The King Slayer by Virginia BoeckerThe King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

The King Slayer

byVirginia Boecker

Hardcover | June 14, 2016

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An action-packed and suspenseful sequel toThe Witch Hunter, perfect for fans ofGracelingand the Grisha Trilogy.
"I think, in time, you'll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory."
Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.

"[Filled] with everything a good fantasy book needs: swords, poison, black magic, and betrayal."--April Tucholke, author ofBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, onThe Witch Hunter
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel,The Witch Hunter. She now lives in Portland, Oregon 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 ki...
Title:The King SlayerFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:June 14, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316327239

ISBN - 13:9780316327237


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life What this series has done wonderfully is cut out all the mundane, drawn-out bits that can make me a pissed off reader. You know the plot devices that will push the story forward in the most annoying way? Well, The King Slayer is the second and last book, thus making this a duology. Which means there isn't the time for all the crap. Instead, the story and characters move forward quickly and I loved it. The world is not overly complex, There's magic in a historical type fantasy world. And after the events of The Witch Hunter Elizabeth, John and the gang are left to start building a revolution. The bad guys don't give them much time to do so. Elizabeth's only problem isn't Harrow being attacked; there's the fact that the residents aren't so accepting and trusting of an ex-witch hunter. Even with John and Nick's backing. The biggest problem, though? Apparently saving John's life is coming at an even biggest cost than expected. It's taking a toll on their relationship, both are feeling resentment, keeping secrets well wanting to be the one that saves the other from certain death. It's really quite dramatic, but in a good and feeling way. The hardest part was seeing John's nice and sweet personality take an 180. Elizabeth had to some things that were near impossible, like the possibility of losing John's love. But I agreed that she had to do them to try and save his life. I saw their struggles and fall out as a side effect of the dark war looming. And although I wanted an immediate reconciliation it was more realistic how their relationship had to learn to trust again. Don't worry there's still some swoon because John. The characters are certainly what this series does best. From Fifer, Schuyler, Nick, Peter the Pirate, George and a few new faces in The King Slayer they're all fantastic and add so much to the story. Although I didn't find the series to be totally original at its core, the good magicians trying to overthrow the evil magicians(or those that oppose magic), the elements, like the marks the witch hunters received and how that spiraled out to create a bigger plot point then I expected. Which in turn lead to an intense conflict and a few jaw dropping moments amongst all the magically fighting. I truly enjoyed this finale. It wrapped everything up in a most satisfying way. There were some predictable moments and some that shocked me, which I believe is on point for a good finale. The King Slayer is fun and magical and a real treat for anyone looking for a quick character filled series with witches.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Conclusion but I NEED MORE! I read The Witch Hunter last year and it surprised me so much. I loved it. It was one of my favourite books of 2015. I think it helped that I didn't have any expectations when I read it. So I dove into The King Slayer with an open mind and it was everything I didn't know I wanted and more. I had no clue what's coming in this second book so I was both scared and excited to find out. I had vague ideas (which eventually came true) but I didn't know exactly what to expect. The ominous vibe and foreboding atmosphere of The King Slayer kept me on my toes. Ms. Boecker assaults us with action after emotional action. Even during the downtimes I couldn't let myself feel any relief because something was always happening (in the background). I was gripping the book and silently begging for things to be okay. With all that being said, I did not want this book to end. Like ever. I could read about these characters night and day. Day after day. One of my absolute most favourite thing about this duology is seeing Elizabeth and John together. In The Witch Hunter, they had to hurdle many physical obstacles and much emotional turmoil to finally be together. In The King Slayer, they are once again tested. It was hard to watch them struggle but whether it was on their own or as a pair, they stayed strong. The love and care they have for each other is so genuine and palpable it fills my heart. Elizabeth and John will forever be one of my favourite OTP. Don't be surprised to see the reappearance of a few familiar faces and the introduction of some new ones. Of them I expected one while another surprised me. I was uneasy to see them both but I ended up enjoying getting to know them (better) in this book. The original supporting cast upheld their usual snarky and sarcastic selves. Seeing Fifer and Schuyler by Elizabeth's side made me very happy. All the characters were integral to moving the plot. I love how they served their purpose to the overall story. Though in war of course there would be casualties. It was hard to watch the sacrifices made but they were so honourable. The King Slayer is a brilliant and fitting conclusion to The Witch Hunter duology. A series that I wish would go on and on but alas all good things must come to an end. My advice is to read this duology because you will regret it if you don't!
Date published: 2016-06-13

Editorial Reviews

"Those who like their stories fast-paced will enjoy this mashup of historical and fantasy. Ghouls, ghosts, magic, and supernatural creatures all appear, lending humor and creepiness in equal measure."-School Library Connection