The fourth and final installment in The Theiftaker Chronicles bring us full circle in the life of Ethan Kaille as the events in the last book come back to haunt the city of Boston.
I have loved this series since the very first time I picked it up. It was the first historical urban fantasy I'd read and I've since fallen in love with the genre. D.B. Jackson paints a true picture of historical Boston tumbling towards the American Revolution, the city itself is a powder keg and Ethan finds himself in the middle of it all as he struggles with where his loyalties rest and with the strange magic that seems to be triggering violence across a city already on edge. As Ethan starts to realize that he is at the center of the violence turning Boston inside out, he has to decide what he's willing to do to protect those he loves.
The flawless weaving of magic, and the introduction of some new magic, adds another level of interest into the historical city. The magic system is so flawlessly integrated that it's easy to imagine that spellcaster really existed in 1770 Boston. I loved getting to see a little more of some recurring characters like Sephira Pryce and getting a wider taste of Ethan's friends and the world around him.
The magic is such an interesting and fun system and Jackson really pushed Ethan to have to question and force himself to make decisions that go against his core. It's deliciously fun to watch Ethan struggle, fear and try to find any other way to resolve the fight until he's left with just one option.
This book is a great conclusion to the series, but you could even drop in and read the book as a standalone if you wanted (though the series is so great I'm not sure why you would want to) and this finale really ties up a lot of the loose ends, and brings the tension both in Ethan's life and in the city of Boston to an 11. There's trouble everywhere and for quite some time I was wondering how in the world Ethan would get out of it this time, and the answer made the book for me.
Fans of urban fantasy, historicals, or a good ol fashioned thriller will love Dead Man's Reach and the entire Thieftaker Chronicles.
You can buy Dead Man's Reach here or at your local bookstore.