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The Dire King

(Jackaby #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,496 ratings  ·  831 reviews
The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push Earth and the Otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve the daily mysterie ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published August 22nd 2017 by Algonquin Young Readers
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It's only been like, nearly two years since I've read the last book, so no big deal right? Nothing that could go wrong.

Except me forgetting like nearly everything, haha this fine all is FINE.

In any case, I don't really have a review for this book. I liked the finale but in that detached way, you know? Like I've been lowkey invested in this series (though I guess you could contest that since I waited months to actually read this) and now I'm just kinda whatever over everything?

The charm was sti
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
So, here we are with the last book in the Jackaby series. It was both thrilling and bittersweet to read this book. It's always sad when a series end. I would recommend reading this series from the beginning and not read this one without having read the previous three books. In many ways is it one story that has taken place over four books.

What I loved about this book and the whole series are the quirky characters, the humor, and the mysteries. The Dire King has several funny moments, often thank
I have enjoyed this entire series and I was more than excited to get my greedy hands on an early copy of this book.

As always, Jackaby and the gang are delightful. There's all sorts of banter and magic and baby swoons. Of course there is an epic battle because it's the last book and everything has reached it peak...

...I refuse to spoil things, but know that I was screaming at a couple of things that happened. Things I definitely wasn't expecting. Some were amazing, some were heartbreaking.

It's o
Montzalee Wittmann
Oh my gosh, what an ending to this series!

The Dire King: A Jackaby Novel by William Ritter is the fourth and final book! The author makes the characters so well developed, and by the fourth book I feel I know them like family! The world building is awesome and original, the plot is great, and it is witty and has sprinkles of humor throughout the book. But the ending of this series as fabulous! Emotions everywhere, but we'll worth it! Terrific series!
Greyson | Use Your Words
Jackaby: ★★★★
The Map: ★★★★
Beastly Bones: ★★★★★
Ghostly Echoes: ★★★★★
The Dire King: ★★★★

I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Okay, so I fell in love with the Jackaby series after I read the first book earlier this year. It was such a fun, light read that still was a heavy hitter when it came to teaching its readers about life. I loved that I got to dive into such a chaotic fun world where I could check out and just enjoy the ride while William Ritter so perfectly put
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the 4th book in the Jackaby series. They fall into the Young Adult Fantasy category. I liked the first two, but my enjoyment is steadily declining. This one wasn't my favorite. I did 'page math' more than a few times. I enjoy the two MCs, but in this one, they didn't really evolve. And the steps they did make in progression were just too 'pretty', which unfortunately didn't build any tension. So I'll round up to 3 stars. ...more
Anna lost in stories *A*
I’ve been struggling with what exactly put in this review, because it’s gonna be really hard to talk about this book without spoilers, since it’s the fourth and final installment of the series :) but I will do my best, even if it’s gonna be a short one :) if you haven’t heard about these books, they are all about Abigail Rook, a young woman who in 1892 lands in America and finds, by total accident, a job as an assistant with Jackaby, sort of a private detective… but a pretty unusual one :) think ...more
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 STARS...

The supernatural world and the mortal world are almost merging together as one world. The Dire King is bent on breaking the rift between the worlds We see if Jackaby and his friends can stop that from happening. This book has a bit of everything in it. We got seers, humans, seelie and unseelie, shapeshifters, heroes, villains, etc. We finally find out who the Dire King is and I have to say that I didn't have a clue. The someone who was helping the Dire King, well, lets just say, I wa
rachel ☾
The Jackaby series has completely crept its way into my heart at this point. Looking back, it is so bizarre to me how disappointed I was with the first book. The three books since then have been such a journey. My heart is broken but is also… full. I have no words for my love of this cast, of this world. This series uses so many of my favourite elements and manages to twist them into unique and compelling stories with ease. I am in awe of Ritter’s writing. It remains lush and poignant while reta ...more
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
War changes things.

