Book Review: The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

Book Review: The King Slayer by Virginia BoeckerTitle: The King Slayer (The Witch Hunter #2)
Series: The Witch Hunter #2
Author: Virginia Boecker
Also by this author: The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1)
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Rating: four-stars
Series Rating: four-stars

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.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Book Review: The King SLayer

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker is such a different book 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.

❀ Intense and Unpredictable

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.

❀ Unique Use of Magic

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 has Transformed

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.

❀ Action-Packed

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker 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.

Book Quotes: The King SLayer by Virginia Boecker

“I turn to him and that’s when I see it: a split second of movement, a man in a blur of black, and that familiar sound, the creaking of wood, the sound yew makes when strung with hemp; a bow with an arrow nocked and ready to fly. The scream tears out of my mouth just as the arrow tears through the neck of the man standing right beside John.”

About Virginia Boecker

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Virginia Boecker is the author of The Witch Hunter series and An Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason. A graduate of the University of Texas, she had a decade-long career in technology before quitting to become a full-time writer. When she isn't writing, Virginia likes running, reading, traveling, and trying new things (most recently: learning to drive a boat). She has lived all over the world but currently resides in beautiful Lake Oswego, Oregon with her husband, children, a dog called George and a cat named Thomas.

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10 thoughts on “Book Review: The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

  1. Emily says:

    I really need to pick up this series now that I see how much you enjoyed book 2! Thanks for the amazing review!

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    This book broke my heart, made me laugh, made me cry… I was on the edge of my seat. I was in love with this sequel. This series turned into something seriously special!

  3. Penny Olson says:

    I haven’t read either book. It’s good to know when starting the series that the second book doesn’t disappoint. Thanks for the review.

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