Thursday, 4 June 2015

Review - Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter, #1) by Virginia Boecker

Title: Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter, #1)
Author: Virginia Boecker
Pages: 368
Publisher: Orchard Books
Release date: 4th June 2015

Blurb from Goodreads:

Witches, watch out... Half Bad meets Kill Bill in this incredible new supernatural series.

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey doesn't look dangerous. A tiny, blonde, wisp of a girl shouldn't know how to poison a wizard and make it look like an accident. Or take out ten necromancers with a single sword and a bag of salt. Or kill a man using only her thumb. But things are not always as they appear. Elizabeth is one of the best witch hunters in Anglia and a member of the king's elite guard, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and bringing those who practice it to justice. And in Anglia, the price of justice is high: death by burning.

When Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she's arrested and thrown in prison. The king declares her a traitor and her life is all but forfeit. With just hours before she's to die at the stake, Elizabeth gets a visitor - Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in Anglia. He offers her a deal: he will free her from prison and save her from execution if she will track down the wizard who laid a deadly curse on him.

As Elizabeth uncovers the horrifying facts about Nicholas's curse and the unwitting role she played in its creation, she is forced to redefine the differences between right and wrong, friends and enemies, love and hate... and life and death.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Hachette Children’s Books and NetGalley*

3/5 stars

Elizabeth Grey lives in Anglia, a land where witches are imprisoned and burned. She is a witch hunter, one of the best.
But then Elizabeth is found with something that only a witch would have and she's sentenced to death.
The most wanted wizard in Anglia, Nicholas Perevil, appears at Elizabeth's cell and offers her a deal - he will help her escape if she in return breaks the curse that is slowly killing him.
How will Elizabeth cope being surrounded by magic and those that have it when she's been taught to hate it and them?

Going into Witch Hunter I was pretty excited - a book about a witch hunter who is accused of being a witch and goes on the run, sounds good right? While I liked Witch Hunter I was a bit disappointed.
Elizabeth was a likeable, relatable protagonist and I liked most of the other characters.
The romance was sweet and not over the top.
The plot was good and there was a twist that I didn't see coming but I did lose interest in one place.

I do feel that Witch Hunter missed a trick but I enjoyed it overall.