Summary for The Witch Hunter from the author’s Website:
Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.
Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.
Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.
But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.
Summary of The King Slayer from the Author’s Website:
“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. It’s up to her to stop Blackwell from turning the tide of battle against them, but at what cost? 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 finished the galley for the first book in this series right before I went to the ALA conference in San Francisco. While there I got to meet the author and she was just so excited to hear how much I loved her book. Not many people had read it yet and we got into a little conversation about it. I couldn’t believe it was her first book. It was that well written with amazing characters and story lines. On her website she talks about how long it took her to write it and the many drafts it went through, and that really shows in the final product.
Elizabeth is great character, tough, brave and totally devoted to being a witch slayer. When she is caught with certain herbs on her from a healer and accused of being a witch, she is totally devastated. What happens to her after that is a fast moving plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Something else I appreciated about Elizabeth, is she wasn’t a virgin when the story starts, in fact she is the King’s mistress. And although there is romance between her and John Raleigh, a young healer, it is not filled with a lot of first romance nonsense, but is quite realistic and very sweet. Another character I really liked was Schuyler, a revenant, which is basically the French word for Zombie, although not Walking Dead kind of zombie. Revenants look and act like humans but come back from death and basically can’t die. There is a novella about Schuyler and his love interest Fifer called The Chase, which gives a more in depth story to a plot line in the novels.
I devoured the first book and wanted more instantly. I also received the galley for the second book from Netgalley, last spring and didn’t wait long to read it. I tore through that one just as quickly. The sad thing is that there doesn’t appear to be a third. This was the end of Elizabeth’s tale, but I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.