I'm not sure what it was about this one. Up until, literally, the last 3 pages, this was a 1 star read. It's a lot of build up and plodding through details and information. I didn't find any of the fight scenes interesting or compelling nor was I dazzled by the bad guys and their dastardly decisions.

But the end finally pulled it all together. The last few pages had wonderful lyrical quality and were beautiful. I was finally excited in the story and where it would go from ther
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I never found a book that did not have at least a little magic in it”

Wow! This fourth and final instalment delivers. Ritter brings together elements from all the previous books, putting together a thrilling story, full of magic, action and banter. As good as the plot is, the strength is as always in the characters, from Jackaby and Abigail, to Jenny and Charlie, who are all on their journey of discovery. Great resolution too - one that validates the whole series.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great conclusion to the series! I'm so glad I decided to pick up these books ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Omg, my babies. I need a fifth book. And a sixth. And so many more. Perfect ending to the series. Review to come.

This series has easily become one of my favorite series ever. It started out very subtle. A good first book that left me intrigued, a second book that had me so super sold, and a third book that left me so very, very eager for the fourth. And the fourth - this very book? It left me super book depressed because WHY CAN'T I HAVE MORE??? This book was the perfect finale for this series,
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
THE DIRE KING is the conclusion to this Sherlockian series where the sidekick is an absolute hero and being paranormal isn't so very strange.

As with all the books in the JACKABY series, I was absolutely enchanted by THE DIRE KING. The world building always draws me in, and Ritter's brilliant combination of the Victorian setting and supernatural elements is always so much fun and an absolute joy to read.

The plot of this book is full of twists and turns, and it's a bit darker than the other books
Actual review: 3.75

“Those things aren't magical."

"Of course they're magical! You infuriating man! If a unicorn came and sat in the corner of your office every day, then by the end of the year you'd be hanging your coat on its horn. There is magic in your life! Not appreciating it does not make it any less magical. Yes, some of that magic is dangerous, but so are scissors and electricity and politics- and plenty of other completely human inventions!”

This was quite the adventure, ladies and gentle
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 8/29/17: For some reason, this was the least engaging book of the series for me and I felt a little bogged down and that things were going slowly in the middle. I had a hard time picking the book back up because I felt like it wasn't really progressing for a while, but I also know that's my lack of reading time that really hurt my reading pace as well.

I did absolutely love the ending! There was the perfect amount of bittersweet that every series finale should have. Things we
Stefani Sloma
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a lovely end to a fantastic adventure. I will miss Jackaby, Abigail, and the rest of the crew from New Fiddleham. Sad to see it end.
3.5 stars.
The ending was great, but I didn't like it as much as previous books in the series.
Alex (The Scribe Owl)
Come see this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl!

4/5 stars!

Jackaby: ★★★☆☆
Beastly Bones: ★★★☆☆
Ghostly Echoes: ★★★★☆
The Dire King: ★★★★☆

What a bittersweet conclusion to such a great series! Honestly, for most of the book I was thinking it wasn't as good as Ghostly Echoes, but that ending. Wow, can William Ritter write an ending. I'm so surprised that he only has two series, Jackaby and a middle-grade one. I hope he writes more because I just can't get enough!

For this conclusion, most of th
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Is it August 22nd yet?? Because seriously, I anticipate this book being the best Jackaby we've seen yet! From the first page, the book is unputdownable! So far, we are seeing more characters, more of London, and more supernatural creatures than we have had in the series so far. William Ritter is delivering everything we have been waiting for in what I think will be an amazing climactic battle for London and even humanity. I am so incredibly excited to read the full book. I have no doubt that I w ...more
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this series and its characters from the first moment I picked up the first book, and closing the back cover of this copy of The Dire King makes my heart and soul ache with emotion, both happy and sad. Finishing a series is always really difficult for me, and although I have more than a few books on my shelf back home that should be next on my Currently Reading slot, I'm going to need to take at least the rest of the day to properly say goodbye to this one, this world, these characte ...more
Christine PNW
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This came together well as an ending to the series. There were a couple of surprises - Charlie's sister, the identity of The Dire King (I pretty much figured this out), and a few loose ends that were never wrapped up - Douglas stays a duck? Overall, though, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire series.

