Skilled witch hunter and curse breaker Elizabeth Grey is hiding out in the magical town of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, her former mentor and the current usurper king of Anglia. Their explosive final confrontation at the end of book 1 left Blackwell injured, but his magic only grows more powerful each day. He's gearing up for a war against those who would resist his rule--namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, ghosts, revenants, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.
But after losing her stigma (a witch hunter's most powerful protection), Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. In order to save his life, Elizabeth will betray the one person she loves most. And when a figure from her past reappears as an unlikely ally, she'll be forced to reevaluate the lines between good and evil once again.
The King Slayer is a powerful story full of action, suspense, camaraderie, and romance, culminating in an epic battle that would make George R. R. Martin proud.
"A satisfying end to a series, this book is perfect for lovers of Cashore's Graceling and Maas's Throne of Glass...The King Slayer is a solid and entertaining read."
Praise for The Witch Hunter: A YALSA 2016 Teens Top Ten Nominee
* "An explosive cocktail of high-stakes adventure... The first-person, present-tense narration is rendered masterfully; coupled with the cinematic vividness of the descriptions, the whole makes for a page-turning delight."
—PW (starred review)
Virginia Boecker recently spent four years in London obsessing over English medieval history, which formed the basis of her debut novel, The Witch Hunter. She now lives in the Bay Area, California with her husband and spends her days writing, reading, running, and chasing around her two children and a dog named George. In addition to English kings, nine-day queens, and Protestant princesses, her other obsessions include The Smiths, art museums, champagne, and Chapstick. You can visit Virginia online at virginiaboecker.com or on Twitter @virgboecker.