The Witch HunterThe Witch Hunter #1
Written by: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Gifted from a friend
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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.
I’m going to start off this review by saying something that I did not expect I’d be able to say about The Witch Hunter. This book was… fun.
And I say that while acknowledging that “fun” is usually a good thing! But it was the type of “fun” that I wasn’t expecting out of this book at all — it was a fun adventure, with fun characters, quite a bit of humor, a pretty sweet (and light) romance… Do you see where I’m going with this?
The Witch Hunter is a fast-paced read filled with witches, swords, magic, kickass fight scenes, and danger around every corner. But on the whole, I felt like the book was pretty… light? It was a more lighthearted adventure than what I expected, what with the violence and gravity of the book’s plot.
And I think that feelings stems from the characters — they came across as pretty young, to me. Which was definitely not what I was expecting. I expected it to be dark. I expected the characters to be complex and for there to be FEELS and ANGST — especially with the whole secret-witch-hunter-helping-witches-and-falling-for-a-healer thing. But while The Witch Hunter touched on those things, I feel like it only did so on the surface, and didn’t get quite as intense/dark/complex as I expected it to. It was still very entertaining, but it fell short of my expectations, and of what it could have been, which is always a little disappointing.