The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter, Book 2)

The King Slayer Book Cover The King Slayer
The Witch Hunter, Book 2
Virginia Boecker
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
June 14, 2016
Hardcover
368

An action-packed and suspenseful sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

"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. 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.

"[Filled] with everything a good fantasy book needs: swords, poison, black magic, and betrayal."--April Tucholke, author of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, on The Witch Hunter

 

Review:

“The King Slayer” is an excellent follow-up to “The Witch Hunter.”

For those who read the first of the duology, you will be happy to know that all of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) characters are back, most of them with much bigger parts in the story.  I’m almost afraid to write anything in this review for fear of spoiling someone.  I can say that it is as good as, if not better, than the first.  The world is still one of the most well-built I have ever read.

There is something that some may find controversial, but given the historical context, it’s really the only way it could play out realistically.

Oh, and please Virginia Boecker, give us a book about Schuyler.  There seems like so much to tell, and I don’t want to see him go.

Highly recommended to anyone who loved the first.

This review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

Content Warning:

Language, Sexual Situations, Violence, Gore

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