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.
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker is the first book in The Witch Hunter series. It follows main protagonist Elizabeth Grey as she goes from being one of the kingdoms best witch hunter, to being thrown in prison, saved from prison, and then asked to save the man she thought was her enemy.
Being a huge fan of the witchy genre I knew I had to get my hands on this book! It was such a great adventure from beginning to end. A great storyline, awesome cast of characters, cool action sequences, and satisfying ending to a first book. But not all was perfect for me. The pacing at times was a bit dry and slow and the fact that the king is mentioned several times but I don’t remember meeting him in the story. If he is important enough to keep popping up in conversation, then I feel he should have a bigger part in the story, or at least help progress it better.
But enough of that, let’s talk about the awesome that is The Witch Hunter. This book will have you hooked with tons of fighting, demon slaying, witch hunting badassery. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses which we get to see explored in the story. Boecker’s writing style will keep you engaged and wanting more and more page after page. She brilliantly creates a world unlike any other taking bits and pieces from real life history to make it that much more authentic!
I loved that Elizabeth goes from hunting down the most powerful wizard in the world to then teaming up with him to save the kingdom from an even bigger enemy that’s right under her nose. This plot twist made for an epic adventure ride of a storyline!
Out of all the characters in the book only two really stuck with me. The sweet and gentle John, and the trickster revenant Schuyler. I couldn’t help but fall in love with John as a character. He is such a sweetheart to Elizabeth even after he finds out her big secret. And the way he takes care of Nicholas like a dutiful grandson type. Do boys this sweet even exist anymore? And then you have the complete opposite, badass too cool for you Schuyler. Although he is the dangerous bad boy, he still has a soft heart when it comes to Fifer and her well being. They’re hilarious banter made for some funny and interesting dialogue throughout the book!
The Witch Hunter takes place in an alternate 16th century England. In the height of the executions of the witches, no one is safe. I really liked the way that the Boecker really brought the world to life. We get the sense of wreckage and poverty within the villages that the peasants live and also the elegance and rich atmosphere that the royals reside. The descriptions of the wardrobe was spot on and very fitting for the time period. It was also filled with many magical elements like Nicholas’ magical galaxy he creates in the dining hall or the secret forest that is created to hold the secret magic party.
I highly recommend The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker. If you’re a lover of witches and all things magical, you won’t be disappointed. Let me know if you’ve read this book, and what you thought of it in the comments! Let’s start a conversation~
Plot = 4/5
Writing = 5/5
Characters = 3.5/5
Setting = 4/5
Until next time,
In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick.