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The main character is a man, who has returned to Boston who makes his living as a Thieftaker. He is honest to a fault in his work which other similar people are not. He uses magic to find things for people that were lost or stolen and in doing so he solves crimes the so called law can't, and gets very little thanks for it. He is opposed by another Thieftaker who was "here first", a woman, who tries to run everything using thugs to enforce her "i am the only one here that can do that attitude" and tries at every turn to run him out of town. She would love to have him working for her or with her. Her reasoning for wanting him out of Boston is she can't get him to do either and at times he gets a very plush job she thinks she should have had. . She wants him to work with her because he has the magic and she has none to find very difficult items.
His way of working and his honesty in dealing with people won't allow him too go into partnership or work for her, since she is not as honest or forthright as he. He has a girlfriend who owns a combination bar and eating place and who patches him up when he runs abreast of her thugs and occasionally lets him hide out there. He also has a side kick ( A Ghost named Reg dressed in a uniform of some type, whom he thinks might be a long dead relative) Reg Appers when called, and even when not called, at times to provide insight and help in a "Reg Way" which isn't always helpful and sometimes downright problematic. .
While this is a "serious" read mostly, it has its light moments and made me laugh at times. I fell in love with the Thieftaker and how he helps people and ducks problems when he can. So far Jacksonj has written 4 books in this series, "Thieftaker" "Thieves' Quarry" "A Plunder of Souls". "Dead Man's Reach" all of which are excellent reads.
.Do I recommend this book, indeed yes. I recommend the entire series as well and while youi can read each of the books as a stand alone, I recommend you read them in order, as each hinges a little on the previous ones for insight into some of the people and details..
“Regulars patrolled the streets night and day, and with tensions rising, everywhere they went they encountered the taunts of young men inflamed by drink or simply the folly of youth.” Those tensions begin to boil over when customs officer Ebenezer Richardson shoots into a mob in front of his house and kills a young boy named Christopher Seider (a real event). Kaille, of course, is there to see it. And, to make matters worse, he sensed a conjuring immediately before Richardson made his ill-fated decision to fire into the crowd.
I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, though. Dead Man’s Reach Starts on a more prosaic note. Kaille has once again run afoul of his thieftaking rival, Sephira Price. My patience for this sort of run-in ended with Thieves’ Quarry, or perhaps Thieftaker, but thankfully we move on quickly. And the initial run-in is our first look at the threat (and mystery) at the center of the book, as one of Price’s men suddenly and without provocation attacks the thief they are holding (the attacking is ok, it’s the failure to wait for orders that is out of character for Price’s men). When it happens again with Richardson, Kaille and the reader more than suspect a link. In between we get a lot of the reestablishing of characters, past events, and so on that I would generally prefer the writer to keep brief and let the reader catch up, but then it’s been a year since I read A Plunder of Souls and longer since I read the others, so I probably shouldn’t complain.
My biggest complaint about A Plunder of Souls was that the political turmoil in colonial Boston took a backseat. Given the timeframe, it is right back in the forefront in Dead Man’s Reach. Further, Kaille is in the center of it, as the strange conjurings precede every act of violence pushing Boston toward a tipping point. He meets with Lieutenant (and Acting) Governor Thomas Hutchinson. Both Samuel Adams and Dr. Joseph Warren play prominent roles. Future president John Adams even makes an appearance. The book climaxes shortly after a night that lives on in infamy. Jackson’s decision to give his protagonist strong initial Tory leanings again pays off, and we get the supreme payoff of seeing him finally self-identify as a patriot after four books. All of this is I think accurate (sans the conjuring) and I know skillfully woven into the narrative (or vice versa).
Jackson is a well practiced hand at this, and it shows. Kaille and the other characters have had time to firmly settle into their roles. For all my frustrations with Sephira Price, her interactions with Kaille after the initial one are often a highlight. Kaille’s relationship with Kannice, the owner of his favorite pub (I suspect an ulterior motive) plays a more important role and adds a strong romance element to the stew. Kaille has become more powerful and assertive even as the events of the book drive him to self-doubt and loathing. He also throws around more snark (what do the kids say these days? Shade? Salt?) than I remember. This chapter in the Chronicles is, as always, strongest as an urban fantasy, and the mystery at the heart of the story is a bit too predictable.
Now what’s it going to take to convince Jackson to write a fifth book?
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If not for the sex and violence, the plot would only be suitable for young adult literature.Read more
Ethan Kaille is an interesting character.Read more