Thank you for joining us today on our Blog Tour stop hosted by of THE DIRE KING by William Ritter. This tour is hosted by The Fantastic Flying Books and we were beyond excited to participate in this remarkable tour because the JACKABY series is one of our very favorite reads. For those fans of the series you all know what we are talking about and for those that have yet to delve into this world that is reminiscent of a mash up between Sherlock, Harry Potter and a bit of Dr. Who then you need to get on it. Seriously it is amazing.
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The Dire King (Jackaby #4)
by William Ritter
Release Date: August 22nd 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Synopsis: The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times best-selling series the Chicago Tribune called “Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer” sends the eccentric detective and his indispensible assistant into the heart of a war between magical worlds.
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.
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.
About the Jackaby series
“A little Dr. Who, a little Harry Potter, and a lot of Sherlock, New York Times bestselling author Will Ritter’s Jackaby series has thrilled YA readers with magic, mystery and adventure since the first book introduced us to a supernatural sleuth and his trusty assistant. In The Dire King: A Jackaby Novel (on sale August 22), Ritter sends the series out with a bang, with even more mystery, romance, and the most epic battle yet. We hope you’ll strongly consider prominent coverage for The Dire King–and all the Jackaby books—as we say goodbye to our crime-solving friends in New Fiddleham.
“A humorous, energetic, action-packed, and magical conclusion.”
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Ritter’s debut novel
Jackaby (a New York Times bestseller and 2015 Pacific Northwest Book Award winner) introduced readers to R.F. Jackaby, a quirky detective with a knack for the supernatural; Abigail Rook, his skeptical and observant assistant; Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly landlady of 926 Augur Lane; and Charlie Cane, a shape-shifting police officer. Beastly Bones and Ghostly Echoes followed the crime-solving team from their home in New Fiddleham to the depths of the underworld as they uncovered more clues about the evil forces behind Jenny’s murder.
There are moments when you read a book and are in awe of it’s word magic that you want everyone to read it so you can discuss it’s many attributes. That book is THE DIRE KING by William Ritter. I knew the moment that I began reading this novel that I would become obsessed with it and I could not put it down until the very last word was devoured.
I was eager to return to this world that Mr. Ritter created and I was pleased that as I began reading THE DIRE KING I was carried back into this adventurous world and picking up soon after the eventful finale in GHOSTLY ECHOES. Jackaby and Abigail’s troubles have only just begun as their efforts to locate and destroy the dire king only seem to run into dead ends and those ends are coming up and walking the earth. Yes, that’s right zombies my dear ones. Just when I think I could not adore this series anymore, zombies make the scene and I am gruesomely intrigued as our Jackaby and his sleuthy co-horts.
As you can imagine this gruesome turn of events is evidence that the dire king is hell bent on dissolving the veil between the two worlds as he pushes technology and magic together to wreak havoc on both sides. The battle lines are being drawn but who remains friend or foe becomes blurred as the epic battle begins and not everyone will come out alive (dun dun dun) sorry folks you know this had to happen but I cannot say who or what. Just be prepared with some tissues.
Not only did I enjoy the every living action that this book carried throughout it’s pages but the romantic aspect was another of my favorite selling points. Abigail and Charlie seem to be getting closer and the next step is within reach while Jackaby cannot seem to reign in his feelings for Jenny as well as he used to be. It’s all very swoony at moments and it lends a bit of fluff when this novel seems to be everything but that.
To say that I am a big fan of this series is a mild understatement. I don’t think I can tell you how much reading enjoyment The Jackaby Series has given me and how I believe these gorgeous books need to be on everyone’s shelf. William Ritter out did himself with THE DIRE KING for it was an compelling read that slowly increased it’s intensity until it’s tumultuous finale that left me speechless and in tears. For fans of this series it is a must read and for those that have not had the pleasure of reading the JACKABY series the time is perfect to begin and you will not be sorry that you did.
WILLIAM RITTER is an Oregon educator and author of the New York Times bestselling Jackaby series. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.