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The Dire King: A Jackaby Novel

By: William Ritter

The thrilling conclusion to The Jackaby Novels Trilogy sends the eccentric detective and his indispensable assistant into the heart of a war between magical worlds.

ISBN: 9781616206703

JLG Release: Nov 2017


Series: Jackaby
Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Mystery and detective stories , Imaginary creatures , Supernatural , Paranormal fiction , Nineteenth-century New England social life and customs , Monsters

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Teen Books

Praise & Reviews

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School Library Journal

The fourth and final book in the series sees Abigail Rook, Jackaby’s assistant, take the lead in this preternatural mystery. Previous familiarity with the characters is advised but is not necessary to follow the plot. In 19th-century New Fiddleham, New England, a mysterious threat from the ostensibly dead Dire King endangers everyone when the The fourth and final book in the series sees Abigail Rook, Jackaby’s assistant, take the lead in this preternatural mystery. Previous familiarity with the characters is advised but is not necessary to follow the plot. In 19th-century New Fiddleham, New England, a mysterious threat from the ostensibly dead Dire King endangers everyone when the veil between this world and the fairy world, Annwyn, threatens to fall. Jackaby and Abigail are joined by a multitude of supernatural creatures, including Miss Rook’s shape-shifter boyfriend Charlie and housemate/ghost Jenny who is working on her ability to become corporeal with somewhat mixed results. The group ventures between worlds trying to figure out if the Dire King has returned, or if someone has picked up his mantle. Mayor Spade has also declared war on supernatural creatures; no one is safe in this fast-paced tale. The main characters struggle in battle and with figuring out what their future holds, which leads to an unpredictable conclusion. Though the overall plot is a fairly straightforward whodunit mystery, twists and turns provide for action-packed pages. Events that have been heavily foreshadowed throughout will come to fruition in a satisfying ending that offers tantalizing hints of the characters’ fortunes. This will most appeal to series fans and those who enjoy teen detective novels like A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro or Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star. VERDICT A strong purchase where the series is already popular.—Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL

Book Details

ISBN

9781616206703

First Release

November 2017

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 8 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 19;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Algonquin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Mystery and detective stories, Imaginary creatures, Supernatural, Paranormal fiction, Nineteenth-century New England social life and customs, Monsters,

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