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The Witch Hunter

(The Witch Hunter #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  8,807 ratings  ·  1,500 reviews
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 s
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Sasha Alsberg
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! Took me a bit longer to finish then I would've liked but really liked it
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“I’m not a witch,” I repeat. “I mean, I did have witches’ herbs. And I did take them. But I’m not a witch.” Even to me, this sounds weak.
This book compares itself to Game of Thrones. Don't even. Just don't.

I wanted to strangle the main character repeatedly. She is so stupid. Don't get me wrong, I don't like perfect characters.I don't like it when they accomplish everything, but neither do I like it when, by 30% of the book, they have completely fucked up everything they set out to do.

Emily May
The Witch Hunter is a historical fantasy set around the time of witch trials and burnings in England. The main character - Elizabeth Grey - is one of the titular witch hunters, going about murdering and capturing those who practice magic, until she is accused of being a witch herself and needs to be rescued by the kingdom's most-wanted wizard - Nicholas Perevil.

Well... kind of. Except here's what really happens.

As with all mediocre fantasy novels, there's an unexplained ban on magic that leads
Nov 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: witches, fantasy
3.5 stars.

I just want to start by saying this: With all due respect to the book, there is nothing about it that comes close to the greatness that is the ‘‘Game of Thrones’’ series OR ‘‘Graceling.’’

It’s not as complex (‘‘Game of Thrones’’) and definitely not as magical (‘‘Graceling’’), but it is not devoid of qualities.

Far from it. ‘‘The Witch Hunter’’ is a book that reads very, very easily. It’s also easy to care for the main character, Elizabeth, because she has such a strong, present voice.

| ARC kindly provided by Hachette Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you a lot! |


I wish I could give a million stars to this book.

Blurb: Elizabeth Grey is one of the king's best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. When she's accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to die at the stake. Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
You know you're bored out of your mind reading a particular book if a) you fall asleep in the middle of a chapter, or b) you stop after every five minutes to get a new snack. Unfortunately, both of these were things I ended up doing while reading The Witch Hunter.

I was really surprised by my own reaction to this book. The synopsis promised intrigue, action and a swoon-worthy romance--basically everything I look for in a good fantasy book. Sadly, this book fell short on all accounts.

Most likely,
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5 Sterne

Definitiv ein Jugendbuch genau nach meinem Geschmack (auch wenn ich ehrlich gesagt etwas komplett anderes von diesem Buch erwartet habe)! Die Geschichte konnte mich von Seite 1 an fesseln und obwohl unsere Protagonistin erst 16 Jahre ist, war sie echt reif und traf erstaunlich vernünftige Entscheidungen. I like! Auch alle anderen Charaktere mochte ich gerne. Den Antagonisten fand ich auch klasse, genauso wie Virginia Boecker mit unserem Empfinden für Gut und Böse spielt. Es ist eben ni
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Why I'm only giving Witch Hunter 1.5 stars:

1. The main character is "one of the best witch hunters in Anglia" MY ASS. If you're telling me that she's one of the best witch hunters why do all we see from the very beginning is Elizabeth make fail after fail? I get that people make mistakes, but honestly, if you're gonna tell me that this chick is the most badass hunter in town you gotta sell it to me. At least once. I DON'T ASK FOR MUCH.

2. The main character is
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Books and NetGalley.)

“She’s a witch,” he says. “I can’t let her go.”

This wasn’t a terrible story, but I did lose interest.

I felt quite sorry for Elizabeth at the start of this book, admittedly she was in the business of getting people killed by outing them as witches, but the way she was labelled a witch through little fault of her own seemed unfair. Although maybe it was just karm
Faye, la Patata
That awkward moment when you actually like something other people expected you to hate...

Yup, 'tis true, my dear friends: I found myself really liking this one. It's not the best book I've ever read; some factors definitely could have been done better, but it was such a ride reading it from beginning to end - I mean, when you finish something in less than 4 hours, that has got to account for something, yes? Finally, a book with witches and wizards and necromancers that actually show them as they
Taylor Knight

This book is everything I want when I'm reading. I expected to like this book but I had no idea that I would be reading one of my favorites of 2015.

I started this book during a 3 hour rain delay at a baseball game and I had it half finished by time the game started. I was glued to the pages and I was sorry to put it down. I rarely read a book that pulls me in right from the first few pages and never lets go.

I loved everything about this book. From the plot to the characters to the writing. It wa
Srta Books
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leídos-2016
¡Me ha encantado! Ha sido empezar el libro y no soltarlo, puff necesito la segunda parte ya de ya <3 hacía mucho que no leía un libro increíble. Si no lo habéis leído no sé a qué estáis esperando. 5/5
Adam Silvera
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, WOW. I have mad love for this book.

THE WITCH HUNTER is a fantasy novel being published on June 2nd, 2015 but you need it on your radar NOW. If you love Leigh Bardugo's SHADOW AND BONE and Marie Lu's THE YOUNG ELITES, this one is definitely for you.


Elizabeth Grey is a calculating witch hunter who is loyal to her cause, even after the Inquisitor has turned his back on her and sentenced her to burn at the stake for possessing witches' h
Danielle (Love at First Page)
2.5-3 stars

I've been bit by the expectation bug again. :/ The Witch Hunter was one of my most anticipated releases this year, and I practically totally stalked the Little, Brown booth at ALA to acquire an ARC. I mean, just look at that cover and synopsis! Witches, black magic, betrayal, a handsome healer... all excellent, right? Unfortunately, this book and I never completely clicked.