If pressed, I think that the second book was the weakest. The historical urban fantasy element was fun, and I would read more books with sort of an aesthetic - it reminded me a little bit of the Fantasti
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, own
** 4.5 stars **

Biannual Bibliothon | July 2019
Challenge: Wild card/ free choice

“You threatened to kill me,” I said.
“I was making small talk.”
“And then you actually tried to kill me.”
“I get tired of small talk. You take things too personally.”


Reasons why this got 4.5 stars
Because The Dire King put me through a bit of an emotional roller coaster. The characters themselves have hands down been one of favourite things about this series. The friendship, relationship and banter between Ja
Jessie H.
This review was originally posted on the Goldilox and the Three Weres blog.

I can't believe that this is the last Jackaby book. I'm not ready for it to be over. I've adored each book in this series but this one was darker than its predecessors. It was so action-packed and full of twists that I was all in by page two and it was freaking fantastic! It was also an emotional roller coaster. I legit cried during most of the last 50-60 pages. And honestly, I'm still a bit shell-shocked from that ending
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-physical
I can't believe this series is over! I am such a huge fan of this series. It's the perfect blend of humor, adventure, mystery, and magic. I was over the moon when I was sent a copy for review from the publisher. And it did not disappoint, it was a good ending to this amazing series.

I have always loved this series for the way it is able to balance the historical fiction elements with the supernatural fantasy elements. And this book continued to do that really well. I typically like my historical
Sandi (theferventreader)
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*A massive thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for sending me a copy in advance*

I have loved this series from the start so it’s no surprise that The Dire King was one of my most anticipated releases this year – and no surprise I almost squealed the house down when it arrived on my doorstep.

I can’t say much without giving things away but this was gruesome, hilarious, heartbreaking, and a hell of an end to a brilliant series.

I don’t want to say goodbye to this wonderfully weird little family Wil
Amy Leigh
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Review of first few chapters-ARC provided via NetGalley.

The story begins with the aftermath of an intrusion into the house. Doors demolished and figures smashed. The creature who caused the havoc locked up in a cage. Jackaby and Miss Rook quickly tend to daily routine and clean things up because they have a meeting to attend with King Arawen. Before they can leave a haggard old man stumbles in collapsing in the doorway and mumbles some important things. He gives them a dire task before breathing
h o l l i s
"She made me a hat, Miss Rook."
"Yes, she did. And it is atrocious. It suits you."

Wow hahaha sobbing.

"If a unicorn came and sat in the corner of your office every day, then by the end of the year you'd be hanging your coat on it's horn. There is magic in your life! Not appreciating it does not make it any less magical."

The final book in the Jackaby series for me was less about the climax of events that we're first introduced to in book one and more about the characters themselves. At least for me
Xiomy's Book Tales
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Wow, I have nothing but amazing words to utter for this epic conclusion to a wonderful series! The Dire King was a hilarious novel with twist that I was not expecting, incredible characters keep on getting better where the reader experiences more of their doubts, and roots for their well-being in this journey they have embarked on.

I won’t say much because of spoilers but know that The Dire King made me experience a rollercoaster of emotions; Jackaby made me laugh countless times, I became anxiou
C.P. Cabaniss
*I received a review copy of this novel through Netgalley.*

"Jackaby took a deep breath, his face leaden. And then he made a deal with the devil."

This final installment in the Jackaby series probably sits somewhere in the 2.5 star range for me. There were things I liked and things I didn't like.

The best part about this novel, as well as the previous three, is Jackaby himself. He has such a snarky attitude that makes him hilarious. He and Abigail have some great banter during portions of the
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WILLIAM RITTER is an Oregon educator and author of the New York Times bestselling Jackaby series. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.

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