The Witch Hunter

Paperback | May 3, 2016

byVirginia Boecker

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The magic and suspense ofGracelingmeet the political intrigue and unrest ofGame of Thronesin 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.

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The magic and suspense ofGracelingmeet the political intrigue and unrest ofGame of Thronesin 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 he...

Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history. 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 kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:May 3, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316327190

ISBN - 13:9780316327190

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story I greatly enjoyed The Witch Hunter. It was difficult to put down. I love the fantasy genre and The Witch Hunter met most of my expectations. This book is filled with action, romance, political intrigue...the whole shebang. It's a greatly enjoyable read. There were only two things I had a problem with: 1) the romance, and 2) Caleb's character. The romance between Elizabeth and a certain guy happened incredibly fast. I just found it to be too unbelievable, especially considering the circumstances surrounding them both. They fell in love freakishly fast. As for Caleb, I was very disappointed in how his character was handled. I found him to be very fascinating and hoped he would play a bigger role in the next book. I looked forward to it. Well, I won't say anything else but I feel like Caleb's character had a lot more potential. But I will definitely read The King Slayer! So far I love this series!
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada More like the ex witch hunter! Apparently she was convinced right away that her entire life was a lie. I'm not sure why she was convinced so easily when there was no proof. Maybe because the group of people she ended up meeting were kind and knew what the word "family" meant. I also did not see all the chemistry or love that Elizabeth and John felt. It was more like friendship first, then all of a sudden he forgave her? I wasn't buying it. It was too easy, he was mad for a second and then wasn't! I pretty much loved the fiery Fifer and the sarcastic George. Those two secondary characters had more personality than the two main ones. They were super entertaining when they bickered. Sometimes it's such a shame that the two main characters can be so forgettable when the side characters are brimming with personality. The overall story was fairly interesting and I liked how the author incorporates magic users versus non-magic users. I just didn't see why it was banned in the first place. Just because it was dangerous? Why was it a danger? There was no explanation. Maybe the second book will have more answers because I really want to know what happens to their world and to the rest of the characters. It was such a fun ride, but I wanted a bit more awareness. Guess that's just me being nit-picky. Perfect for fans who love the witchy genre :)
Date published: 2016-06-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After I happened to read The Witch Hunter while playing through Dragon Age 2 for the first time. So maybe it shouldn't be as much of a surprise that this book reminded me of that game? Needless to say, I loved both of them. The Witch Hunter is fantasy YA with an emphasis on politics and political intrigue, which is one of my favourite things to read about. Although this usually ends up with a slower-paced book, it certainly doesn't take away from the excitement or how engaging a book is provided a reader can handle a slower pace. Reasons to Read: 1. The political intrigue: I loved how the world in the Witch Hunter was set up with conflict between mages and non-mages. It's understandable, if you think of how much power a mage would have and the advantages of having magic. So I'm grateful to see that there's a book series which took this into consideration and included this type of conflict in the plot. 2. Elizabeth's focus and determination: I also liked how Elizabeth focused on the task at hand and wasn't easily distracted. You could see how she would make a good witch-hunter, despite some poor choices at times. Most importantly, Elizabeth experiences significant character development throughout the story as everything she has known and taken for granted is tested. 3. Interesting system of magic: This was one of my favourite parts of the book but I loved how magic was presented. Not only was it far from perfect, and potentially dangerous, but readers can easily see how it complicates matters as well. It isn't as simple as most of us would imagine, and it creates problems for some of the characters, most notably Elizabeth after she's accused of being a witch. Some parts of the story were fairly predictable and I could have used a few more twists. After a while, I found the story progressed in a way that I was expecting and yet I was so engrossed in the book that it hardly mattered. I'm hoping to see a few more surprises as the series continues, though. There were so many things I loved about this book - the character dynamics and the world building included! It was a complex story that really appealed to my love of good fantasy stories. ARC received from HBG Canada for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not As Great As Promised Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from Hachette Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I haven't read Graceling (yet), but I have read and seen and thrive on everything A Song of Ice and Fire so I was excited that this synopsis had promise of political unrest because I thrive on that. But it wasn't there. Honestly, even the magic wasn't really there. There was mentions of magic, but there was not enough actual magic being produced for me to really enjoy it. It also felt very rushed. I knew it was a serious, so when everything was happening all at once, I was a little confused. I liked that the beginning started with action and that Elizabeth had a secret, but then it felt plot wise slow to me after that. Even her secret wasn't that interesting or even relevant to the storyline, except that it allowed her to know where the party would take place rather than what the party invitation said. I thought that there would be more about her relationship with Caleb since he seemed to be written as so important to the story. But he only had a limited amount of scenes in the novel. The first ten percent of the novel that included him gave us limited insight into the world and, while I understand that women were persecuted for being witches for taking herbs that would help them not conceive, I feel as though it was too easy of a solution to move the story into where the actual plot begins. Elizabeth was honestly nothing special. She didn't know how to see when things would occur even if they were literally told to her and it made it very frustrating. I also thought it was too convenient that she said she didn't understand any part of the prophecy but then magically knew exactly where to look for the item she was seeking. Also, considering she was the "best witch hunter" why had she never done more questioning about why and what the witches had done and why the witch hunters were using magic to help themselves. It was strange that she never thought about it more, in my opinion. I thought maybe since George and Peter were introduced so early