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A Plunder of Souls (Thieftaker Chronicles #3)

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Boston, 1769: Ethan Kaille, a Boston thieftaker who uses his conjuring to catch criminals, has snared villans and defeated magic that would have daunted a lesser man. What starts out as a mysterious phenomenon that has local ministers confused becomes something far more serious.

A ruthless, extremely powerful conjurer seeks to wake the souls of the dead to wreak a terrible
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by Tor Books
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Well-written historical urban legend set in colonial Boston, just like Thieftaker and Thieves' Quarry, but unfortunately follows the formula so closely that the reader can predict each succeeding action.

Don’t get me wrong, Jackson is a master wordsmith. He paints vivid pictures of the time and place, his characters have depth and emotion, and he melding of history and fantasy is a marvel. I suspect if I’d waited a little more time between reading the books their formulaic structure might be less
3.5 to 4 stars

Jackson barely avoided getting bad marks for zombies. I'll let it slide because despite corpse desecration, it ultimately became a ghost story, at least for the formerly living. For the living, it was the usual rage and revenge running rampant in Colonial Boston, with a dash of conjuring to spice things up a bit.

The small pox subplot seemed like filler and is confirmed in the Historical Note at the end; included for historical accuracy.

A page turner and a welcome return of Thieftak
Daniel Shellenbarger
A Plunder of Souls takes us back to 1769 Boston, teetering on the verge of Revolution as the British occupation pushes more and more of the town towards supporting the radicals. But that's not our story. Conjurer/thieftaker Ethan Kaile is faced with a grisly task when several prominent cemeteries are vandalized and dozens of corpses are ritually dismembered. Even worse, the shades of the dead are haunting their families. On a personal level, these heinous acts herald a decrease in Ethan's abilit ...more
Darrell Grizzle
One of the things I love about DragonCon, the annual convention in Atlanta, is discovering wonderful new books and authors with whom I'd not been familiar. In 2012 my "discovery" was D.B. Jackson, who had just published Thieftaker, the first novel in this series. I fell in love with the novel and have eagerly awaited each book in this series. A Plunder of Souls did not disappoint! I've come to love the world Jackson has created, a world based in the historical pre-revolutionary Boston, but with ...more
Brian Palmer
I enjoyed the book, but I fear the series is running out of steam without a major shakeup (there are some small shakeups in the cast here, perhaps setting the seed for continuations). The lead, Ethan Kaille, is a thieftaker, who in theory goes after ordinary thieves but in these novels is usually called upon to investigate more mysterious happenings. In this, he is asked to investigate grave robbings. Thankfully, Ethan has a small supply of spells, and friendships in the city to help him when hi ...more
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I have been a long time fan of David B. Coe's books and last year I read my first, and his second book in the Thieftaker Chronicles (written under the pseudonym of D.B. Jackson), Thieves Quarry. The earlier books of David B. Coe were epic fantasy and with the Thieftaker Chronicles he introduced an alternate history series taking place in Boston, however it's not only an alternate history story, D.B. Jackson masterfully weaves urban fa
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Just last week while on vacation out west, my son and I were discussing what were the greater obstacles to our enjoyment of books and what elements allowed for those obstacles to be overcome. One of my observations was that while a strong plot will rarely overcome poor characters for me, if you give me good characters, I can overlook more than a few plot flaws. Who knew how prophetic that conversation would be? For upon my return home, I found waiting for me a copy of D.B. Jackson’s A Plunder of ...more
Yet another one of DB Jacksons novels that grows on you with every page.
By far this was the best in the series. Conjurers coming together and all, Awesome!
This book has death, grave desecration, spirits (shades), evil conjurers and everything that makes a eerily good read.

This book is the darkest in the entire series yet! there are numerous deaths (including yellow hair's)

My rating: 4.8/5

I took this up serially after the first and the second one...

If the first book blew my mind
I love the Ethan Kaille series of historical fiction/mystery/magic set in pre-Revolutionary Boston.

While not quite as good as the previous books in the series, I appreciate the character development that is taking place with Ethan and his various cohorts, colleagues, allies and antagonists this time around.

There is a hint of the Revolution back story but the historical event depicted more fully is a smallpox outbreak in the city in 1769.

But time is ticking for Ethan and Boston. I would love to s
This is the third book in D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker series and it's another good read.

Ethan finds himself called upon to investigate a number of ritualistic grave robberies. All the bodies have had their heads and one hand removed and a symbol carved into their chests. What is most unsettling for Ethan though is that every body has also had three toes hacked off - the same three toes that Ethan is missing.

