Revisiting: The Witch Hunter

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Goodreads Summary:

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.  

First, I will agree with everyone else who I have seen reviewing this, the comparisons to Graceling and GoT is a major stretch, and it’s certainly fantasy lite.

That said, I still enjoyed this. There were general issues, the characters weren’t as complex as I would have liked, I thought the budding romance was a bit flat, and it was pretty predictable. However, there were some great characters and dialogue, especially from George – my favorite. I also think there is a ton of potential for this series. We all know I’m a fan of sequels though so I am definitely planning to give this series another shot with the 2nd book.

Even with my re-read having me knock my initial Goodreads rating from 3 to 2 stars, I was entertained enough to go for the second book in hopes of general author growth that we often see within series. I had high hopes for the below issues to be resolved.

Though it was generally predictable, there were still enough twists to make it interesting, I guessed the big picture things, but there were plenty of little details and repercussions that played into the plot in a larger way that I think can play out in a very interesting way.

I also liked how open minded Elizabeth was, a lot of the reviews I read had issues with her turn around from being a witch hunter to being in league with witches. Well, I never got the sense that she hated witches from the beginning, she was doing her job, and it becomes very clear throughout that she had been pulled into the profession and that she adopted the animosity of those around her to fit in more. And she constantly talks about how confused she is now that she’s seeing more than one side of the idea behind the hatred for magic. That said, I was annoyed by the inconsistencies with her character. She is supposed to be this amazing witch hunter, but I feel like she’s having to be saved every other chapter. She’s played up to be so strong and powerful, but I never got that sense from her.

Hopefully we see improvement in the next one!

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