I received this book for free from Algonquin Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Jackaby #4
Also in this series: Jackaby, Beastly Bones
Also by this author: Jackaby, Beastly Bones, Ghostly Echoes
Published by Algonquin Young Readers on August 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Light Romance, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Algonquin Young Readers
The fate of the world is in the hands of detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby and his intrepid assistant, Abigail Rook. An evil king is turning ancient tensions into modern strife, using a blend of magic and technology to push Earth and the Otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve the daily mysteries of New Fiddleham, New England — like who’s created the rend between the worlds, how to close it, and why zombies are appearing around. At the same time, the romance between Abigail and the shape-shifting police detective Charlie Cane deepens, and Jackaby’s resistance to his feelings for 926 Augur Lane’s ghostly lady, Jenny, begins to give way. Before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether.Amazon •
The epic conclusion to the New York Times best-selling Jackaby series features sly humor and a quirky cast of unforgettable characters as they face off against their most dangerous, bone-chilling foe ever.
Mature-Content Rating: Mild Language, Violence
“You are a good man. I’ve never known you to pick an unnecessary fight just because you knew you could win it, just as I’ve never seen you back down from a necessary one that you knew you could not. You never ask for glory, you don’t want people to chant your name-for goodness’ sake, none of us even knows your real name. We don’t need you to be good enough, sir. We just need you to keep being good.”
The Dire King is the fourth and final installment of the Jackaby series and I found myself taking my time reading through it, not wanting it to come to an end.
The battle between the Seelie and the Unseeliee, The Dire King and the earth, has come.
Jackaby, our lovable and snarky detective, shows a more venerable side of himself during this book. The fate of two worlds rests on his shoulders and he carries the weight with apprehension and mild confidence. Since the first book I’ve seen the struggle Jackaby has gone through being the Seer and The Dire King allows barriers to fall and we get our first good glimpse of what Jackaby is like behind the bravado and banter.
Abigail Rook. Ms Rook is my favorite kind of female lead. She’s strong and smart and has grown so, so much since the first book; both learning from and teaching Jackaby throughout her time in New Fiddleham. She’s also mild enough that she doesn’t completely take over the story and downplay the other characters.
With the oncoming war looming, The Dire King welcomes back a handful of favorite secondary characters: Charlie (of course), Mr. Hudson, and Lydia, along with new secondary characters that quickly get under your skin (in good and bad ways).
Through the series Jackaby’s motley crew has had a fare share of fights, but none as gruesome or as large scale as this full out war. Creatures pop up on both sides of the fight and add a colorful, kind of steampunk fairytale meets Tolkien-ish feel to the story. The plot is not as light and airy as the previous books, and defiantly takes a darker turn toward the quarter of the book, but the characters and charm of the world created by Ritter are never lost in the mayhem.
I hate that this is the final book, but it had a well placed ending that let readers know even though the books are ending, the story isn’t. I always like that in a conclusion instead of a long, drawn out piece. I hope Ritter has more for us up his sleeves for the future, just as amazing and magical as Jackaby.
Thanks to the generous publicists from Algonquin Young Readers, I’m able to offer a giveaway of a paperback copy of the third installment of the Jackaby series; Ghostly Echoes. This giveaway is open to anyone in the continental US and is either 14 years of age and up or have parent/guardian permission to enter. As always winners will be notified by e-mail and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.