My review of Thieftaker, book one in The Thieftaker Chronicles, is here.
My review of Thieves’ Quarry, book two in The Thieftaker Chronicles, is here.
A Plunder of Souls is D.B. Jackson’s third book in the Thieftaker Chronicles (book four, Dead Man’s Reach, was released this week). The Thieftaker Chronicles chronicle the adventures of Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker in 1760s Boston and a conjurer. D.B. Jackson has a PhD in American History and is an accomplished fantasy author (as David B. Coe): both show. In A Plunder of Souls, Kaille has been hired as by a local church to investigate a series of grave desecrations. It’s soon clear that something more sinister than mere grave robbing is afoot and that Kaille is in over his head.
A Plunder of Souls gets off to an unfortunate start. By book three, my default is the less Sephira Pryce, the better. Ethan and Sephira’s relationship begins to change during the book, though, and she winds up playing a different, more interesting, role here than in the first two books. We also continue to see a more assertive Kaille, a welcome bit of character progression in the second book.
Sadly, American history takes a back seat in book three. The main historical event of note is a minor influenza epidemic. Samuel Adams makes a cameo, but otherwise the Sons of Liberty are silent. This is particularly disappointing after the second book. On the other hand, Kaille faces his strangest case and most dangerous villain yet.
I do have one particular complaint about the ending. Jackson makes a decision that I won’t get into for fear of spoilers that I think is driven by planning for future books, not this one and this one suffers for it. It isn’t going to stop me from waiting with anticipation for the next book, though.
My review of Dead Man’s Reach, book four in The Thieftaker Chronicles, is here.