Book Review: The Witch Hunter


The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1) by Virginia Boecker
Genre: Fantasy, Magic
Pages: 362 (hardcover)
Released: 2nd June 2015
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars


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.


The Witch Hunter is a book that’s either gotten really harsh or really glowing reviews on goodreads but after reading it I’m kinda in the middle of the two, I mean the book was good enough to keep me reading until the last page but I’ll probably forget about it a few weeks from now.

So this book is set in the 1500’s during the famous witch burnings and when I heard about this I got really excited  about the whole concept but ended up being really disappointed because we see nothing of this time period, only the mention of witch burnings and some King. I mean this book had so much potential for better world building.

Lets talk about some of the characters;

  • Elizabeth – best witch hunter in Anglia- isn’t as badass as she’s made out to be. She’s not very smart either I mean something so obvious was staring her in the face and it took someone else telling her for her to realize it. Plus I get that she had a horrible past and some really crappy things were happening to her in the present but she didn’t have to be such a weak character and take everything lying down like she did.
  • John – witch, healer – total cutie but lacking in the personality dept, I just wish we had more development from him because of the major role he plays in the story.
  • Nicholas Perevilthe most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom needs children and teenagers to save his ass (lol).

Moving on… What I did like about this book was that even though the protagonist was weak, the supporting characters were pretty strong and made up for it. Also I liked the fact that the main character had no magic in this magical world, it mixed things up a bit.

Finally, do I recommend this book? Not really, the characters were under-developed and the world building was pretty crappy but if you want to give it a try you should because these were just my opinions and you may end up loving the book!


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