Friday, May 8, 2015

Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review The Witch Hunter.  We received a copy of Virginia Boecker's book for an honest review.

About the book:

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. 

This book is full of so much action and twists and turns.  Elizabeth has been a witch hunter with her friend Caleb.  She is the best at it, but her world is turned upside down when she is accused of being a witch herself.  She is thrown in jail and left to die, until an unlikely source comes to rescue her.  Nicholas Perevil is the most hunted "evil" wizard and he comes to her while she is in jail.  He is able to help her escape in exchange for her help.  I won't give anymore of the plot away, because you need to read it for yourself.  I will tell you that you won't be disappointed and will enjoy this book the whole way through.  There is never a dull moment and Elizabeth really discovers herself.  She learns what true evil is and question her previous beliefs.  At times she has to hide what her former job was in order to keep the people she cares about.  There is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the book.  I really hope this is a series, because I loved reading about Elizabeth and her new found friends.  She learns how to stand on her own and that she is not alone.  This book comes out in June, so make sure to check-out our copy once it arrives!

Buy the book:
       Barnes and Noble
      Parnassus Books

About the author:

Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, 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. 

In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. You can visit Virginia online at or on Twitter @virgboecker.

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