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 rulenamely 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
About the Author
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, The Witch Hunter. She now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George. In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“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.
I absolutely loved this book. I read it in less than a day. I received it an arc of the book a couple of months ago and I just got around to reading it! IM SO SORRY!! I usually find that I'm not the biggest fan of books set in a different era. Either the words don't flow or the story has many limitations because of the century (i.e women have no rights, or it always takes 30 pages to travel somewhere). I did not feel that with The Witch Hunter or The King Slayer. Nothing was missing, and I wasn't wishing for the plot to speed up. Read the rest of the review on https://kaitlingillespie.com
I think I struggled with this because I didn't do a reread and I couldn't remember a lot of the story from the first book. There are a lot of things happening in this book. I have enjoyed this cast of characters and seeing how it all played out was interesting. I also thought it was a trilogy, so as there was all sorts of epic build up, I kept expecting the next turn of the page to be the cliffhanger ending. There are some scenes where I was shocked into silence. Some serious swoons. And some new characters who had me evil cackling with glee. Overall, this has been an enjoyable journey and I look forward to seeing what else Virginia writes. **Huge thanks to Little Brown and NetGalley for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**