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The magic and suspense of Graceling meet the political intrigue and unrest of Game of Thrones in this riveting fantasy debut.
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.
Virginia Boecker weaves a riveting tale of magic, betrayal, and sacrifice in this unforgettable fantasy debut.
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Mindy: Hi Virginia! I’m so excited that you are visiting Magical Urban Fantasy Reads! Welcome!!!
Virginia: Thank you so much for having me. I’m happy to be here to talk to you about The Witch Hunter!
Mindy: In ten words or less will you try to describe The Witch Hunter for us?
Virginia: The kingdom’s best witch hunter becomes the kingdom’s most wanted.
Mindy: In the description it talks about “the political intrigue and unrest of Game of thrones”. Should we be preparing ourselves for multiple unexpected deaths or even incestuous relationships? Sorry I couldn’t help myself!
Virginia: There are several deaths in the story and, if reader reactions so far are anything to go by, they have definitely been unexpected! I like to play around with the idea that people are not always who they seem to be and I think when you have that type of ambiguity in a character: moral, political, ethical, you can always expect their actions to come as a surprise. I don’t have any incestuous relationships thus far (!), but I do have several relationships that I like to call non-traditional: relationships where the power balance is off--in some cases wildly so--which always results in some good old-fashioned drama.
Mindy: Can you give us a brief description of the characters in The Witch Hunter’s character traits?
Virginia: Elizabeth is brave yet impulsive: she tends to throw herself into situations without fully thinking them through. John is nurturing, patient, and kind, all of which mask a darker, more melancholy side. Schuyler is charming and irreverent; loyal to his friends but vicious to his enemies. Fifer is whip-smart and protective, full of sass and determination. George is sly and clever, with a wicked sense of humor. Nicholas is wise and mediating, generous with his guidance but sparing with his words. Caleb is ambitious, restless, and driven: nothing is ever enough for him.
Mindy: I’m always really fascinated in villains. Can you tell us what your villain(s) are like?
Virginia: I have a few villains in this story, and as I don’t want to be spoilery and call them out by name, I’ll say that each one share a few common traits in that they are ruled by ambition, blind to their own faults, will stop at nothing to get what they want, and are beset by unexpected (and in some cases unfortunate) surprises.
Mindy: Thank you so much for visiting with us Virginia! I can hardly wait to meet you in person and I’m even more excited to read The Witch Hunter. Congrats on your new release!
Virginia: Thank you for your kind words, and for having me on your blog! This was a fun interview, and I hope you enjoy reading.
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