I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
** Warning! Spoilers for book one, The Witch Hunter, below! **
Title: The King Slayer
Author: Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
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.
The King Slayer is such a different story than The Witch Hunter. This sequel seems to be even more thrilling than the first with its epic battle scenes and the introduction of new powers. What is really intriguing is Elizabeth’s character, as she really transforms after losing her stigma.
The King Slayer has such an intense and unpredictable plot. I feel like there was actually more action in this book than the first one, and definitely more battle scenes. Honestly, the plot of this book was so mind-blowing for me. There are these major plot twists that just appear out of nowhere. No hints, no predictability, and I loved it. Of course, I expected nothing less of Virginia Boecker after the action in The Witch Hunter.
One of my favourite things about The King Slayer is the unique use of magic. Just like The Witch Hunter, I very much enjoyed the use of magic without a wand. What was even better was the fact that the magic seemed to be more developed than the first book. New powers are introduced, like being able to shoot fire from your hands, and it really interested me. Fans of magic books should definitely check this one out.
Elizabeth is a completely different character in The King Slayer. After losing her stigma, the one thing that protects her in battle, she has to learn how to fend for herself better. I appreciated her more in this book because she had to work harder in battle instead of letting her stigma heal her. Elizabeth’s transformation is so well done and it is really interesting watching her grow.
The King Slayer is an action-packed fantasy novel with an original use of magic. The main character really transforms throughout the book and is very different from her character in the first book. This was the perfect ending to the duology and it truly left me satisfied.