Thieftaker (Thieftaker Chronicles #1)
Boston, 1767: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for othersâuntil he is asked to recov
Unfortunately, it turns out that the protagonist, Ethan, is a blithering idiot. I'm not sure what I should exp ...more
I have known this author (writing under another name) in the p ...more
Egalley thanks to Tor/Forge Books
If you noticed how many books are getting high grades from me in the last couple of months...it's not because I'm getting soft, I'm just being very lucky and keep finding really really enjoyable reads *fingers crossed, the luck will hold*
Thieftaker is one of such books. I enjoyed it immensely. Full of rich, well-rounded characters, extremely atmospheric and just riveting.
I loved Ethan Kaille. He is in his late thirties, tired, wise and bedraggled. In his y ...more
Ethan Kaille isn't a typical thieftaker, making his living app ...more
However, I am really a big fan of novels set during the US Colonial era, especially those in Boston, so I really was seduced by the idea of this book from the get go. Having enj ...more
Now imagine all this is occurring during the Stamp Act uprising in the 18th Century. Samuel Adams a ...more
We don’t see an abundance of male protagonists in urban fantasy, and we see still fewer that are really great. Fortunately, D.B. Jackson’s Ethan Kaille falls into that category. THIEFTAKER, the first book in The Thieftaker Chronicles follows a conjurer, or wizard, in colonial America who uses his magic to eke out a living as a thieftaker. Everything in this book is meticulously researched. The time period feels completely real. The dialogue, clothing, a ...more
So I definitely love Ethan, for all he gets a little whiney sometimes. I think he's permitted. I like he's great at hunting down thieves, but give him murders and conspiracy theories and the poor bastard can't catch a break. I love that despite everything he's been through, it hasn't broken him. I like he's had a hard life, and makes do, and doesn't ever stay whiny too long.
Love the magic, the setting is a lot of fun, and the author never gets LOOK AT WHAT I KNOW about it, which is always refres ...more
On the author's website it says that this series is "sure to appeal to readers who enjoy intellige ...more
Kallie gets hired to recover a broach that vanished when a well to do young woman is murdered during a "Liberty ri ...more
Telling the story of thieftaker Ethan Kaille, a conjurer with a dark past, who is living day-to-day as a man who works catching thieves for the lower parts of society. After a member of high society dies via suspicious causes Ethan is hired to investigate further and ends up in a complex wor ...more
So it was rather disappointing that the time period felt barely relevant to the story. Aside from a reference to one historical event and a few historical personages (such as Samual Adams), it felt like the story could've taken place anywhere and when. More than that, ...more
When the daughter of one of Boston's wealthiest is murdered with no apparent cause of death, her family goes to the only person they can: Ethan Kaille, conjurer. Upon investigation, it is readily apparent to Ethan that the girl was murdered with magic. However, he has competition that doesn't appreciate his being hired for this particular job.
Throw in two opposing factions, rising tensions both political and personal, a murderous antagonist so far out of E ...more
The story centers around the thieftaker Ethan Kaille. As a thieftaker, Ethan is tasked with finding the stolen property of others in exchange for payment. Ethan’s true power rests in his ability to conjure spells–a power that damned him in his ...more
Book Info: Genre: Historical urban fantasy/mystery
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: those who enjoy historical fiction and urban fantasy
Trigger Warnings: murder, violence, torture
Animals: dog is killed
My Thoughts: This is a wonderfully twisty mystery, set in a fantastical version of history where magic and mayhem combine in an explosive manner. Whi ...more
Originally reviewed here.
I’ve had a lot of reading discoveries in the past year, but one of my favorites has been the discovery of the Urban Fantasy genre. I was always a fantasy girl, but give it the edge of our own world, an urban setting, and usually a pretty kick butt protagonist, and I was pretty well sold right out of the gate. Now, before I got all big and fangirly about fantasy, I was all big and fangirly about historical fiction…but then I mostly stopped reading it, for somethi ...more
Unlike many magic-is-real urban fantasy settings, this alternate 1767 Boston does not seem to have magic-users and magical beings all over the place. Magic-users - conjurers - ar ...more
D.B. Jackson has been writing fantasy and science fiction under a different pen name for over fifteen years. He has published novels, short stories, and media tie-ins in more than a dozen languages. He also has a Ph.D. in American History, and now, for the first time in his career, he is combining his love of fantasy with his passion for history. His first historical fantasy series, The Thieftaker ...more