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Thieftaker

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Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.
Suddenly, he faces another conjurer of enormous power, someone unknown, who is part of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of power in the turbulent colony. His adversary has already killed--and not for his own gain, but in the service of his powerful masters, people for whom others are mere pawns in a game of politics and power. Ethan is in way over his head, and he knows it. Already a man with a dark past, he can ill afford to fail, lest his livelihood be forfeit. But he can't stop now, for his magic has marked him, so he must fight the odds, even though he seems hopelessly overmatched, his doom seeming certain at the spectral hands of one he cannot even see.

Publishers Weekly Review

May 21, 2012 – Exploding the myth that the past was a simpler time, historical fantasist Jackson (pseudonym of David B. Coe, author of 2010’s The Dark-Eyes’ War) takes a tour of Boston’s high and low life before the Revolution. Ex-convict Ethan Kaille has turned spell-casting thieftaker, tracking down stolen goods for reward. When wealthy Abner Berson persuades him to find the missing brooch taken from Benson’s murdered daughter, Jennifer, Ethan is entangled in the greater mystery of who killed her and how. Jennifer’s unmarked corpse shows traces of magic, conjured by a sorcerer of greater skill than Ethan. Interrogating Stamp Act rioters and mingling with Sons of Liberty like Samuel Adams, Ethan has to survive professional rival Sephira Pryce’s ambushes in order to unmask the unknown sorcerer who may be orchestrating a rebellion. Though Jackson’s detailed attention to period language and Latin spell-casting is hampered by the tale’s modern hard-boiled tone, he has produced a noteworthy series opener.

Customer Reviews

Thieftaker

A wonderful page-turner that weaves history and fantasy into a captivating story. Well-written and researched, DB Jackson is a rising star in this genre. I cannot wait for the next adventure.

Thieftaker
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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jul 03, 2012
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 250 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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