Saturday, August 15, 2015

Week 33 Reviews: The Healer, The Witch Hunter

From Goodreads:
Don't miss this bewitching novella, set in the world of The Witch Hunter.

John Raleigh, one of the youngest and most talented magical healers in all of Anglia, can relieve any ailment except, perhaps, his own broken heart. Since the deaths of his mother and sister who burned at the stake for witchcraft, John has spent his nights lost in nightmares and his days drowning in melancholy. That is until he's summoned to the home of Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, who suffers from a mysterious illness that has confounded every other healer.

John immediately knows that this is no normal sickness. Nicholas, it seems, is falling apart because of a dangerous curse, and their only clue for a cure is a single name—Elizabeth Grey.

Who is this girl and how has she become mixed up with such dark magic? John must put these questions aside when Elizabeth is brought to him from the palace's prison on the brink of death. It will take everything he has to save her, and to save Nicholas, but perhaps he'll manage to save his heart along the way.

From Goodreads:
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. 

My Review:
These books were so fantastic! I enjoyed reading the both of them so much, so awesome to read! There was just incredible detail, with such amazing characters, and I just wanted to read more! And yeah that it's a series, so that we get more!

Elizabeth was working for the bad guys. We knew that automatically, from they synopsis, to how easily that the law was charged. I mean, she was arrested for having possession of herbs to make sure she didn't get pregnant. By the king. Who left her no choice but to be with him. Just not a great situation! And she was charged with death! Terribly over-punishment, and evil! Bad, bad, bad!

But she finds out who the bad guy really is, and works to bet him, because he did some really bad things-like kill a huge percentage of the population, just to become king, which didn't happen. And then his persecution of magic, when he's a pretty powerful wizard. That was pretty awful!

It was really great to read the both of these together, because they had overlap, so we got to see how things all came together, why the ended up the way that they did, and that was really fantastic! And then with that ending, well, I just really want to read more!

Favourite lines from The Witch Hunter: "'Not this again. I don't know how much more of it I can
take.' 'What are you talking about' 'You. Him. This. All these feelings. Flapping about the ship like frantic birds in a cage. Love! Hate! Lust! Fear! Ugh. I feel as if I'm trapped inside an Aegean tragedy.'" Too funny! But the relationship between Elizabeth and John is complicated by her being a witch hunter, and his mom and sister being killed by a witch hunter! "Somewhere behind me
walks an annoyed revenant sporting a hideous, furry, cat-shaped mask." Ah, the indignity! So funny!

Such great stories, and I just really can't wait to read more of this series and this author!

Author: Virginia Boecker
Series: The Witch Hunter #0.5, 1
Read: August 14th, 14th, 2015                                                                                                                   Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Sounded like really excellent books, and they're Historical Fiction 2015 Books and Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Books, and The Witch Hunter a WoW Book!
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: June 2nd 2015, August 11th 2015

The Healer:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

The Witch Hunter:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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