The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1) – Virginia Boecker



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.


Let’s get this out of the way: this is not Game of Thrones. At all. In any form. You never see the political intrigue, as much as you are told that it exists and that is about the only thing the even begins to compare between the two. Pick this up for the Game of Thrones comparison and you’ll be disappointed.

That said, The Witch Hunter is a rather enjoyable piece of Young Adult fantasy. Elizabeth is a likable protagonist. The romance, such as it is, is appropriate to the action and the situation of the characters. The supporting cast is solid all around and the book is well paced. It’s well written and a fun read.

Okay, yeah, this is totally a generic review because other than being a fun read, this book is a pretty basic YA fantasy. That said, I’d still have no problems recommending this to YA fans. I think it does the genre proud.

Verdict: A strong Borrow It. It doesn’t do anything new, but was still quite fun regardless.

Available: June 2nd


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