Philippa Gregory meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this witty and thrilling action-adventure novel of star-crossed assassins in Elizabethan England. Perfect for fans of My Lady Jane and A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.

When Lady Katherine’s father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn’t the only secret he’s been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father’s mission, and to take it one step further–kill the queen herself.

Katherine’s opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare’s newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn’t know is that the play is not just a play–it’s a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.

The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play’s leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.

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Early praise for An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason

“[Virginia Boecker] paints a thrilling picture of Tudor England with all the intrigue, romance, and danger a lover of historical fiction could want.”Sharon Biggs Waller, author of The Forbidden Orchid and A Mad, Wicked Folly

“Assassins, spies, a forbidden romance, a plot to kill the queen, and secrets aplenty–all centering around Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Be still my Shakespeare-loving fangirl heart.”Angela Mann, Kepler’s Books, Menlo Park CA

“An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason is the Shakespeare book I’ve been waiting for. Boecker cleverly intertwines classic Shakespearean tropes with a story that feels fresh and original. In addition to revolving around Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, it has the spirit and fun of A Knight’s Tale and a charm all its own. It instantly found a place on my all time favorites shelf.”―Rachel Strolle, Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville



“I think, in time, you’ll either be my greatest mistake or my greatest victory.”

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule—namely Elizabeth and the witches and wizards she now calls her allies.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. It’s up to her to stop Blackwell from turning the tide of battle against them, but at what cost? War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.

In the sequel to the Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker delivers a powerful tale full of action, suspense, camaraderie, and romance.

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The WitchHunter Revised 2The 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.

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Praise for The Witch Hunter

“Boecker’s confident debut takes the familiar elements of many strains of YA fantasy—epic setting, alternate history, wizardry, paranormal enforcers—and stirs them into an explosive cocktail of high-stakes adventure….The first-person, present-tense narration is rendered masterfully; coupled with the cinematic vividness of the descriptions, the whole makes for a page-turning delight.”—Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

“Boecker has created an alternate sixteenth-century world whose characters are as intriguing as the magical world they inhabit, and the violence as bloody and pain-filled as it is prevalent. Woven within the complex fantasy is a new understanding of friendship and a tenuous but sweet Romeo and Juliet–like love story that promises to blossom, along with the witchcraft, mystery, and bloodletting.”Booklist

“Debut author Boecker’s first-person, present tense narrative creates a suspenseful mood by allowing readers to see Elizabeth’s secrets, doubts, and fears…The book has plenty of action-sword fights, battles with monsters, black magic, and betrayal-but there is also camaraderie and romance…Fans of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling (Houghton Harcourt, 2008) will see similarities in this story of a girl with deadly skills who begins to question using her services to benefit a brutal ruler. This action-packed tale will be a welcome addition to most YA fantasy collections.” —School Library Journal

“Sassy and smart, this page-turning fantasy is full of action, wit, and magic. I ate it up in one sitting and demand more…now! —Beth Revis, New York Times bestselling author of the Across the Universe and The Body Electric.

“Boecker’s rich, witch-hunting, witch-burning world is filled with everything a good fantasy book needs: swords, poison, black magic, and betrayal. Elizabeth Grey is a tough, feisty protagonist whose fearless heart takes more twists and turns than the narrow city alleys in which the story opens. A fun, corpse-ridden, blood-drenched debut.” —April Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

“Crisp writing, a fast pace with bloody action, and the all-important monster rats make this story of a bold but more-vulnerable-than-she-realizes witch hunter a strong fantasy debut.”Kate Elliott, author of Cold Magic and Court of Fives

“Elizabeth is an endearingly flawed heroine, and the other characters are just as nuanced and delightful. With an immersive world and fast-paced, addictive plot, The Witch Hunter is perfect for those looking for their next fantastical adventure.”—Emily Lloyd-Jones, author of Illusive

—A Junior Library Guild selection

A YALSA 2016 Teens Top Ten Nominee

49 Responses to Books

  1. Morgan says:

    OMG the description is amazing!!!!! I can’t WAIT to read it, will preorder the second that I can 😀 Website looks great too!

  2. Adam Silvera says:

    DUDE. That description. So pumped for this book.

  3. michaela says:

    never been so excited to read a book before based on the description. UGH HURRY UP JUNE!