into the story they would have more screentime, but they were lacking that. Also, if George was the king's fool, why was he barely around the king after he found Elizabeth? Wouldn't that have been cause for suspicion by both the king and Blackwell? And Peter had such good potential, so hopefully there is more about him and his dynamic with John in the next novel. John was only okay for me. I didn't understand the semi-instalove that he and Elizabeth had but maybe it will get more developed in the next novel? Fifer was only okay to me. She is still the typical "I am a nasty bitch" girl who sneaks off with someone that her friends/family don't really approve of just for attention. She had a "tragic" back story so I guess that is supposed to make me like her, but I'm not sure if I do yet. I do feel like this plot has been semi done before. As I was reading, I thought about Half Bad, The Mortal Instruments Series, Flicker, etc. I think a lot of these young adult fantasy series follow a lot of the same patterns and don't do it quite as well as some of the other series. The Witch Hunter was somewhere in the middle for me. There wasn't a cliffhanger so I don't have to know what happens next, but I will finish off the series. Maybe there will be some actual political elements to it other than angry mobs and a plot to overthrow the king (that was literally it). Overall: 3/5 stars for an interesting concept that I feel has been done multiple times and better by some but worse by others.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Since this is a review book I should write a more in depth review, but I don't have a lot to say. Although The Witch Hunter is far from original, it's still a really good story. I found the plot was pretty predictable. But that didn't stop me from enjoying the story. I flew through it. I liked the magical world Boecker has created. It's kind of fun and not particularly dark. The writing flowed really well. Made it easy to read and become engrossed. What really kept me reading was the characters. Great bunch of them. Elizabeth is kick ass and strong, but also relatable and likable. I empathized with all her decisions and emotions. Especially when it came to the romance. Totally ship it! So hard. I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel, which unfortunately is at least a year away.
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I LOVE this book! This book is awesome. The Witch Hunter is about Elizabeth, a witch hunter (obviously) who was arrested for being a witch, until a Reformist saves her from prison so that she may help them and fulfill her prophecy. There isn`t much world building in the beginning, though it expands a whole lot more once we learn of the reasons behind the witch burnings and also once Elizabeth escapes from the prison. I really like the way it progressed and started with something simple and expanded slowly to become more complex. I absolutely adore the way that Elizabeth`s character grows in this novel. She`s a witch hunter and it`s who she`s become since becoming orphaned. She never questioned her orders and is very good at her job. However, once she`s imprisoned and then comes to be in the company of some Reformists, the rebels, and learns more about them, she slowly starts to question her past and the things she`s done. She especially starts to realize the horror of the burnings and her status as a Witch hunter when she`s faced with the people whose families have been captured and burned at the stake. I just really enjoyed learning about her complexity and the things that make her tick. She`s great. LOVE her. Also, the way she and John act are super cute. The plot was great and I really enjoyed the whole prophecy bit of it. I always love a good prophecy. It moved fairly quickly and there`s a lot of action in it with swords, blood and stabbing. Overall, I really love this book and I highly reccomend it. The Witch Hunter is an action packed fantasy with great character development and it`s just great. READ IT.
Date published: 2015-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Favourite!! I absolutely loved this book! Staying up late reading is something I haven't done in a long time but The Witch Hunter made me do it. I could not put it down! The story was pulse-pounding, the world was thrilling and the characters were sensational. I'm completely in love~ Cracking open the book, we immediately see Elizabeth Grey in action as a witch hunter. There's no doubt she's skilled and good at her job but clearly something was wrong. Fairly soon, we come to realize why she's been off her game. Elizabeth gets delivered a death sentence when her secret gets out but fear not because there's a rescue. The most wanted man in the kingdom, Nicholas Perevil, needs Elizabeth. She was prophesized to be the one that can free him from a deadly curse so he offers her safety and protection in exchange for her help. From there, Elizabeth embarks on a quest that shatters her beliefs and opens her eyes to things she's never thought possible. Elizabeth is a heroine to look up to. It wasn't easy for me to stomach some of the things she went through but she braved it all. The tests/trials she endured made me shudder and the appalling thing that she tried to hide away had me grinding my teeth. Here, I really appreciate Virginia for not baiting us and making us wait for what it was. Elizabeth's secret was such an integral part to understanding her actions and reactions. I hated that she was getting punished for wanting to protect herself but at the same time, I'm glad it happened. It allowed her to finally have the answer to questions she's long had in her mind. The romance was delicious - slow-burning but sizzling hot in a subtle way! I did some major swooning over John. The way he unconditionally cared for Elizabeth and all those around him. He's super attentive and just flawless. Seriously, John will set your heart fluttering! I had the greatest time trying to decipher the prophecy alongside Elizabeth. Why was she the one? How is she special? The pieces were there just waiting for us to put them together. Wow did I love the moment it all fell into place. The reason to why Elizabeth was the key to breaking Nick's curse was bloody brilliant. It was literally in front of our eyes all along. I loved the assortment of side characters we got to meet. All so splendid, even the bad ones. Each had the perfect balance of intrigue, devotion and darkness. Caleb's loyalty was especially commendable even if it was the blind kind. Elizabeth's companions were all priceless - Fifer with her sassy attitude, George with his quips, Schuyler with his charms and of course John with his kind heart. It's also wonderful that when Elizabeth is feeling lost, she has Nick and his wise words. "As I always say, nothing is written in stone." (eARC, Loc 4031). He can even be funny without knowing it ;) That about sums up my thoughts about how epic this book is. Just in case my gushing above did not make any sense to you, let me just say, The Witch Hunter is a must-read for any fantasy lover! Don't hesitate, go get it this instant!!
Date published: 2015-06-05

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"Elizabeth is an endearingly flawed heroine, and the other characters are just as nuanced and delightful. With an immersive world and fast-paced, addictive plot, The Witch Hunter is perfect for those looking for their next fantastical adventure."-Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of Illusive