Boston, 1769: Ethan Kaille, a Boston thieftaker who uses his conjuring to catch criminals, has snared villains and defeated magic that would have daunted a lesser man. What starts out as a mysterious phenomenon that has local ministers confused becomes something far more serious.
A ruthless, extremely powerful conjurer seeks to wake the souls of the dead to wreak a terrible revenge on all who oppose him. Kaille’s minister friends have been helpless to stop crimes against their church. Graves have been desecrated in a bizarre, ritualistic way. Equally disturbing are reports of recently deceased citizens of Boston reappearing as grotesquely disfigured shades, seemingly having been disturbed from their eternal rest, and now frightening those who had been nearest to them in life. But most personally troubling to Kaille is a terrible waning of his ability to conjure. He knows all these are related...but how?
When Ethan discovers the source of this trouble, he realizes that his conjure powers and those of his friends will not be enough to stop a madman from becoming all-powerful. But somehow, using his wits, his powers, and every other resource he can muster, Ethan must thwart the monster’s terrible plan and restore the restless souls of the dead to the peace of the grave. Let the battle for souls begin in Plunder of Souls, the third, stand-alone novel in Jackson’s acclaimed Thieftaker series.
a well written story continued content and question left to be answered could we' all meet ethan one more time
This is the third book in a fantastic historical urban fantasy. I loved it!
Ethan Kaille is an interesting character. He is a Thieftaker, a conjurer who uses his magic to track down thieves and the stolen items. I liked this eighteenth century gent. He has a very sharp mind, and is quite talented as a magical detective. He has a dark past, which gives him an air of mystery.
I downloaded this as an audio book, so I could listen to it while doing housework, or just before going to bed.
The tale was again narrated by Jonathan Davis, who brought the characters and story alive with his narration. I love his smooth tone and could listen to him speak for hours!
In this story, Ethan is hired by the minister of the local church to investigate a case of grave robbing, but what he stumbles across is even more sinister than just a few missing trinkets. Ethan finds himself facing even more danger than ever before. He will have to unite with fellow Conjurers and even his nemesis, Sephira Pryce, to outwit a deadly foe.
The story has several twists and turns, which kept me hooked from beginning to end. The descriptions of the characters and scenes brought Boston in 1769 to life; I could picture it quite clearly. The book is set about a year after the previous story. There is still tension between Britain and her colony, but Boston is struggling to deal with an outbreak of smallpox on top of the highly volatile political situation. There is plenty of action and danger in the story, but unfortunately, some of the scenes seemed to be slightly overly long and tended to drag. I did like the scene where Ethan joins forces with the other conjurers, but some of the plot leading up to that point felt a bit weaker than it should have done. I did feel a little disappointed that the villain didn't really make an appearance until two-thirds or more into the book, and, when he did appear, he hid behind the captured "souls" he had plundered. This made him seem more cowardly, rather than sinister than he should have been. This, however, did not affect my overall enjoyment in this story. I am now looking forward to reading/listening to the next book in the series as soon as it becomes available.
D.B. Jackson has written a fantastic historical urban fantasy. I love his writing style, which is fast paced and action packed. But, the story flow was not as fluid as his previous books, and the plot had a few holes that were a bit ambiguous. However, I would most definitely read more of this author's books in the future as I am fast becoming a huge fan.
There are a few scenes of a sensual nature, though not explicit, and scenes of cutting (for spell making) that may upset some readers. Therefore, I do not recommend this book for younger readers or those of a nervous disposition. However, I highly recommend this book if you love paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, thriller or detective genres. - Lynn Worton
What did you love best about A Plunder of Souls?
I liked the storyline which included famous names from our past. To think that our nations history could have been affected by supernatural events is most interesting storyline
What was one of the most memorable moments of A Plunder of Souls?
The battle in the wharehouse with the shades was a battle royal, and kept me listening till I had to stop.
What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Mr Davis has an ability to bring to life his various characters and his accents are more than enough to put you in the time frame of old America
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Many, but highs and lows, I enjoyed the story and look forward to the next one, the end left us thinking all is not finished
Any additional comments?
This is my second one of this series and we look forward to the next one as our history heats up against the British
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Narrator get an excellent job telling the story. The story was not quite as good as other two books in the series but still in excellent read.
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Graves are being desecrated in Boston. Ethan Kaille, Theiftaker and conjurer, is called to a local church by his friend Pell to discover who the culprits might be. At first, Kaille thinks resurrectionists, but it only takes a few glances to see there is more to the disruptions than a student of surgery learning a trade. These graves have been plundered for a much far darker reason.
This was more of a 3.5 than a solid 4. This story dragged a bit in the middle, maybe because it took our intrepid detective a bit too long discover the full plot. I like the characters Jackson builds, especially Ethan. On to book 4.
love these stories. seemed slow this time. Also ready for him to kick butt instead of always getting beaten.
If you are like me you will want to listen to this book at 1.25 speed minimum. If someone told me the slowed it down post production I would not doubt them.
Of the three books in the series so far I liked this one the least. I found myself suggesting better strategies to the characters based on spells they had cast earlier. Still entertaining and it does a great job of putting the reader in Pre-Revolution Boston.
I would rate it as okay. I will probably continue the series as every good series has book or two that lag behind a little.
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