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Thieves' Quarry (Thieftaker Chronicles #2)

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Boston, Province of Massachusetts Bay, September 28, 1768

Autumn has come to New England, and with it a new threat to the city of Boston. British naval ships have sailed into Boston Harbor bearing over a thousand of His Majesty King George III’s soldiers. After a summer of rioting and political unrest, the city is to be occupied.

Ethan Kaille, thieftaker and conjurer, is awa
Hardcover, 317 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Tor Books
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The setting is again colonial Boston, a few years after the events of Thieftaker. Ethan Kaille is again challenged to solve a crime he wouldn’t normally investigate. He works with, against and across the same characters as the first book. Yes, the stakes are higher across the board, but Ethan is the same slightly-over-the-hill conjurer and private investigator (before there were such) and always seems one step behind his competitors and adversaries. Once again the villain introduced earlier in t ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
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THIEVES’ QUARRY is a follow-up to my favorite urban fantasy novel of 2012, D.B. Jackson’s THIEFTAKER. I started this book with high expectations and it somehow managed to exceed them.

While it isn’t necessary to have read THIEFTAKER before checking out THIEVES’ QUARRY (Jackson does a great job of explaining things without boring those of us who have read the first novel), I highly recommend it just so you can enjoy seeing the changes the characters have
Fantasy Literature
Thieves’ Quarry is D.B. Jackson’s solid follow up to his first historical fantasy, Thieftaker, set in pre-Revolutionary (barely) Boston. In it, Jackson raises the stakes from the very start, beginning with a bit of a bang, as his protagonist Ethan Kaille is wakened one morning by an astonishingly powerful pulse of magic in the city. Ethan’s foreboding centered on that mysterious pulse is soon borne out as he is called in by the Crown to investigate the deaths of all the men, nearly a hundred, ab ...more
Bitsy Vontrapp
Boston, 1768, the beginning of the end for British colonial rule and the seeds of the American Revolution are succinctly and evocatively brought to life through the eyes of Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker with a gift for conjuring. The second book in the Thieftaker Chronicles finds Ethan in a race against time with the stakes against his life and that of his friends getting higher by the minute. Mr. Jackson does a wonderful job of keeping the suspense and the pacing very tight, the historical details ...more
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A day or two after Independence Day I noticed DB Jackson's new book Thieves Quarry was out. I enjoyed Thieftaker quite a bit and thought what better way to celebrate the holiday than with his new Historical Urban Fantasy. I have to say I was completely blown away. I liked the first one a lot but feel that Thieves Quarry was even better. I think this series might just be his best work yet which is saying a lot. Winds of the Forelands along with it's sequel series Blood of the Southlands are two s ...more
Thieves Quarry is a great addition to a very powerful and memorable series. Jackson’s development of characters, interpersonal and political relationships is fantastic, and his use of them to develop the plot, atmosphere and those very characters is remarkable. His use of history makes this book not only fun to read, but also a constant learning experience. Jackson has created something truly unique. He should be very proud.

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This book was a tad better than the first book, Thieftaker. This novel reads as a stand alone story. If you've read the first book, then some descriptions and statements will seem like the author is repeating himself but I understand that D.B. Jackson is setting up the scenes and characters.

What I like about this book is that the main character, Ethan, has grown a bit from the first book. He has gained more power with his magic but I had hoped that he would learn more powerful spells with his me
Confession- this is the first book I've ever bought due to a Facebook ad. Which kind of terrifies me because this book is almost everything that I look for in a novel. Just add a dash of m/m romance, and it would have been perfect.

I really enjoyed the magic system- it felt different to me, although I admit I haven't read enough fantasy to really have a strong knowledge of all the magic systems used. That said, I felt like it was easy to understand how things worked, and the way it was set up put
Andrea Judy
I loved the first ThiefTaker book and couldn't wait for the second one. The mystery in this one is even bigger, the stakes are even higher, and the entire city is on verge of Revolution. This book ramps it up and keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. In fact, I lost my lunch box on a train while reading this because I was so engrossed in the story I forgot to take my lunch with me when I got off!
Ethan's character is beginning to grow and change in some of his beliefs, and the enti
Times are difficult in pre-Revolutionary Boston. The British navy has just brought in a fleet of ships to show force and transport the soldiers that will be occupying the town while the wayward colonists are brought to heel. While still in the harbor, a tragedy occurs. All the men on one ship, one hundred in all, are found mysteriously dead. There are no wounds or blood to be found, just scores of men who dropped wherever they were. What could have caused such an event?

Ethan Kaille may be the a
Perla The IB Teen Book Blogger

LOVE these covers. Impossibly cool.
I don't know what to say about this book. I read it and enjoy the concept behind it enough that I will probably continue to read the series.

I should note that this series take place during the early stages of the American Revolution, before the actual war broke out. As a Canadian, my sympathies tend to be with the Loyalist faction, not the Revolutionaries. On this front, Mr. Jackson has done a very good job of threading the needle - demonizing neither side.

I like the protagonist and the admitte
This story picks up the tale of Ethan the Thieftaker, whose job apparently would be more aptly described as private investigator, or even researcher.

Here, he is forced into investigating for the Crown, to determine how a group of men were killed. They simply went to the sleep of the dead, just like the victims in the previous book. Ethan needs to investigate surreptitiously, which he does not do well, catching the eye once again of Sephira Price, who again kidnaps and tortures him.

Personally I
I really enjoyed this second instalment in D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker series.

The year is 1768 and the tensions between the colonists and the Crown in Boston are growing tighter. Boston Harbor is filling up with warships as the Crown prepares to land thousands of soldiers and occupy Boston.

