ARC review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (The Witch Hunter #1) (Erika’s Review)

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Original Title: The Witch Hunter

Year Published: 2015

Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (an arc was kindly provided via NetGalley)

Number of Pages: 368

First Sentence: I stand at the edge of the crowded square, watching the executioners light the pyres, the two men, dressed fro work in dark red cloaks and charred leather gloves, circle the narrow wooden platforms, their lit torches held high.

Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

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.

My thoughts:

I really liked this book. It was fast-paced, filled with action and very well written. The characters are very likable and the story intriguing. The plot is very interesting and I loved that it was set in an alternative historical England.

Elizabeth is a great main character. She is flawed and so very real. Sometimes heroines are either badass the whole way through or whining and crying throughout the book. Elizabeth is badass yet afraid, which she acknowledges, although she might not happily admit it to the people around her.

The rest of the characters are just as easy to like or dislike depending on whether they are good or bad. I gotta say that George is my absolute favourite. Sassy and badass, and just plain human on top of that. Brilliant.

I think the love story progressed a little too quickly considering how little time it was given in the actual story. It would have been better if it never took the step out of the friendship area until the next book. The book would have been just as good without the romantical elements.

Yes, there were parts that were slightly boring because they were slow, but it was mostly due to the fact that the rest held such a high tempo. In fact, it was even slightly relaxing to read the slower parts, because they didn’t need as much focus.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, I do.

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