Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (The Witch Hunter #1)

The Witch Hunter
by Virginia Boecker

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316327008
Genre: YA Fantasy
Print Length: 366 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
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.

Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.
  

 
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
The Witch HunterTrained most of her life as a witch hunter, the only family Elizabeth Grey knows are those who trained and fought with her. She is the best of her kind, but in a tumultuous world in fear of witches, wizards and necromancers, one bad choice brings the finger of accusation pointing in Elizabeth’s direction. She is rescued, near death by her “enemy,” only to discover a world of people who are not monsters, normal people with special gifts and she must break a powerful curse to save the life of the most powerful wizard known. Does she have what it takes to unravel this mystery or has a trap been set by those she used to call family? Alone, unsure who to trust, she finds her heart being drawn to a healer, but what will he do when he discovers she was a lethal hunter? How many lies and secrets will be revealed and what will be the consequences? Even in a world of magic, the future is an unknown.

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker is a journey back in time, when superstitions were used to hold power over the masses and one brave young girl must learn to trust her instincts and discover truths that will change her forever. Virgina Boecker has created her world with her own magic, as reality fades away and the hands of time turn back the centuries. And invites into the heart and mind of Elizabeth as she tells her tale and her eyes are opened to truth about good and evil. The daring of youth and that youthful ability to question all that one has been taught come through like a shining star as the main character truly becomes a force to be reckoned with as a free-thinking individual.

A highly recommended young adult fantasy that is well-written, action-packed and filled with both emotional drama and discoveries. I received an ARC edition from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in exchange for my honest review.



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