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.
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I listened to this on audiobook and the narrator did an awesome job. He really distinguished between character voices and conveyed emotion well.
I ended up finding this book kind of boring. I almost stopped listening to it a couple times. I think the problem was that the plot got repetitious. Basically Ethan finds a clue, gets the stuffing beat out of him, heals, finds a clue, gets the stuffing beat out of him….repeat over and over. At times Ethan reminds a bit of a 1700’s Harry Dresden...but nearly as exciting.
The writing style is decent with some good description. The pace is a bit deliberate and slow and the plot repetitious.
The characters were okay. Ethan comes across as stoically noble to the point where he does some pretty stupid things; while I admired his determination I thought he should have been smarter about things.
There is magic and conjuring in the story, but the story is more of a straight-up murder mystery than anything. The 1760’s historical America setting is interesting and I enjoyed reading about the issues of this era and how they were reimagined with magic involved.
Overall this was an okay story but kind of boring. I enjoyed the historical setting and the descriptive writing, but thought the plot was repetitive and paced too slowly. The characters were okay but also a bit bland. I guess I would recommend if you are into historical murder mysteries and don’t mind some magic in your stories. Personally I think there are a lot better urban/historical fantasies out there and I won’t be reading any more of this series.
The author does a good job in describing the setting. Old Boston is brought to life in vivid smells and colours. The main character frustratingly overlooks some obvious clues as the book progresses but by the end of the book I had grown to enjoy the tale.
The narrator has to my ear a very slow delivery. It has the effect of making most of the narration sound like a dramatic conversation. I was going to give up on the book but then increased the play back speed to 1.25. At that speed most speech sounds normal with only some parts being out of place. For me this saved the Audible book and I am now enjoying the second book.
I'm looking forward to more books in this setting by D. B. Jackson. If you have trouble with the speed of narration I would suggest trying to increase the speed slightly. If you are fan of the Dresden series, as I am, this will not be more of the same but something different and still enjoyable.
I bought this one on a whim, knowing nothing about the story or the writer and found to my surprise it was a real gem! Filled with intrigue, murder and the supernatural, the story had some really surprisingly touching moments. I was fascinated from the word go and could not put it down. I have just bought the second book in this series based on how much I enjoyed the first one. If you're a bit put off by the concept , give it a go. It's a Wierdy but a Goody!!
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I really wanted to like this book and it had lots of potential. The characters, setting and politics are perfectly outfitted. But the book is like a great set and fantastic costumes for a boring play. The main character is a brooding wizard detective who, despite his magic powers, can neither defend himself nor figure out who is behind the crimes he is investigating. In the end the bad guy literally has to tie him up and confess for him to get it. He gets beaten up over and over again and can never think of the right spell to help himself. One minute the bad guys are afraid of his powers the next they don't seem to notice. Good premise with lackluster execution.
Very flat. Granted, the material wasn't much to work with.
Couldn't find any.
Let's just say I'll lose no time reading the rest of the series.
I liked this book despite a certain annoyance with the main character who seemed to lack good sense much of the time. Sense of place was terrific and I enjoyed the cameos of real historical figures. I was disappointed, however, in Jonathan Davis' narration. I normally enjoy his performances, but this was so deadly slow that I had to speed up my player, making him sound a bit like Donald Duck. I plan to give this series another opportunity to make me love it.
It would have been nice if anything ever happened.
Not until he learns that the correct pronunciations of breeches is "britches". He uses similar simplistic pronunciations of waistcoat and victuals. If you're going to narrate a period novel, please send 10 minutes with the dictionary first.
The premise is an interesting one and some of the minor characters are quite interesting.
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