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

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Goodreads Summary:

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.

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

My Review

Elizabeth has been a skilled witch hunter for years, fighting to bring witches and wizards to justice by burning at the stake. Her job has always been black and white, however it slowly turns gray when she gets put into prison, and sentenced death, only to be rescued by the kingdom’s most wanted wizard! Soon her life takes a turn, and quickly discovers whose side she’s actually on.

It’s terrible of me to say this, but I’m kind of indifferent to this book…it just wasn’t fantastic, it wasn’t terrible, it just was. I guess there just wasn’t anything super extraordinary about The Witch Hunter. It had just enough plot movement to keep me interested. It was definitely worth finishing, but I wasn’t blown away by this book. It didn’t stand out much in comparison to other fantasies I’ve read. I enjoyed the main character and I liked who she ended up with. I was pleased by the fact that the romantic conflicts/plot conflicts weren’t dragged on unnecessarily, but I just didn’t find myself overly involved in the story itself.

The ending was over before it started, I mean there were definitely plenty of magical elements in the story but I would have liked for there to have been some magical battles or just a bigger conclusion in general. It definitely left it open for there to be more, however, there wasn’t a cliffhanger by any means. I’m not sure I’ll be reading the next book. The Witch Hunter was well written and would probably be enjoyed by most any fantasy reader, however if you are looking for a magically-enthused-plot-heavy- mind-blower, then this is not the book for you.

You can buy The With Hunter on Amazon here.

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