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A Plunder of Souls
by D. B. Jackson
Tor, $26.99, 329 pp
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Wow!  What an entertaining novel!  This historical fiction takes place in 1769 colonial Boston with the memory of witches burned still fresh in memory.

Ethan Kaille's occupation is "Thieftaker" for hire.  A dangerous job, since thieves want to fight before giving back that which they've stolen, usually resulting in the death of the thief.  But Ethan is different.  Ethan is also a conjurer -- very beneficial in his line of work -- who uses his spells to help himself and others. 

When Ethan is hired by the church to find out who is desecrating graves, he eventually also discovers the "why" of this ritualistic disturbance of the dead.   An extremely powerful conjurer, the tormented madman Nate Ramsey, is appropriating the souls of the dead to seek revenge for his father’s death and overcome all who oppose him.  As Ramsey's power grows, Ethan and three other important conjurers begin to notice their spells aren’t always working.  In their weakened state, they must work together to try stop Nate Ramsey.

The author weaves a tapestry with historical details of this colonial period in New England, Ethan's professional and personal life, relationships with those who know what he is and still love and trust him (as well as those who hate and try to kill him), to make this a truly a spell-binding tale.  With a riveting plot and a cast of intriguing characters, this is a story that's hard to put down. 

When I started this read, I didn't know that it's the third book in The Thieftaker Chronicles.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of the charismatic Ethan Kaille!  ~~ Marie Davis

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