Series: The Witch Hunter #2
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, young adult
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Purchase at: Amazon
“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 was looking forward to reading this book so much that it made one of my Terrific Tuesday postings, to read that click HERE. I will say that although it has tons of actions and plot twists it did not live up to the hype.
In the second and final book of the Witch Hunter series, the story picks up shortly after the end of book one. Elizabeth has been taken back to the Harrow, a ten-mile stretch of land surrounded by a magical barrier that protects the inhabitants. She has spent the last two months at John’s house in Hatch End healing from the injuries that she sustained in her fight with Blackwell and his cronies.
Now that she has healed she is being brought up on charges for treason against the Harrow. There is also suspicion that Elizabeth may be a spy. There have been breaches in the Hallow and a traitor has been allowing Blackwell’s men in and many wizards and witches have gone missing since the inquisition began. The breach is significant because as the Hallow is protected by a magical barrier only residents are allowed to pass through the barrier’s wall or someone may be escorted in but a resident has to be allowing them to pass.
Not convicted Elizabeth is brought into the ranks of the fighting force that the Harrow is putting together to protect the realm and to also prove where her loyalties lie. Too bad that no one knows that Elizabeth had given up her Stigma, a mark that healed her and gave her abnormal strength, in order to save John in the previous book. Now she is a normal, fragile witch hunter without the protection that makes a witch hunter so special but she has to keep that fact under wraps in order to spare John scrutiny. In order to protect his ladylove John has also signed up to be a soldier. Yes, John the healer now turned soldier, unheard of in their world. It seems that taking the stigma from Elizabeth is having side effects that do not bode well for their relationship.
Now Elizabeth has to learn to fight again without the use of her stigma. She has to figure out who the traitor could be, confront her past with King Malcom, defeat Blackwell’s plans, and see if she has a future with John who is changing into a darker, meaner person with every passing day.
I am not a real fan of first person voice but for this book I actually did not mind it. I felt that the dialogue and inner monologue was balanced. There is action, intrigue, betrayal, heartbreak and sweetness through out this story. The pacing is very fast and all the ties between the two books are brought together neatly.
Did I love this book? No, not really. I felt that although the sub plots and overall plot were tied together relatively well it was choppy. Plots and twists were introduced and then not touched on again for a portion of the story and then they were back again. Left me wondering, where have those characters been? What have they been doing? It just made it hard to really get into the story. It had its good moments and the ending was very tidy.