The Witch Hunter was a mixed bag for me.
Book Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Title & Author: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Witches
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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.”
Witches Be Cray
As far as paranormal books go, a lot of ground has been covered. This is definitely a very popular genre – both in the book world and in TV and movies – so I think the bar is higher here.
For that reason, The Witch Hunter fell short for me. While it was entertaining, the story wasn’t original enough for me to fall in love with its setting or plot.
What the book did excel in was the aspect of the story that shares the book’s title – hunting witches. Or the aspect of the book that centered on this idea.
Elizabeth is a talented witch hunter, but the very things she’s best at is turned on her when she’s accused of being a witch. Her journey to escape and discover the truth was twisty and exciting, and I liked her overall arc as a character.
Plus, there were some fantastic surprises in The Witch Hunter that really created some gasps for me, which I love.
The main problem was that I didn’t get enough of what I wanted (getting more time with a ragtag group of characters with interesting talents) and I got too much of what I didn’t (a predictable romance with typical problems and a half-hearted love triangle).
I also read this book in starts and stops, which affected my enjoyment of the book because I was constantly reorienting myself to the story and what was going on. Part of that is because I struggled to connect but the other part was just life getting in the way.
I’m still on the fence about reading book 2, as I found this book to be entertaining but nothing truly different or unique. The Witch Hunter offered great twists and turns but with a less flair than other paranormal counterparts and with a few elements I personally dislike.