  4. Cindy Pham says:

    Just posted a review on NetGalley for this book. I gotta say, the story is interesting but the characters are even more so. Is there gonna be short stories into Fifer’s relationship with Shuyler? There’s so many interesting characters and the time and setting and town of which the story is set is so ominous and magical all at once. Would love to hear more about John and Elizabeth. A short story into how and why Nicholas got that curse. Maybe there’s a history between Blackwell and Nicholas? I wonder if, but maybe I should already know, Caleb is Blackwell’s ultimate weapon against Nicholas and his crew. Will Elizabeth be trained as a witch since she no longer has her insignia?

  5. Denise Brending says:

    I am a cousin. I just spoke with your father-in-law and he told me about the book. I am so excited to read it. My daughter and granddaughter just love these kind of stories.
    Good luck to you!

  6. Sharon says:

    I just bought this book for my granddaughter and she read it the first day. She normally doesn’t read this type of book but she loved it. She’s hoping there is a 2nd book.

  7. Lauren Salvatore says:

    Just finished it, wow. So good! Definitely one of the best books I’ve read in a while! Please make a second one!! it was just too good!!

  8. Brooklinn says:

    Hi, Virginia
    This book was amazing!!!!! So I was wondering is there a second book and if so when will it come out?

  9. gail reid says:

    I got my copy in the post today but my 10 year old daughter picked it up and never gave it back….wonder when I’ll be able to read it.. lol

  10. Christina says:

    I just finished the book and was in love at first sight if the is a possibility to a second I would get it asap. I would love to see what happens to Blackwell and the love story between John and Elizabeth. Even if there isn’t a sequel I’m going to read whatever book you create next. Good luck! 🙂

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  12. Cindi says:

    Loved it! Could not put it down. Can’t wait for a sequel.

  13. Morgan says:

    Just finished the book five minutes ago and I LOVED it! Such interesting characters and I was so connected to them, I hated when it ended!
    Really hoping for a second novel soon

  14. Morgan Kelly says:

    The Witch Hunter gave me faith in books again. When does the next one come out? Title perhaps?

  15. Annie Fuller says:

    OMG!! I just read the book in three days. I couldn’t put it down. Now I just want to know when the next comes out. I can’t wait any longer for it!!

  16. Ashley O says:

    Got the advanced copy from my high school and loved reading the book so much. I read the whole book in the span of 3 days and just did not want to put it down. Is there going to be a sequel?

  17. Sarah says:

    I’ve got to say, this book was an amazing journey into the magical realm! I really enjoyed, and would like to know if you are producing a sequel any time soon!

  18. Meagan says:

    Just finished this in 2 days!! Crazy 360 pages and I loved every second of it. I am now waiting patiently for more 😀
    Ps Graceling is my favorite book, so thankyou for satisfying my needs for adventure and magic!!

  19. Haneen says:

    Your book The Witch Hunter is mind blowing I hope you write more books like The Witch hunter you have inspired me to want to be a author I have done some writing and I hope I can get some tips from you

  20. Morgan Kelly says:

    When does the sequel come out?

  21. Jess says:

    Just finished the first book and can’t wait to start the second! I didn’t realize how new it was until I got to the end and checked to see if there was a second book haha. I loved it and I can’t wait to see all of the characters and their stories develop more throughout any other books that hopefully come out in the future.

  22. Dani Schwarz says:

    Dear Virinia
    I just finished reading the German edition of The Witch Hunter, and OMG, I am absolutely enthusiastic! I hope, I do not have to wait too long for the King Slayer as German edition. I want more! Thank you for writing such a great story!

    Kind regards from Germany <3
    Dani Schwarz

  23. Rosalie says:

    The book was amazing and i gueess you will write the second book and i just wanted to know when? you write realllly good and don’t leave writing. ı m looking forward to response

  24. Oliver says:

    Onle the witch hunter is in spanish version, there will be more spanish version of the healer and the king slayer?

  25. Gracie says:

    Oh my goodness! I cant wait till June! Perfect, sounds like my summer read by the lake in New Hampshire! I just finished the first one and was so addicted to it. I fell in love with the characters and the way you wrote. Cant wait!

