The King Slayer is the sequel to The Witch Hunter, which was one of my favourite YA fantasy novels from last year.
In this second instalment, we find former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey hiding in the village of Harrow. She's on the run from Lord Blackwell, who's put a bounty on her fair head.
Blackwell is still smarting from his last encounter with Elizabeth and well, he's pretty ticked off. So much so that he's declared outright war with the wizards and witches that Elizabeth used to hunt but know calls her friends.
To make things worse, Elizabeth has lost her stigma, the magical power that essentially makes her invincible. To make things even worser (not a word) Elizabeth's friend John, a healer and all around solid dude, has been acting strange of late. He's moody, he's angry, and he seems bitter about something. Whatever his deal is, he's not acting like a healer at all. Yes, there's something strange going on with John for sure - don't worry, I won't spoil it! Either way, Elizabeth must face off against Blackwell and his men once and for all, no matter what the consequences may be.
I really enjoyed how human Elizabeth is in this novel, she makes rash decisions, she's stubborn, she screws up and pays for her mistakes. In short, she's young and she's human. It's a good addition to the Witch Hunter and I think that fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard will really enjoy this series.
I recommend The King Slayer to Years 9 and up!