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“D. B. Jackson has masterfully woven history and fantasy to create a pre-Revolutionary Boston that should have been. Peopled by an array of entertaining characters from conjurers to revolutionaries, Thieftaker is a compelling debut novel by a writer who knows what he's doing. I look forward to reading more of Ethan Kaille's adventures!”
—C. E. Murphy, author of Urban Shaman and The Queen's Bastard
“An elegant, intricate tale of a multilayered, tortured conjurer and a world on the brink of war. With skillful, clever plotting and prose sharper than a spelled blade, D. B. Jackson has woven real history with imagination and created a character and a story to believe in and cheer for.”
—Faith Hunter, bestselling and award-winning author of the Jane Yellowrock Series
“A beautiful balance of magic and crime, history and fantasy that was fast-paced, compelling, and completely absorbing. Historical fantasy that reads like an old-school crime novel, as if Raymond Chandler were channeling Jonathan Swift. I loved it!”
—Kat Richardson, bestselling author of the Greywalker series
D. B. JACKSON was born in one of the thirteen colonies but now lives in Tennessee. Thieftaker is his first novel.
Very exciting and fast-paced, and the main character--Ethan Kaille--is really compelling.
Amazing well researched, it is obvious Mr. Jackson has a great eye for detail and this helps make this book an excellent read.
I highly recommend this novel to fans of urban fantasy, mystery and, perhaps most of all, historical fiction.
Damned slow. While I realize that a novel set in pre-revolution Boston will by necessity involve a lot of walking by the main character, I really did not like the slow pace of the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by DBT
I truly enjoyed this book.Ethan Kaille, loyal subject of the Crown, is a near-middle-aged theiftaker—someone who, for a price, retrieves stolen goods and makes the thieves... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Joseph Finley
If I see a Chris McGrath cover at a bookstore I will always pull the book off the shelf for a closer look. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Veronica L. Gonzalez
Thieftaker is my kind of story. There is magic, which makes this very much a fantasy, and it is alternate history in the sense of real time and a real place. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe
I found this unique historical urban fantasy novel thoroughly un-put-downable. It was fascinating to see an interestingly imagined magic system at work in pre-Revolutionary War... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paula S. Jordan
This is a fantastic historical urban fantasy. I loved it!
Ethan Kaille is an interesting character. Read more
In the back streets of Boston Ethan Kaille takes the jobs no one else can do...or wants. He walks a thin line as a user of magic between law and outlaw, with very few willing to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew Rose
Interesting twist on a well-mined theme. Colonial British/American magic user solves thefts (for which he gets paid) and murders (for which he does not. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Badger Lady