Ethan is awakened from sleep early one morning by a the feel of a powerful spell being cast. Not long afterwards he is summoned by his brother-in-law Geoffrey Brower to one of the British ships anchored in the b
Lynn Worton
This is the second book in a fantastic historical urban fantasy. I loved it!

Ethan Kaille is an interesting character. He is a Thieftaker, a conjurer who uses his magic to track down thieves and the stolen items. I liked this eighteenth century gent. He has a very sharp mind, and is quite talented as a magical detective. He has a dark past, which gives him an air of mystery.

I downloaded this as an audio book, so I could listen to it while doing housework, or just before going to bed.
The tale was
This is the second book in the "Thieftaker" series by D.B. Jackson. While I enjoyed this book better than the first, I hope against hope that in the next book in the series, "A Plunder of Souls," due out in July 2014 that our hero, Ethan Kaille, will for once escape being severely beaten and/or robbed as he has a tendency to have both inflected upon him numerous times in both "Thieves' Quarry" and "Thieftaker." Also, Ethan can be fantastically dim-witted, slow to realization, and has an incredib ...more
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Apr 15, 2013 Jewel marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
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Not sure if I really want to read it, but I LOVE the cover
Sonya Watkins
Historical fantasy has to be one of my fav new genres. This book did not disappoint! I am glad to see Ethan gaining friends and allies, as the last book made me feel like he was constantly being bullied and judged. I mean he still is, and with reason, as his ability to conjure is socially unacceptable and religiously condemnable. However he now has an entourage of solid friends, so I feel life will be looking up for him. However, in these turbulent times, I am sure even more drama awaits me in P ...more
Joseph Finley
D. B. Jackson has crafted another fun historical fantasy with Thieves’ Quarry, the sequel to his first novel in the series, Thieftaker. The series takes the reader to colonial Boston and a world where conjurers, called “spellers,” live secretly among the population. Among them is Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who retrieves stolen goods for a price. And like the first book, Kaille once again finds himself investigating a mysterious murder committed by a new and deadly conjurer.

The murder involves t
Sarah Lawrence
Just a quick little note here, since this empty review was looking sad. I felt a bit bad giving the book only three stars,'s the book I would have wanted to read when I was younger. Magic and revolutionary Boston? How cool is that?!

Pretty darn, but a couple things kept me from being 100% happy.

First and foremost was that this was not the first book--it's either the third or the fourth, though I was unclear on which, since the author's bio and list of previously published works seemed
I don't know whether I like the author's voice or the narrators (audiobook), but I liked it so much that I stayed up until 2 in the morning to finish. I admire the combination of history, magic and noir styling.

I do feel that the story can be repetitious, like the author is afraid we'll forget something. Especially the spells. Kaille recites them in Latin every time he casts and then repeats them in English. How many times do we need to have the same spell translated?

An important clue stood out
Jack Bradbury
I read a while back before the first book came out what this series was about and a bit about where it was going. Somehow, either I misread or got bad information, I thought that the events of this book would be tying into the small pox outbreak (which I've now confirmed via the author's website will actually be central to the third book, A Plunder of Souls) and so throughout half the book I thought it was going in a direction it wasn't. It kinda damaged my enjoyment when I realized I was gettin ...more
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Nikko Lee
Why I read this book:

I received a signed copy of Thieves' Quarry by D.B. Jackson through a book giveaway at Drey's Library. I love it when authors do a little something extra for their readers. Keep in mind I have some small idea of how hard it is just to get the finished novel, let alone get it published and promote it. So when I receive a signed copy or a bookmark I am thrilled.

My one sentence summary:

Kaille must find the conjurer who killed the entire crew of a British ship as the occupation
Linda Baker
Thieve's Quarry by D.B. Jackson is a worthy follow-up to last year's Thieftaker. Jackson takes us back to Boston in 1768, where revolutionary politics coexist uneasily with magic. Ethan Kaille is a thieftaker and "speller" or conjurer. Even though the events in Salem took place nearly a hundred years earlier, he tries to keep his spelling quiet as much as possible. Business has been pretty steady since the events of Thieftaker, despite run-ins with Sephira Pryce, the chief thieftaker in Boston, ...more
How did we end up here?

The good people at Tor sent me an email about some books. The sound of THIEVES’ QUARRY was a good one to my ears so I requested it. I don’t think I’ve read a Revolutionary-set book recently (or at all) so I was intrigued by the era and the premise. I wanted to see what the author was going to do with this.

Okay, book. You've got 50 pages. Go!

The plot hit the ground running right from the beginning. BAM! Nearly 100 people dead. I like my books with body counts so that was a
Thieves’ Quarry is the worthy follow up to Thieftaker by D.B. Jackson of which I received a free review copy courtesy of Tor. It is a blend of historical novel, murder mystery and fantasy which continues the story of Ethan Kaille, a thief taker in 18th century Boston.

I don’t believe it’s necessary to have read Thieftaker prior to reading Thieves’ Quarry, although it does help to appreciate the solid character development and deepening understanding of the magic system.

What I liked

Unique blend of
DeLace Munger
Combining urban fantasy with historical fiction has worked out well for D.B. Jackson. I have enjoyed both books in the series thus far and found them to be interesting, accurate and stimulating. The historical events don't distract or subtract from the plot.

You can get a great teaser just by clicking on the title in Goodreads. I've found Jackson's magic system to be simple and manageable with enough details to keep me wondering but not overwhelm me or bore me. I am not typically drawn to America
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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
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