The first half is almost painfully dull. I had a lot of difficulty connecting to the story from the start. At one
Patry Fernandez
Reseña completa ->

Terminado! Estaba dudando entre darle 4,5* o 5* pero finalmente creo que se merece las 5 porque no hubo un solo momento del libro que no me gustara: la historia, los personajes de 10. El mundo que ha creado, la misión y como se desarrolla y termina todo me ha encantado. Estoy deseando tener el segundo (y último) libro porque esto solo puede ir a mejor. Sin duda un GRAN lectura.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, 4-stars
I randomly bought this book in January because it said on the cover "for fans of Sarah J Maas". I usually hate these comparisons but the blurb did sound pretty cool so I randomly decided to buy it (as well as 8 other books that day). I was pretty excited to read it but then I just forgot all about it and it sat on my shelves for months and months. Finally, I decided to pick it up and I had pretty low expectations. All in all, it was a pretty good book. Nothing absolutely amazing or anything but ...more
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

"Your greatest enemy isn't what you fight, but what you fear"

Set in a medieval era, where witchcraft is outlawed and witches were sought out and burned. Elizabeth Grey is one of the kings best witch hunters, completely devoted to her job and serving what she thinks to be justice. Until she is accused of being a witch herself, arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake for her supposed crimes.

Salvation comes from Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful wizard in the kingdom ( I'm not going
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum:

The Witch Hunter is probably one of this summer’s more buzzworthy Young Adult titles, if the amount of coverage I’ve seen for it is any indication. Most of my friends who have read it also enjoyed it, while others were not so keen. If nothing else though, the book did succeed in getting my attention, and I was grateful to receive the audiobook for review, which is actually my preferred format when it comes to reading YA
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Actual Rating: 3.8 stars

The Witch Hunter is a mellow debut that promises a strong follow up.

The Witch Hunter follows the story of Elizabeth Grey, one of the finest witch hunter of her time till she is arrested for procuring an herbal medicine that can only be made by witches. For that reason landed her a death sentence. Burning at the stake.

But an aid came her way when the most powerful wizard in the kingdom, Nicholas Perevil agrees to help her in exchange of a great price. She must break his cu
Lina Lovegood
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eine Geschichte ganz nach meinem Geschmack, hat mir supergut gefallen und die Charaktere habe ich sofort ins Herz geschlossen. Auf jeden Fall eins meiner Jahreshighlights.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
I really enjoyed this one, but I also haven't been burned out by reading all the witches-in-alternative-England books that seem to be out there at the moment. I'm always a bit touch and go with alternative history, and I tend to prefer ones like this that are more story focused than history focused. Although the setting is supposed to be an alternative England, it really could be set anywhere in the sense that there wasn't anything definitively English about it.

The writing is good and the charac
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
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!
Stacey Lee
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Witch Hunter is one of those rare reads where you feel so immersed in the story and culture (alternate 16th century England) that you forget to put the laundry in the dryer and the bathtub nearly overflows. Elizabeth is the only female witch hunter in her country, part an elite group that hunts down witches to be burned at the stake. The stakes (ha) are raised when she is accused of being a witch hunter herself, and she finds refuge with the people who used to be her enemies, while trying to ...more
More like the ex witch hunter! Apparently she was convinced right away that her entire life was a lie. I'm not sure why she was convinced so easily when there was no proof. Maybe because the group of people she ended up meeting were kind and knew what the word "family" meant. I also did not see all the chemistry or love that Elizabeth and John felt. It was more like friendship first, then all of a sudden he forgave her? I wasn't buying it. It was too easy, he was mad for a second and then wasn't ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
This book has been on my must read list since it first started showing up in reviews when the advanced readers copies were out and everyone was raving about it. I just knew I needed to make time for it. With the second book being released any day I decided now was the time to finally see what all the fuss was about.

Anyone who knows me, knows that it is almost virtually impossible for me to resist a good witchy read and that, more than anything else, is what drew me to pick this up.

I'm so glad t
Renée Ahdieh
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
this book is SO FUN. everything about it catches you from the very first page and takes you into a world that's familiar, yet fresh enough to keep you guessing and smiling at every turn.

sure, elizabeth is tough, but she's also smart and damned funny. seriously, this dialogue made me laugh out loud (literally), and the tête-à-tête was so well done that there were times i felt miffed when it ended.

do you want to see what happens when a girl takes on a brace of flying birds with nothing but some ki
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Well. That was anti-climatic. -_-

I have so much hope for this little book.

I want this to forever sit beside my copy of Half Bad by Sally Green.

They would look so cool together.


I'm shipping book covers with one another. Oh my life...
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ich habe echt versucht auf den 3 Sterne - Button zu drücken, aber bei Goodreads steht dann da immer dieses verdammte "liked it" und das wäre nun einmal gelogen. Es war nicht schlecht geschrieben. Aber es war eben auch nicht gut geschrieben. Dafür fehlte hier die Originalität. Und mir persönlich vor allem der Zugang zur Geschichte. Mir waren die Charaktere die meiste Zeit über einfach egal und das ist nie ein gutes Zeichen (kann aber auch bloß an mir liegen). Daher gibt es den Durchschnitt von 2, ...more
Lindsay Cummings
fun, easy read, and fast paced! :) glad I got my hands on this one early!!
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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I'm going to start off this review by saying something that I did not expect I'd be able to say about The Witch Hunter . This book was... fun.

And I say that while acknowledging that "fun" is usually a good thing! But it was the type of "fun" that I wasn't expecting out of this book at all -- it was a fun adventure, with fun characters, quite a bit of humor, a pretty sweet (and light) romance...
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