Saturday, August 29, 2015

New To My Shelf...The Witch Hunter

Back in the olden days my favorite thing to do was visit my favorite real life book store, Borders. It was a time before Amazon and book bloggers ruled the kingdom and publishers were forced to win me over with nothing more than a snazzy cover and catchy summary. It was always a surprise to see what I could find and I loved scouring the shelves and hunting for treasure.

Now I probably shouldn't admit this, but some time back I quit following book blogs and stopped reading reviews on Amazon. I wanted to get back to what I loved while I still have an actual brick-and-mortar store to frequent. The newest and most popular books still pop up in my Twitter feed, but I go out of my way not the read about them, unless a friend makes a point to recommend it.

So after spending a half hour walking up and down the YA aisle in Barnes & Noble, this is what I decided to give a try. The Witch Hunter, by Virginia Boecker. I've never heard of the book or the author, but I liked what I read on the flap copy and thought  I would give it a try.

The Witch Hunter~

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.

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