King Slayer

Finished King Slayer by Virginia Boecker.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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

This is the second in the Witch Hunter duology, and I am sad to see this story end.  I’m a little in love with everyone and, while I think it had a great ending…I wasn’t ready.

It’s hard to discuss this book without spoiling anything.  (Suffice to say: if you haven’t read this or The Witch Hunter, you need to.  They’re two incredibly fun books.)  They’d also make a really fun movie series (or TV series! I’m not picky!).

I don’t read very many non-contemp YAs anymore, and this book (and its predecessor) makes me think I should change that.  (Feel free to leave recommendations in the comments!)

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