecker goes with the series. I hope there’s more magic!
Thank you Little Brown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for this advance copy in exchange for an honest opinion!