Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker

Elizabeth Grey is a witch hunter. No, she's not chasing down bed knobs and broom sticks, she's the real deal. Her work includes taking down dangerous wizards & necromancers that summon ghouls, impose curses and generally wreck havoc in their city.

One day, after a long shift of crushing evil, Elizabeth and her partner Caleb go for a drink at the local watering hole. One thing leads to another and Elizabeth finds herself disoriented, confused and frightened.

In her delirium, she finds herself in possession of illegal substances and in a cruel twist of irony is accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death.

Waiting to die in a freezing jail cell, abandoned by her friends and sick with fever, Elizabeth is offered salvation from an unlikely source, a notoriously dangerous wizard named Nicholas Perevil.

Saved by the enemy, she's asked to perform a deadly task as payment: Find and destroy the source of the life-draining curse that's been thrust upon Nicholas by an unknown adversary.

As she joins a rag-tag crew of witches, pirates, wizards and ghosts, Elizabeth discovers that things aren't as black and white as she thought they were. She's soon forced to choose between the life she's on the run from, and the one she was kidnapped into.

I really enjoyed The Witch Hunter, there are some great elements of dungeon-crawling creepiness, shadowy characters and high-stakes adventure. Any fan of Sarah J. Maas or Leigh Bardugo's great Grisha trilogy will love it.

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