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.
How much I enjoyed this book will depend on what day you catch me. For the most part, I did enjoy it and I really want to read the rest of the series, but that did not stop some serious eye-rolling in the first third or so.
The biggest issue I had with it was the overwhelming divergence between “Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters…” and the first few chapters of the book, in which all of Elizabeth’s recent mistakes are detailed, and she continues to make new ones. Quite frankly, if she’s the best, then it’s no wonder that the witch hunters are so reviled.
On top of that, the continual hypocrisy between her beliefs and actions starts to get a little tedious. Some gratitude definitely wouldn’t hurt.
But, once the actual point of the story starts, I really started to enjoy it, mostly because of all the new people introduced. The characters around Nicholas Perevil were all pretty great in their own ways, and they’re pretty much the sole reason I kept reading.
I’m hoping that the rest of the series has quite a bit more world building in it, there are a lot of things left hanging or barely mentioned, but are actually very relevant to the world, such as why witches are so hated.
Overall, it’s a well written book with a great story, and I do want to see what happens next. I just hope there’s more info, and Elizabeth pulls herself together.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.