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Product Details

  • Series: The Thieftaker Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765327627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327628
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Boston 1768. Thief taker Ethan Kaille isn’t particularly surprised when he’s asked to find out why the crew of a British naval vessel docked in Boston Harbor has died all at once. This wouldn’t be Kaille’s first death investigation—Thieftaker (2012) involved the murder of a young girl—but he knows it isn’t his investigatory skills that led to this latest assignment. It’s apparent from the circumstances that the crew’s death was caused by a magical spell, and who better to catch a spell caster than another conjurer? Ethan is an interesting series hero: a convicted mutineer, a man who can turn himself invisible, and—as we see here—a man not afraid to put his life on the line when faced with a conjurer even more powerful than he is. At once a gripping historical mystery and an inventive urban-style fantasy, the book should appeal to a wide spectrum of readers. Jackson, who has a Ph.D in American history, does an excellent job of making us feel like we’re in Boston not long before the War of Independence. More Ethan Kaille adventures would be most welcome. --David Pitt

About the Author

D. B. JACKSON lives in Sewanee, Tennessee. In 1999, he received the William L. Crawford Memorial Award as the best new author in fantasy for The LonTobyn Chronicle.

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Who is D.B. Jackson? That's actually a better question that you know.

"D.B. Jackson," is the pseudonym of an award-winning author of more than fifteen books, including epic fantasies, media work, and non-fiction. D.B. has also published several short stories. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. The novels of the Thieftaker Chronicles -- THIEFTAKER, THIEVES' QUARRY, A PLUNDER OF SOULS (due out in July 2014), and DEAD MAN'S REACH (due out in 2015) -- are his first forays into historical fantasy; hence the name change. (Publishers call it "author branding" and it's not nearly as painful as it sounds. Google the phrase for more.)

D.B. Jackson was born in New York many, many years ago, and has since lived in New England, California, Australia, and Appalachia. He did his undergraduate work at Brown University, worked for a time as a political consultant, went to Stanford University, where he earned a Master's and Ph.D. in U.S. History, and finally returned to his first love: writing fiction.

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D.B. Jackson has done it again.
Mark Polanis
It is not necessary to read the first book in the series Thieftaker, to enjoy Thieve's Quarry.
Great fun for fans of fantasy, urban fantasy, historical, or murder mystery novels.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chris Black on July 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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 gone through since the first novel.


THIEVES' QUARRY starts off quickly with our intrepid thieftaker Ethan Kaille finding himself tasked with investigating the deaths of everyone onboard one of King George III's Royal Navy vessels. The pre-Revolutionary War time period alone would make the stakes for this case incredibly high, but with the additional threat of having every conjurer in the city hanged if he fails the stakes are even higher for Ethan. This isn't going to be an easy case and Ethan is going to need the help of every friend and spell he has in order to solve it.

The mystery at the heart of THIEVES' QUARRY is one of the best I've come across in the urban fantasy genre. Normally the `mysteries' in this genre aren't much of one and I'm able to figure out what's what pretty early on. That wasn't the case here. It kept me guessing right along with Ethan up till the very end. That fact also makes this a hard review to write. With a mystery this good I don't want to give anything away and risk ruining it for anyone.

What I can talk about is how much I loved the characters in this novel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Faith Hunter author of the Jane Yellowrock series on July 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I read Thieftaker and Thieve's Quarry in ARC form and fell in love. I even volunteered a blurb. I ADORE this series! It has everything: magic, action, mystery and romance. And history, though the story would work well in any time setting. Buy this book. Seriously.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Bali on November 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A pet peeve of mine for any fictional story taking place within a historical background is when the author sacrifices the story in an effort to show off how much research s/he did on the era. Or worse yet, when no research was done and it’s obvious. Historic fiction can be brutal, especially when you add touches such as the main protagonist being a wielder of magic, or a conjurer.

DB Jackson’s Thieves’ Quarry, the sequel to Thieftaker, is a book that should serve as a blueprint on how to properly write historic urban fantasy. It’s obvious when the story is taking place; there are some detailed descriptions involved, but not so much the reader loses sight of the plot.

It’s also a simple story and by that, I mean no disrespect to the world Jackson, who has a Ph.D. in American History, has created in colonial Boston the decade prior to the beginning of the Revolutionary War. I say simple in that, again, it’s written so well the reader can easily follow along without having to take notes. As a sequel, it’s also a book that stands alone. References are made to the hero’s prior adventures, but not in such an overly-specific manner that necessitates a reading of the first book.

Said hero is Ethan Kaille, a Boston-based conjurer working as a thieftaker. A thieftaker, an actual occupation of the time, was someone hired to find items that had been stolen e.g. someone steals a valued pocket-watch and the victim hires a thieftaker to find the thief, find the watch, and return it for a monetary reward.

Kaille’s line of work brings him into constant conflict with the beautiful and treacherous Sephira Price. Despite no supernatural powers of her own, Sephira is not one to cross, as Ethan is reminded very early and very often throughout the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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, aboard an English war vessel floating in Boston Harbor, part of the fleet that brings an occupying force into the city in an attempt to quell the fractious colonists.

As with the first book, the strength of Thieves' Quarry lies in its characters. Ethan is an engaging lead character, and as I mentioned in my review of Thieftaker, I greatly appreciate that Jackson presents us with a character outside the usual callow youth mold that dominates so much fantasy. Ethan is about as far from a coming-of-age type character as one can get: somewhere around 40 (I think), he's not simply middle-aged but in this time period is on the downward slope of middle-aged. He's served in the British navy, mutinied, been imprisoned, lived in Barbados, lost one love and found another, become estranged from his only family, made a rough-hewn business for himself as a conjurer thieftaker, and made several enemies around town over the years, including and especially his thieftaker rival Sephira Price (though "rival" implies a level of equality that doesn't really exist as Sephira mostly outclasses Ethan in terms of clientele and resources).
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