Pleased to share this wonderful review from The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

The Witch Hunter
By Virginia Boecker
June 2015/ $18/ Ages 15 & Up
ISBN 978-0-316-32700-8
Ebook ISBN 978-0-316-32718-3

Magic is outlawed in Boecker’s version of sixteenth-century England, and sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Grey is the best of the king’s witch hunters, tracking down wizards and witches to bring them to the Inquisitor, Lord Blackwell, for justice. Blackwell is somewhat of a father figure to Elizabeth but he is also absolutely merciless, and when Elizabeth is caught with forbidden herbs used to terminate her pregnancy (the result of Elizabeth’s being called to the king’s bed), he sends her to the dungeons to await her execution. Elizabeth is rescued by Nicholas Perevil, an aging but powerful wizard and enemy to the king and Blackwell. Suffering under a potent curse, Nicholas asks Elizabeth to join some of his closest allies in rooting out the responsible wizard in exchange for Nicholas’ protection against Blackwell and his ilk. The world-building here is comprehensive but concise, with Elizabeth’s narration effectively conveying the rules of this world without belaboring the point. Thrilling action scenes combine with a twisting plot to spur readers forward.

Perhaps most compelling, however, is Elizabeth’s character arc, which moves her from a girl so beholden to the men in her life that she hands her body over both physically and sexually, to an autonomous young adult making decisions for herself, outside of Blackwell’s and even Nicholas’ influence. Her romance with John, a healer capable of both strength and sensitivity, is one of equals, and he makes for a refreshing change from the conventional brooding bad boy or charming rogue. This will undoubtedly draw comparisons to Cashore’s Graceling (BCCB 1/09), and while it lacks that title’s nuance, it will satisfy fans of warrior girls who realize their own power.

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At long last, it’s here: the title and cover for the sequel to The Witch Hunter! And it’s just gorgeous. It’s given me a brand new appreciation for roses: if it’s not made of blood, then it’s not for me.

Thanks to USA Today/Happily Ever After for hosting the reveal, and for interview!

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Excited to announce that The Witch Hunter is headed for Poland! Many thanks, as always, to my fantastic agent Kathleen Ortiz at New Leaf Literary + Media, and to Jaguar, my new Polish publisher!

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To celebrate the upcoming release of The Witch Hunter (12 days and counting!) I’m giving away a huge pack of swag: postcards, buttons, bookmarks, stickers, temporary tattoos, signed book plates, and the piece de resistance: custom sword and dagger earrings. (They’re to die for!)

It’s easy to enter: simply pre-order The Witch Hunter by June 1, 2015, email me proof of purchase at virginia@virginiaboecker.com, and that’s it! I’ll hold the drawing on June 2, 2015: publication day.

Good luck, and thank you for supporting The Witch Hunter!

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Happy to share this fantastic review from Booklist for The Witch Hunter:

The Witch Hunter
By Virginia Boecker
June 2015/ Ages 15 & Up/ $18
ISBN 978-0-316-32700-8
Ebook ISBN 978-0-316-32718-3

Can it get any worse? Witch-hunter Elizabeth Grey is imprisoned as a witch, dying of jail fever while awaiting the pyre, only to be rescued by Nicholas Perevil, Inquisitor Blackwell’s most wanted wizard. With a royal bounty for her capture, Elizabeth has no choice but to do Nicholas’ bidding: find the Thirteenth Tablet, whose curse is slowly killing him, and destroy it in exchange for her safe passage out of Anglia. How can she possibly choose between the magic that has saved her life and the laws against magic she has so willingly enforced? Which are right? Which are wrong? In her debut novel (a sequel is planned), 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.

Thank you, Booklist!

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