Guest review from Beth, a children’s librarian at the Nora branch.
Set in an alternative version of England in the 16th Century, Elizabeth Grey is the only female Witch Hunter in the kingdom of Anglia. Witches are not only feared, they are put to death for practicing magic, and it’s the Witch Hunters who bring them to “justice”. However, when Elizabeth is accused of being a witch herself, she finds herself very alone, until an unlikely ally helps her escape. As she recovers from her ordeal, the world around her is no longer the halls of the palace, but the house of someone she considers her enemy. As she regains her strength, she begins to see who the real enemy is, and what she needs to do.
The Healer by Virginia Boecker
Available in eBook.
John Raleigh lost his mother and sister to the Witch Hunters. He also has healing magic, and is determined to carry on their legacy. When a Witch Hunter is brought to him in need of healing, he struggles between his job as a healer and the wounds of the past.
The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker
Elizabeth thought she had faced her greatest fear. She thought not only was a curse lifted, but the wizard who created it was also defeated. Not only was she wrong, she is now to be judged by those she thought were her friends. Tasked with completing what she started, she is hampered by a change in one of her friends, and the appearance of those she thought never to see again. Elizabeth races to complete her mission, even as war closes in.
I enjoyed the way this series was fast moving, but took time for some great character development. There are all sorts of great aspects of historical life, including pirates, without bogging down the pace with too much detail. The magic is an important part of the story, without taking over. A great read!