on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Challenge Source: Library
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.
Before I start my review, let me get this straight: I have always hated anything that has got to do with witch hunters. I hated reading about the Salem witch trials, because there’s only so many heartbreaks I can take regarding the idiocy of the people in the past. Hence, it took me awhile to start reading this book because I could not decide whether I should read it or not. In the end, I did so because I stumbled upon it at the library and the cover caught my eye. I fell in love with the cover, simply said.
The book started off pretty slow and well, gruesome, which almost made me regret reading it. However, the moment I turned the next chapter, I was sucked into the book. The pace became faster and everything started making sense. The one thing that came across my mind while reading this book was the author’s writing. She twisted and turned her words, making the story more intriguing, teasing us with what was to come.
The main character, Elizabeth, was ambitious and really darn good at her job. She was no weakling, let me assure you. She took charge of her own problems, and knows how to kick ass. However, I loved that the author placed some insecurities into Elizabeth, to make her feel more real, in the sense that she was not just this cold-blooded witch murderer.
Being a witch hunter did not mean that Elizabeth was the enemy, so I did not have a problem with her. She hated witches, not because she was scared of them, or hated them in general. Rather, she had been brought up to hate them, and with every witch she captured, she honestly believed that she was doing the right thing.
The Witch Hunter got me feeling so involved and emotionally trapped in its story, that I could not put down the book. I had to read more, wanted to read more. It’s the type of book that will make you hold your breath, only letting it go the moment the book ended. I’m also surprised at how much more I know about the Salem trials and the history of witches just by reading this book. And even though I still hated the idiot people who treated witches that way in the past, I do understand a little bit as to why they acted so rashly.