Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: 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.
I wasn’t really sure what I to expect when I started this book. I’d read a lot of mixed reviews before I had even started it, so I was trying to be as fair as I could be and not think about any of those reviews while I was reading.
When I started the book, I was pulled into the story immediately. It was a well crafted tale, clearly well thought out, and attention was paid to detail and world building. I truly felt like I was in the story. I cared for the characters, especially the relationship between Elizabeth and John. I normally hate insta-love relationships, but I felt like the author really did a good job in creating a nice, slow-developing (well, as opposed to many of the other books I’ve read) relationship between the two. The story was original (although I did hold my breath in the beginning, because I was concerned about seeing elements from other books wrapped up in this one – I didn’t), and the characters definitely likeable, and, unlike in many other books I’ve recently read, had a lot of traits and feelings that made you feel attached to them.
I read this book in a pretty short time period and was really sad when it was over. The story was addicting and for me, this book was a real page turner. I felt like the ending could have been drawn out a bit more than it was (then again, I feel that way about all books I truly love), because it felt like it was rushed…but I guess that just leaves me wanting more for the next installment in this awesome young adult fantasy series…and I definitely cannot wait for that next book!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.