At the same time as the disturbed graves are discovered, people who have recently lost rela
Henry Lazarus
I’m starting to look forward to D. B. Jackson’s tales of Ethan Kaille, thief taker and conjurer in a very well researched Revolutionary War Boston. An old enemy has come to town to snatch the bodies of the recently buried to create A Plunder of Souls (Hard from Tor). Nathan Ramsey may have a magical way to bring his father back from death, but it also causes Ethan’s and the other conjurer’s spells to fail. The tale follows the mystery style as Ethan is first hired by one of the cemeteries, and t ...more
Eric Cone
I'm really diggin' this series of books; great fantasy, blending with actual history in 1760's Boston. Ethan Kaille is a tormented soul, who uses his powers sparingly (if he's able) for good; despite his dangerous line of work as a thieftaker, or - being hounded doggedly by his rival Sephira Pryce and her toughs, or - constantly looking over his shoulder for Sheriff Greenleaf or the Reverend Caner, who would see him burned for witchcraft. In 'Plunder of Souls,' D.B. Jackson pits Ethan up against ...more
Lynn Worton
This is the third 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
Another entertaining and engaging entry in D. B. Jackson's Thieftaker series, this one involves grave robberies that hint at a connection to Ethan Kaille's past, a sudden loss of magical power for colonial Boston's conjurers, and various community issues. The burgeoning Revolutionary movement gets less attention in this outing, and the smallpox subplot received rather less development than I'd have liked (but that may be due to my fascination with historical plagues). But as is always the case w ...more
It is interesting that despite the fact that I am a paranormal fan, the witchery aspect of this series is low on the list of what I enjoy the most. I love the setting, the characters, the history and the potential. Either a bit more history or more introspection would serve me well and greatly increase my engagement with this series.

The city of Boston is a character of its own. She is on the verge of Revolution and I felt this aspect was most gorgeously drawn in the first installment as mobs and
Theophania Elliott
Once again, a very good read - this has become one of those series I look out for.

Ethan Kaille is a man trying to do a job under quite difficult circumstances. He has the ability to do magic, but this doesn't really make his life any easier (quite the reverse) - and he's not particularly powerful, although there are hints that his limitations are more to do with his lack of skill than anything else.

In this book, we see a bit more of Sephira Pryce, which is a good thing - she becomes a bit more m
A Plunder of Souls is D.B. Jackson’s third book in the Thieftaker Chronicles (three and counting and no sign of slowing). The Thieftaker Chronicles chronicle the adventures of Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker in 1760s Boston and a conjurer. D.B. Jackson has a PhD in American History and is an accomplished fantasy author (as David B. Coe): both show. In A Plunder of Souls, Kaille has been hired as by a local church to investigate a series of grave desecrations. It’s soon clear that something more sinis ...more
magic mixed with early america - who'd of thunk it - not I, but I was intrigued enough to pick up the title and give it a try. The story certainly made me feel I was walking the streets of early Boston and the magic felt a natural part of the story. I was definitely coming into the middle of a series, but it wasn't all that out of whack that i didn't feel I couldn't continue and not be completely lost. If you've a slow afternoon, this would be an enjoyable way to spend the time.
Another great book by D.B. Jackson (aka David Coe). These books are a great read and one of my favorites. The level of historical detail is amazing, but not obtrusive and only enhances the story and the experience. You really feel that this could have happened in pre-revolutionary war Boston. The villain is a great counter point to Kaille's character, pushing him far past his previous boundaries.

And the best part? I am going to go get my book signed at the Gastonia Books a Million tonight!
Deb Elliott
the best part of this series IMHO is the wonderful accuracy of the historical period and the crescendoing tensions leading up ro the Revolutionary war. unfortunately, the reference to this was minimal and in passing. I liked the plot and ambiguity of the ending. I just missed more of the richness if the period.
This was just OK. I'm starting to feel that the books are a little repetitive. The same ongoing enemies inhabit each book. And while the witches Ethan fights change names and backgrounds, the basic development of the contest remains the same. All-in-all, not sure how long I'll continue with the series.
I continue to enjoy this series where actual conjurers exist, following the adventures of one conjurer in Revolutionary era Boston. I really enjoy fantasies that are in a setting other than a generic "medieval" setting.
The same thing that bothered me about the first two books persists in this one. I barely finished it. I think the last ten pages were the most exciting, but still fell short of a satisfying ending.
3.5 I didn't enjoy this as much as the previous entries in the series. The setting continues to be interesting and compelling, but in this book in particular, the everyman persona of the protagonist felt really strained.

Anyways, it's fine- its a reasonable entry in the series- just, I didn't really enjoy it quite as much. Oh well.
Amy Hoodock
An excellent book. I love the historical elements in this series, and the plot and characterization were intricate and enthrallung.
Disappearing ships. Chained souls. Great action wrapped in magic in the new world. These are David Cobb's best novels!
I really like this series - the low rating is due to the overlong final battle. Just a little over done in my opinion.
I'm really enjoying these books, and am sad that after I read the shorts I will have run out of books.
Bitsy Vontrapp
Wonderful and highly entertaining. Mr. Jackson doesn't mess around when it comes to the accuracy of history and his books are as meticulously researched as they are incredibly well crafted. I love the characters in these books and I'm so happy that Janna, the old conjurer, gets a larger role in the third book. I'm fascinated by her and my only complaint is that I wish Mr. Jackson would flesh out the back story of Janna and some of the other main characters, like Sephira. go ahead and add a few h ...more
I absolutely love this series -

Ethan Kaille as a revolutionary war era sorcerer in Boston, working as a Thief-taker (kind of like a modern day PI). This is so much fun to read and to watch as the characters grow, and the series expands.

Historical Urban Fantasy - I wish that there was more of this genre, but it is a bit too fine pointed for just anyone to do and to completely do right - thank you D. B. Jackson though - your series is wonderful and I cannot wait until the release of book four and
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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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