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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Let me start this review with the preface that I love Johnathan Davis and everything he narrates. That being said, I really wanted to like this book more than I ended up doing. It's a murder mystery (sort of) set in pre-revolution Boston, about a magician Ethan who works as a thief taker. As a murder mystery it's not exactly interesting, it tries to focus more on the magic side of things.
The book was too long and rather repetitive. It wasn't that it reiterated plot points again and again (like some mysteries), but the scenes seemed to repeat. It could easily have been pared down quite a bit. The character's motivations were a little vague, especially Sophira. There were times that it felt like things were happening just so that Ethan could get beaten up more. For a supposedly smart guy, Ethan takes a long time to figure out some seemingly basic plot points. There seems like lots of interesting back story that could be expanded upon in further books, but even on the strength of Johnathan Davis's narration (which is absolutely excellent as always), I'm not sure I'll be getting any of the rest of the series.
Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
"Thieftaker" is not just a modern urban noir supernatural detective story dressed up in a period costume, it is driven by the events and the mindset of the period, which gives it a distinctive and intriguing flavour.
It is driven as much by character as by plot. Our hero is not an easy man but he is one you could learn to care about. The people who threaten or help him (sometimes the SAME people) have motives and emotions of their own that make them much more than plot devices.
The supernatural world is well thought through and skillfully revealed and the plot stands up as a detective/thriller story in it own right.
Jonathan Davis narrates the book with a steady voice that has exactly the right pitch and pace to get the most from this tale.
I've already ordered the next in the series and I have high hopes of it.
No once was enough good story but not timeless
Near the end when the final showdown with the other conjurer battle it out
First one alittle slow at first but a good story would like to hear next one
Good name, didn't know what it meant at first but it works with the book
yes, I liked it after it got going and look for the next one
I was drawn to this book by the basic premise but it turned out to not deliver. It had a poor plot, repetitive action and two dimensional characters. Nothing of interest is done with the historical figures who show up in minor rolls.
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!!
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 enjoy well researched historical fiction where I feel like I've learned something as well as being entertained.
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.
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