About The Witch Hunter:


Author: Virginia Boecker

Pub. Date: June 2, 2015

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 368

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in 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.

My Thoughts:

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If you haven’t already heard my raving about The Witch Hunter, then you are certainly about to. I read The Witch Hunter back in early spring, and immediately fell in love. From brilliant characters, to a vividly imagined world, to a thrilling concept…The Witch Hunter is a perfect fantasy for me.

The Witch Hunter is set in a world similar to medieval England, where witchcraft is outlawed. Elizabeth works for the King as a witch hunter, alongside her best friend and crush Caleb, at least until she gets accused of witchcraft herself. With no option other than death, Elizabeth is forced to accept the aid of Nicholas Perevil, a wizard and outlaw.

The concept of The Witch Hunter was what originally attracted me to this book, since I adore witch stories. The execution was amazing. The book opens with a bang, and the action never ceases throughout. I was pleasantly surprised by the hilarious banter between the characters, which I hadn’t expected!

I LOVE the world that Virginia Boecker has created! In the Medieval like town called Anglia, witchcraft is illegal, and Elizabeth and a group of elite witch hunters are in charge of capturing witches to be burnt at the stake. I don’t know much about this time period so I can’t talk about that, but I definitely appreciated the amount of detail, and Virginia’s writing brought this world to life.

There are so many aspects I adored about The Witch Hunter, but I think the protagonist really made the book for me. Elizabeth is fierce, and determined to change her fate. She has been accused of witchcraft and knows that this accusation is false. Throughout the book, she struggles to figure out who she can trust, and to uncover all the lies she has been living with until now.  Elizabeth was easy to relate to, and even easier to root for! I loved how she developed throughout the course of The Witch Hunter, and I can’t wait to see what will happen in the sequel next year.

Besides Elizabeth, the author has also developed a fantastic cast all around. While I loathed the antagonist Lord Blackwell, I adored Elizabeth’s love-hate relationship with Fifer. I’m hoping their friendship will grow more in the next books! Also, can we take a moment to discuss the romance? I could spend this entire review talking about the relationship between Elizabeth and John, but I’ll just make this short and sweet: The romance was adorable, I need more and I SHIP IT!

There was never a dull moment in The Witch Hunter, and I am very excited to see how the story progresses in the sequel. I loved it, and I will definitely keep reading! The Witch Hunter is perfect for YA readers, especially for fans of Kristin Cashore and Rae Carson. Highly, highly recommended!

VIrginia-Boecker-Headshot-1About Virginia Boecker:

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Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George.


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2 Comments on {Blog Tour} The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

  1. Olivia Roach
    June 11, 2015 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I actually have a copy of this one and should get around to reading it! I have seen quite a few negative reviews so it is good to hear a positive one! I like the medieval time of England so it sounds like I am going to enjoy that element of things. As well as that, I like the idea of brilliant world building!
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    • Jessica
      June 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm (2 years ago)

      No, it’s amazing! Pinky promise. 🙂


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