Book Tuesday: The Witch Hunter


Title: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Pages: 368
Buy: Amazon

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.

This book was…good.

Elizabeth is one of the Kingdom’s finest witch hunters.  Along with her friend Caleb it’s her mission to find any and all magic and eradicate it.  The tables are turned when she is accused of being a witch herself and sentenced to burn at the stake.  The man she thought was her number one enemy, Nicholas Perevil, now becomes her savior.  She agrees to help him break the curse that’s been laid upon him, but her quest leads her to question her own beliefs and what she always thought was right and wrong.

Like I said earlier, this book was good.  It wasn’t bad, it wasn’t amazing, it was good.  I think what didn’t really drive me over the edge with this one was the characters seemed a bit one dimensional.  I mean, some of them were funny and witty, but, with the exception of Elizabeth, I don’t think we really get to the meat of them.  I think if we had seen a bit more character development, I wouldn’t have felt so detached.

The plot moved pretty fast, but it seemed a bit predictable at times.  Especially regarding allegiances and motives.

I mean we all saw where that was heading right???

Like I was saying earlier however, some of the characters would make decisions solely based on instinct and then change their minds later on in the book.  It just seemed a bit convenient at times.  I did enjoy Fifer and her no nonsense hoity-ness.  George was amusing.  John was just a good soul.  They all seemed to be filling a stereotype though and I would have liked to have seen more.

Also, was it just me, or did anybody else picture Blackwell as Septimus in Stardust?


I know. Completely random, but their characters just seemed so similar to me for some reason! Ok back to the review!

The world building was well done and I have a feeling we’ll see more history in the forthcoming installments.  The ending left you feeling satisfied even if it did suffer from a bit of “tied-with-a-bow” syndrome.  I will probably pick up the next installment, because I did enjoy this one; I was just hoping for a bit more than I got.




  1. Lynette Floyd says:

    I am hesitant to read any book that has been hyped. It crushes my soul when I am really looking forward to a book and it fails to deliver. I really want to read this, but I am going to wait until my library has it so just in case….

    • Cristina says:

      Yep, I would wait for this one. Like I said, it’s GOOD, but I just wasn’t blown away by it :-/

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