Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

November 8, 2015 Review 24 ★★★

Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
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Publisher: Little Brown
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 368
Release Date: June 2nd 2015
Series: The Witch Hunter #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 was a quick, entertaining read, but one that doesn’t stand out. There just didn’t seem to be anything special about it. The characters were one-dimensional, the world-building was nonexistent, the writing was flat, and the romance was unimaginative.

I’ve complained about a protagonist that trusts too easily but Elizabeth almost doesn’t trust at all – I don’t know which is more annoying. She keeps turning her back on and planning to betray those who have shown they care about her so her character was really frustrating to me in the beginning hundred or so pages. I never established much of a connection to her, or the other characters for that matter. 

“I understand the need for deception. I should; I live a life of it. Distasteful, perhaps. But necessary.”

The writing is very to the point: this happened, then this happened. Everything was described in the simplest of terms and can practically be read in a monotone voice. There was barely any world-building or explanations given to why things were the way they were.

Because I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, I couldn’t believe in the romance either. There were technically two love interests although it was pretty clear who she would end up with and one of the guys couldn’t be less interested in her romantically, although that didn’t stop her from pining after him.

Overall, THE WITCH HUNTER was a fast read, but the pacing wasn’t enough to make it memorable. Almost every aspect of the novel was fairly bland or just okay so I probably won’t continue with the series.

Rating Report
Overall: 2.7

24 Responses to “Review: The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker”

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I remember being really jazzed up about this one when it first started making rounds, but then again, I get that with any mention of witches XD But like you described here, most of the reviews I read for this one sounded so ‘meh’ Like, people didn’t hate it…but they didn’t love it either. I mean, it’s cool that it’s a quick read and all, but other than that, nothing sounds especially memorable or significant. And the fact that you just simply didn’t connect with the characters or care for the romance seals the deal for me: I do believe I’ll pass on this one. But thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, as always :) ♥
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    • Alise

      I remember being really excited about this one when it first came out too! Exactly, like if you read it it’s entertaining but not too memorable. Yeah :/ Sure! :)

    • Alise

      It really was, it’s like listening to a lecture in college almost, there’s no spark in the writing at all. Sure! :)

  2. Ashtyn @ Wonderland's Reader

    I felt almost exactly the same way. This book was so hard for me to get through purely because the world wasn’t developed enough for me and the characters drove me crazy. The only character I found myself somewhat enjoy was Schuyler but he wasn’t in the book as much as I would have liked. Thanks for the honest review!
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  3. Sarah J.

    This is sad to hear. It looks like a promising read. I find that both characters who trust too much to be more annoying than those who don’t trust at all, but I can see if she was constantly distrusting people. It sounds monotonous. Great review!
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  4. Valerie

    I ended up not finishing this because I couldn’t get through the writing or the characters, so I’m kind of glad that I wasn’t missing out on anything. Sorry this wasn’t the best read for you Alise! I hope your next read is better!
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  5. Lonna Y.

    Ahhh. Back to back mediocre reads – Soundless and now this. I think it’s time to pick up one of your trusty authors. =) Is it Mead I saw on Goodreads? “The characters were one-dimensional, the world-building was nonexistent, the writing was flat, and the romance was unimaginative.” I’m not sure what else is left to look forward to in this book as you’ve covered all of the things that really matter. o_O
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    • Alise

      I read Six of Crows after this so it’s all good :) Yeah, I like Mead’s other stuff but Soundless wasn’t too great. Aha, yeah, this one wasn’t the best either. Not too bad but not too great.

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