Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Source: Netgalley / Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5
Out of all of the different paranormal creatures, witches have to be my least favorite. For some reason, whenever I hear witches, I think of a bunch of jibber-jabber, magical spells that have too much history behind them. Or it may be because I just love vampires/werewolves/angels too much, and no witch book has ever stuck out to me. However, after reading The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, witches may just be my new favorite type of paranormal creature.
The Witch Hunter follows the story of a witch hunter named Elizabeth Grey, who has grown up hunting, but not killing, witches nearly her whole life alongside her companion, Caleb. Her job is to capture witches and bring them to the stake to burn. However, after an incident that unfortunately mistakes her to be a witch, everything goes awry and Elizabeth has to figure out how to get out of this witchy situation.
The cast of characters in The Witch Hunter is probably my favorite part of the story. Our main character Elizabeth is lovable from the start: she may be a kick-ass witch hunter, but she is flawed just like any other teenage girl. She’s not perfect and she knows it, which makes her all the more relatable. The people she meets along the way really grew on me, and there are a handful of them. George, Fifer, John, Nicholas, all of them. Fifer, a snarky teen witch, is really rude to Elizabeth, but eventually gets to know her and I grew to love her as well. I can’t say that the romance was absolutely necessary in the story, but it added a nice heart-warming emotional aspect to the story. It’s certainly not a romance that takes away, but rather adds to the story.
The world building itself is nicely developed; set in an alternate 1500 England, the witch history and kingdom drama is at an all-time high, and these teens must figure out how to destroy the new ruler. The magic aspect is so fun and I think Boecker had a fun time writing it as well. I certainly think it is entertaining and fast-paced.
Overall, I can happily say that The Witch Hunter is a light, fast-paced witch story with a highly endearing cast of characters. I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did with my mindset of witches being my least favorite in the paranormal category, but Boecker surely changed that. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the sequel, no doubt!