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Thieves' Quarry

(Thieftaker Chronicles #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  946 ratings  ·  142 reviews
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 (first published January 1st 2013)
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Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Benjamin Thomas
The second novel in the “Thieftaker” series picks up three years after the first book. The year is now 1768, the year in which Britain decided to occupy Boston as a way to handle the colonists who are fussing more and more about unfair taxes. British regulars set about to find quarters for themselves amongst the citizenry which, of course, does nothing to lessen the tensions. But during that process, an entire ship load of nearly 100 soldiers is abruptly and mysteriously killed while waiting in ...more
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

I plucked the first book in this series, Thieftaker, from the midst of the towering TBR pile back in February. At the time, a book about pre-Revolutionary America seemed like a good read for Presidents Day. After the Fourth of July, earlier this week, it seemed like an appropriate time to dig out the second book in the series.

And I’m glad I did. This was definitely the right book for the right time. Again.

Thieves’ Quarry takes place three years after the ev
Lynn Worton
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

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
I think I enjoyed this one more than the first one.

There was less repetition, I think. Though I didn't read this one as I listened to the audiobook, so maybe I just didn't notice the repetition of threats from Sepheria.

Now, the baddy wasn't surprising to me.

The plot did feel a little too reminiscent of plots in both Voyager and The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (mostly Voyager)

But all in all, I didn't feel like I was wasting my time reading it.

Not sure about the narrator though as the accents j
Fantasy Literature
Aug 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Lisa Hall
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The British military have landed an occupying force in the colonies and Ethan Kaille, Thieftaker, has been called to a British ship. What he finds there nearly stops his heart. The crew, down to the last man, is dead, not a mark upon them. Kaille confirms that they have died at the hands of a conjurer - and he is the Crown's favorite suspect.

A murder mystery set against the turmoil of pre-revolutionary Boston, Ethan Kaille is once again up against a powerful conjurer and it will be his wits, not
Marshal Lewis
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as with the first in the series, this held my attention from the first page to the last. Half of the time you spend guessing the next step and almost always, you're just a little wrong. This one definitely felt like more of a mystery than the first. I'm so excited for the 3rd and 4th, both sitting on my shelf, ready to have their dust jackets removed!
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
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Wayland Smith
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Bitsy Vontrapp
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Marat Beiner
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think that the more accurate will be 3.5, but I though in this case I'll round it up.
The story and drama were better in this one.
Although I still don't care for Harry Dresden, sorry, Ethan Kaille, some of new characters actually were written better.
As you could figure, this series reminds me of Dresden Files, in some ways it's worst that Dresden, in some ways it's better.
The humor, the characters is the main advantage of Dresden Files over this, but not all is that bad.
What is better here is
Jul 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

Read my full review here:
Dec 05, 2015 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...)
Apr 15, 2013 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
Merenwen Inglorion
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Let's start off with the good, shall we?
The magic. Ohmygoodness it's so cool. Conjuring, which comes in varying levels and the ghost channelers (or whatever they are, not much detail other than they're necessary.) I was with Uncle Reg in his opinion of Ethan most of the time... XD
Diver. He was loyal and basically everything you want in a puppy-dog sidekick. Er, helper? He's not quite a sidekick, in that he doesn't go with Ethan directly during his missions (or tries not to), but he helps out fro
Chris Patrick Carolan
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The second volume in DB Jackson's Thieftaker series is even better than the first, with Ethan Kaille facing threats new and old in a race against time to solve a deadly sorcerous mystery in pre-revolutionary Boston. 'Thieve's Quarry' is more or less wholly accessible to new readers. It's not necessary to have read the first book for this one to make sense, but there's enough here which builds on the previous volume to reward returning readers. The author has clearly done his homework and paints ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can not believe how Ethen Kaille still has not given up his vow not to marry due to the fact that the first woman he loved and was engaged to marry.
She decided not to wait for him, in my estimation, she judged him harshly, but, she was young as well and had no idea if his reputation would harm her name. This is my idea of the character.
Could I put it down?
Nope. At 2 a. m. I am still reading this book.
I am hoping to email Mr. Jackson to see if he could give me some tips on how I could get lati
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I got frustrated when reading this one. It seems like the conjuring power is immense, except when Ethan uses it. He always gets caught and beaten by Sephira’s men. He get locked up in prison, and generally beat half to death. Why can’t he just use his power every once in a while to do something more than conceal himself or eavesdrop? That is my problem with the book. I liked the first one, but I honestly had to double check I wasn’t rereading the first one when I started the book. It just felt s ...more
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book was just fine. The mechanics of the magic were really well done and made for intriguing and original world building. And yes, the author's knowledge of historical Boston shows. But the story was just okay to me. Enjoyable enough, especially for a quarantine read when I can't concentrate on anything for too long.

Also worth mentioning -- I read this as a standalone, which was totally fine. The backstory provided in this book is all that's needed to understand the characters and setting.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent follow-up to Thieftaker with a satisfying blend of mystery, magic and historical fiction. I was happy to see the timeline hop a bit between books and seeing Ethan's life moving on during the meantime. I'm glad the subplot involving his former fiance was dropped by this point of the series, as well.
Aug 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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
M. White
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jackson presents an interesting blend of fantasy (conjuring) and authentic pre-revolutionary American history. I enjoyed it much more than I expected to, and plan to read the full series.
Keith Kirby
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just as good as the first book! A wonderful continuation of a great story by a talented author!!
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*chomp* Ok, I need more of these.
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
why did they die? disagree.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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
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D.B. Jackson, author of historical fantasy

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

Other books in the series

Thieftaker Chronicles (5 books)
  • Tales of the Thieftaker (The Thieftaker Chronicles)
  • Thieftaker (Thieftaker Chronicles, #1)
  • A Plunder of Souls (Thieftaker Chronicles, #3)
  • Dead Man's Reach (Thieftaker Chronicles, #4)

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