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Thieves' Quarry (Thieftaker Chronicles #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  760 Ratings  ·  121 Reviews
Ethan Kaille isn’t the likeliest hero. A former sailor with a troubled past, Ethan is a thieftaker, using conjuring skills to hunt down those who steal from the good citizens of Boston. And while chasing down miscreants in 1768 makes his life a perilous one, the simmering political tensions between loyalists like himself and rabble-rousing revolutionaries like Samuel Adams ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Tor Fantasy (first published January 1st 2013)
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May 24, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Main strengths of this book is the magic system and very good historic reseach merge together to create a very good urban fantasy mystery.

So well worth the read, if you want something different to enjoy.
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
Wayland Smith
Aug 07, 2016 Wayland Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ethan Kallie, conjuring thieftaker, lands in a big mess that actually isn't his fault. It's been three years since the first book in this series, and Ethan seems to have gone on working in pre-Revolutionary Boston. He walks between the edges of the authorities that want to try him for witchcraft (a capital crime of course), and Sephira Pryce, a rival thieftaker with more influence and much fewer scruples than Ethan has.

The Crown has sent British regulars to occupy Boston after the latest round
I loved the first book in this series. Urban fantasy set in a historical time period in the city I actually live in just appealed to me so much. (I really do wish there was more historical urban fantasy. It is awesome). This book failed to capture my attention the way the first in the series did, and I'm uncertain if it was due to the tone, the plot, or the audiobook narration.

Ethan comes across as a bit more insufferable in this entry than in the first. Perhaps as an American and a Bostonian I
Bitsy Vontrapp
Jul 06, 2013 Bitsy Vontrapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Jul 29, 2014 Kendra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2014 Andrea Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2014 Sandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jo Oehrlein
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LOVE these covers. Impossibly cool.
Jan 28, 2015 Trish rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I must say that the cover art on this series of books contribute to their initial draw. Ethan Kaille looks good in a tricorn hat. I also think the author did a good job of recreating the behavior of people and atmosphere of a city on the brink of revolution. And I think my admiration ends there because there is too much that bothers me...

Like how there are paragraphs of backstory that seem to be cut and pasted from the first book. The repetition was annoying as were the sentences that seemed for
Jun 19, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it
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
Mar 30, 2015 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical urban fantasy mystery. Now this I gotta see.

On the eve of the British occupation of Boston, every soldier aboard a British ship mysteriously dies. Ethan Kaille is tasked with tracking down the murderer, using magic and Sherlockian methods. His employers distrust his magic; they treat him like a necessary evil, and when he takes too long, they begin to think him an unnecessary evil. Ethan must rush to solve the mystery before Boston's leaders use him and his fellow conjurers as scapego
An improvement over the first installment of the Thieftaker Chronicles but structured very similarly: murder is committed with magic, and conjurer and thieftaker Ethan Kaille is called upon to solve it despite death threats from his rival Sephira Pryce and the colonial authorities. The murderer looks unstoppable for most of the story and we don't even learn who it is until late in the game, but then once Ethan finally catches up with the person there is a great deal of exposition, Ethan barely p ...more
Jan 26, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 02, 2016 Louise rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2nd part of the series, I won't be picking up the next ones, Ethan is just too dense, and some elements are becoming irritating and formulaic (Ethan and Sephira's relationship for one - the playfully, flirty 'haha I'll send my men after you cause I'm soo dangerous' was fine the first 50 times...)
Lynn Worton
Oct 08, 2014 Lynn Worton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Pedro Marroquín
Feb 09, 2015 Pedro Marroquín rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un libro entretenido y bien escrito, algo complicado porque el protagonista (y el lector) no tiene ni puta idea de lo que está pasando en el libro hasta unas 30 páginas antes del final. Pero la resolución, y toda la trama principal, está muy bien llevada con lo que lo acabas dejándote una buena sensación. Lo único malo es que todos los personajes secundarios actúan igual que en el primer libro, es como si los tres años que supuestamente han pasado no hubiese cambiado nada a nadie. Y la firma de ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, history
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
Nov 18, 2014 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura Henson
Jul 12, 2016 Laura Henson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a couple of things I really like about this series. First off with this setting in this time period it is refreshing to see a POV that isn't firmly on the side of the revolutionaries. And secondly, that the story doesn't focus on either the upper class or the lowest echelons of society, but rather visits both and the trade and middle classes in between.

The historical setting feels natural (and well-researched) and the magical element fits within it. The historical points while looming
Apr 15, 2013 Jewel marked it as maybe  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-the-cover
Not sure if I really want to read it, but I LOVE the cover
Sonya Watkins
Jul 27, 2014 Sonya Watkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2015 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second in the series about Ethan Kaille this book takes place three years after the series start. Not only do we learn more about Ethan and his relationship with his family but we also learn more of the great cast of characters that help him out even if they don't want to. We continue to see the influence of the British and see Ethan seeing the evil of the colonization and it's effects on the population of Boston. The adventure and mystery is top notch and keeps the reader interested until the e ...more
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Thieftaker Chronicles (6 books)
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  • The Price of Doing Business
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