Review: The Witch Hunter

Title: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1) 18190208

Author: Virginia Boecker

Rating: ★★★1/2

Provided Synopsis: 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.

Review: When Elizabeth is falsely accused of witchcraft, thrown into prison, and sentenced to death, she finds herself on the other side of the status quo. As a witch hunter, it is usually Elizabeth who is responsible for the discovery of a witch or wizard and their subsequent capture. Now that her life is in the balance she must rely on the only one available to give her help: who also happens to be the most sought-after wizard in the country for his rebellion against the anti-witchcraft laws.

A prophecy is told, a quest must be undertaken, and the result of this book was something that I found to be fun, fast-paced, and easy to follow. The Witch Hunter is by no means at the Game of Thrones level mentioned by the marketing department, but it is something with its own charm that is sure to appeal to certain readers. I believe what made this book work for me is that I liked the deciphering of the prophecy, and revelations about a prominent character, and how the line between good and evil has been established at the onset of what is sure to be war.

If you are interested in a YA book with a fantasy-lite tone, then I would recommend this one. There is magic, adventure, and even some romance, although I will admit the later was weakly established, making me thankful it serves no headlining role in the story.

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