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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I’m thrilled to share the wonderful starred review (!) for The Witch Hunter from Publisher’s Weekly:

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Thank you, Publisher’s Weekly! I think the cupcakes beside the review say it all: it’s time to celebrate.

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The trade reviews are starting to come in, and I’m happy to share this fantastic one from School Library Journal:

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

In this fantasy adventure set in an alternative medieval England, witchcraft of any kind is illegal, even though magic practitioners were welcomed in the past. Employed by the Inquisitor, Lord Blackwell, 16-year-old Elizabeth, and her best friend, Caleb, hunt witches who will be burned at the stake. Elizabeth fully believes that all magic is evil and must be destroyed. But when Blackwell finds her with some herbs, Elizabeth is declared a witch herself and is sentenced to die. She is rescued by an unlikely ally, the notorious wizard Nicholas Perevil, who wants her to fulfill a prophecy to save him from a deadly curse. The teen is skeptical of the witches, pirates, healers, and other Reformists who accompany Perevil and is afraid of what will happen when they discover she is a witch hunter. However, she gradually becomes suspicious of Blackwell’s motives and must finally decide where her loyalties lie. Debut author Boecker’s first-person, present tense narrative creates a suspenseful mood by allowing readers to see Elizabeth’s secrets, doubts, and fears. Secondary characters are well realized and integral to the plot. The book has plenty of action—sword fights, battles with monsters, black magic, and betrayal—but there is also camaraderie and romance. The ending leaves room for a sequel. 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.

VERDICT: This action-packed tale will be a welcome addition to most YA fantasy collections.

 
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I had the great pleasure of being interviewed by Publisher’s Weekly in their weekly podcast, talking about The Witch Hunter and my inspiration for writing it. (I also talk about wanting to learn to swear in German, but that’s a whole different story.) Enjoy!

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I’ve been sitting on this beauty for a while, but now I’m excited to finally share the UK cover for THE WITCH HUNTER (or, as it’s retitled for the UK market, WITCH HUNTER.)

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My lovely publisher, Orchard Books, and my fantastic designer Thy Bui did a wonderful job of conveying the ritualistic nature of the magic conveyed in the book, specifically the rune markings around the edge of the cover (which I’m told will be picked out in a gloss finish — lovely!). The stick figure in the center is symbolic of the main character, Elizabeth Grey, conveying the tension between her witch hunter and persecuted identities throughout the story. The overall effect is striking and original, and I just love it.

As an added bonus, Orchard is offering a free look at the first chapter of WITCH HUNTER. Go forth, enjoy, and I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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