  26. Selena says:

    Stumbled across this book and loved it! I haven’t felt this connected to characters since Lord Of The Rings. I love everything this story brings to the table, fantasy, action, mystery and romance. Well done! Looking forward to reading The King Slayer.

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  28. jule says:

    I bought the book three days ago and IT reed twice and my favourite Parts even twenty times. I live in germany and have to wait till November but i hope There more comments Abort the book and the Author here but please no spoiler.
    I read a alot specaly i read fantastisch teen books but witch hunter was one of the best books i ever reed. And if you also love this book as much as i love it There is anothee book you have to read IT is called obbsidian and There fixe books Abort IT and the author Worte alot more you have read IT 😄

  29. Sueda says:

    Waow!This book I mean The Witch Hunter is amazing!But I’m Turkish so the second book isn’t in my country.If second book comes my country what time?Please answer my question.You are the best writer for me.

  30. Lindsay says:

    Dear Virginia,

  31. Niels Hehemann says:

    Great Volks!

    Will There be a third voll?

  32. Virginia says:

    OMG! I love your book “The Witch Hunter”. And i found the book in a store only why my friend says the Author called like me. My Name is Virginia too!

  33. Beth says:

    Review of your books by me, on the teen page of the library system where I work!

  34. Alexander-Peter says:

    I couldn’t put the witch hunter down until I finished It. like she ‘cast a spell on me’. Great job, I can’t wait to order the king hunter!

  35. Chiara says:

    Witch Hunter was simply amazing! I started and finished this wonderful book on my 10 h drive back home and even during the stops I couldnt stop reading. Hopefully the second book will soon be available in my country. So I can neglect all my responsibilities for one day and dive back into the story.

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  38. Ayşe İletmiş says:

    Hi I’m so love your books I’m excited to read your other books about Elizabeth.
    Please come to Turkey\Izmir this April for book fair. 🙂

    • Emily Morgan says:

      OMG I red this book at school in 2 days.It was absolutely amazing.My birthday is in March and I want my mom to get The King Slayer for me.

  39. Reme says:

    I have read both books and I have loved it. I hope you write a third. 😉

  40. helin says:

    cadı avcısını okuldum şimdi de siparişim gelirse kral katili ni alıcam . ben cadı avcısını bitirdiğimde resmen bu kitaba aşık oldum bu nasıl bir kitap ya resmen uyurken kitaba sarılarak yattım. fovori bir yazarım yoktu. tüm kitapları severim. ama bu kitabı ayrı bir sevdim. ve fovori yazarım vırgıana boecker olarak belirledim. gerçekten muhteşem bir kitap. bu kadar etkilenceğimi düşünmezdim. çok mutluyum okuduğum için. ve sevgili yazara teşekkür ederim böyle bir kitap yayınladığı için.

  41. Collin Gregory says:

    I am most definitely a reader, but I had to do a book report for my English class and I hadn’t picked a book so my teacher saw that I was struggling to choose a book, he picked up The Witch Hunter and yes I was slow to read it but I read it and I absolutely loved it, I just got the second one from my library and I’m going to read it.

    Excellent book, Highly recommend it if your fond of Fantasy-Medieval book genres.

    Mrs. Boecker if you’re reading this, Great work! You got me to read and I’m horrible at it so thank you so much! I enjoyed reading the book!! And I look forward to reading the next books in the series!

  42. Efsa says:

    You are great writer.
    Could you please write a few more books? Love youu

  43. I loved these books so much. <3
    And I was waiting for one more book, when I arrived at the last pages of book two and realized that it was the real end….
    OMG, everything was amazing!
    I love love love it!


  44. Elizabeth Eckels says:

    The Witch Hunter and King Slayer are phenomenal!!!
    Will there be a another sequel?
    Just loved them, though they messed up my schedule (couldn’t put them down!)

  45. Ana Laura Penido says:

    I love your books.I’m from Brazil and i hope they are very successful here!

  46. Naomi says:

    I can understand the magic language of Anglia! That is so funny!!- why did you choose exactly hebrew and not any other language?

    So I’ve just finished the Witch Hunter (The two little seer are your children, right? Really cute!)
    What I liked mostly was that Elisabeth has a different personality than most protagonists I know.
    Hope to read more of her in the King Slayer and more Novels by you!

    Best regards/Viele Grüße/בברחה
    from Germany

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