The Witch Hunter book reviewTitle:  The Witch Hunter

Author:  Virginia Boecker
Release Date:  June 2, 2015
Publisher:  Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Source:  ARC provided by the publisher via BEA

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. (Goodreads)

My Review:

The Witch Hunter is about Elizabeth Grey, a young girl who has been taught to fear magic and blames witches for the death of her parents.

Trained to hunt down any magic practitioners and bring them in for punishment, Elizabeth is very good at her job. In fact, she’s one of the best witch hunters around, despite her young age.

Then one day Elizabeth is accused of witchcraft herself and thrown in the dungeon to await her turn at the stake. Stunned by the betrayal of her mentor and bereft when her best friend doesn’t return to rescue her, Elizabeth has no choice but to go with a known wizard in order to avoid certain death.

While she at first plans to betray the outlaw wizards in order to regain favor, she soon learns that there’s a huge bounty on her head and returning is no longer an option.

Left with no other choices, Elizabeth agrees to help the wizard in exchange for safe passage out of the country. Along the way, she learns that wizards and witches aren’t as evil as she was led to believe.

Elizabeth also learns a few other things that leave her shocked and confused. Has her entire life been based on a lie? Left wondering what to believe and who she can trust, Elizabeth must make some difficult choices.

Really enjoyed this story! I liked Elizabeth, even though some of her decisions made me want to smack her! She wasn’t a total idiot though, just a naive young girl in over her head. And yes, a trained witch hunter can still be naive!

While it wasn’t really explained why witchcraft was illegal or why the penalties were so harsh, the world was familiar enough to be believable.

Really enjoyed the world that the author created! This book had a decent plot, an interesting premise, and good characters. It was a fast read for me and left me wanting more!

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