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The Dire King
The Dire King: A Jackaby Novel | William Ritter
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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.
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Eyelit
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I‘m finally getting some quality reading time in this evening... and Elliot is settling in for a cozy nap. 😻#catsoflitsy

DebinHawaii So sweet! 🐱❤️ 1w
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LeenReads
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The last book in the Jackaby series, and definitely my favorite of the 4.

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Shuks22
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I loved the ending 😱 omg 😍 could not have been a better book! The whole series came together perfectly ♥️

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Merethebookgal
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Waaaah I finished the book and now I‘m done with the series and why aren‘t there more books?!? 😭😭😭 This 4th and final installment in the Jackaby series was a lovely ending and I‘m going to miss these characters. If “Sherlock of paranormal crimes” sounds like fun, check it out!

Books.Bottles.and.Babies I love the Jackaby series but I still have not gotten to this one! It's definitely a series I wouldn't have minded being longer. 2mo
Merethebookgal @Books.Bottles.and.Babies It such a fun series! And the way it‘s left I feel like there could be more.... we can hope at least, right? 2mo
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sarahgreatlove
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I loved this series so much. I can‘t believe this was the final book- I‘m completely bummed 😫😫😫 I wanted this to be like a traditional detective series that went on and on! I‘ve written about these series before: they are Sherlock crossed with doctor who with fairy tales thrown in and I utterly adore them. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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PathfinderNicole
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1. Abigail Rook and Charlie Cane (this was actual hard I suddenly forgot every book I ever read with a couple 😂)
2. Lilies
3. Candy. Specifically jelly belly jelly beans
4. 😘💜😘💜😘💜 Happy Valentine‘s Day everyone!
#HelloThursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 4mo
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Swe_Eva
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Last night's #audiowalk was lovely! The book is only OK, but the sky was brilliant! #litsywalkers

DivineDiana Beautiful! 5mo
CarolynM Gorgeous colours! 5mo
Liz_M Wish I was there! 4mo
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Minispok
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1. Teleport 😆
2. The Dire King
3. Nope
4. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
5. Ok
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Minispok
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Lovely end to a fantastic adventure.
I have enjoy this entire series, so glad I decided to pick up these books. 🤩
#LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 #ReadingChallenge #95rating #95% @BookishMarginalia

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I need to get around to this series sooner rather than later. 5mo
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Mommamanzi
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I treated myself for accomplishing my goals! I‘m sad to finish off the Jackaby series. So very excited to pick up where I left off with the most amazing series ever with Tower of Dawn... annnnd as most of you know, I am a total sucker for Fairy tales so I had to get a couple new ones. The Grimm book made me drool.😍😍😍

tpixie Great covers, esp the Grimm! 6mo
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JacqMac
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This series was so fantastic! The ending was perfect. Though I‘m so sad it‘s over.

jpmcwisemorgan I‘ve not read it yet because I don‘t want it to end. 6mo
BookishBlonde12 I was sad it was over too! 6mo
Crewgurl I cried. It hit me right in the feels. 6mo
JacqMac @jpmcwisemorgan @BookishBlonde12 It was so good, it will stick with me for awhile. 6mo
JacqMac @Crewgurl Me too. 💕 6mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I LOVE THIS SERIES! It‘s been a long time since I‘ve read a series straight through, with no gaps or breathing space between. What a conclusion! I hope the author revisits this world because I‘d love to see what my faves are up too!

(Picture taken on the pier at Stanley Bay, Hong Kong)

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Carlie892
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Fantastic conclusion to the Jackaby series. I‘ve loved each book, and The Dire King was no exception. William Ritter created a truly fascinating world in this paranormal take on Sherlock, and I highly recommend the series as a whole.

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Unabridged
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I thoroughly enjoyed the conclusion of William Ritter‘s fabulous Jackaby series...its great for fans of paranormal mysteries and (especially!) Sherlock Holmes.

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BookishBlonde12
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“The crown, the spear, the shield. You cannot let him collect them. He has already taken the crown.”

The final book in the Jackaby series did NOT disappoint. Full of humor, action, and of course magic.

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BookishBlonde12
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Doing exactly what I wanted to do this weekend! 📚

Crazeedi 😉👍💖 8mo
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BookishBlonde12
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Sunday‘s view brought to you by The Dire King 🤴

RedxoHearts I still have to read this one but I've enjoyed the Jackaby series as well 💕 8mo
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BookishBlonde12
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All curled up with my fuzzy blanket, hot ramen 🍜 soup, and The Dire King. #currentread #direking #jackaby

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Bookzombie
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I don‘t always read series back to back but I had to know what was going to happen. Overall, I think Ritter did a good job wrapping it up. I did have a few things figured out, but that didn‘t decrease my enjoyment. I don‘t want to spoil anything, but I might have preferred a not so neat wrap up. Also, part of me would have liked the series to be longer and part of me likes to imagine what the future holds for Jackaby and friends. #screamathon

Bookzombie I listened to this series on audio and Nicola Barber does an excellent job with all of the characters. The only one with an issue was this one and it wasn‘t the voices. There were weird breathing noises that should have been edited out. (edited) 8mo
Dragon @Bookzombie I‘m listening to Jackaby on Hoopla and I agree that Nicola Barber is an excellent reader 👍👍 8mo
Bookzombie @Dragon Yay! I hope you enjoy them, too. 8mo
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Rachbb3 I was hoping he would do a Abigail Rook series. 🤞 8mo
Bookzombie @Rachbb3 That would be great! 8mo
Gissy I have these books . Need to read them, when? After March 2019 I will have more time! 8mo
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Craftylikefox
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1- cheating a little- The Dire King
2- Owen King
3- I‘m a Killer
4- Key Lime pie
#manicmonday @JoScho #letterk

JoScho 💛💛💛 9mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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I finished this in one day. I just couldn‘t stop! Ritter created a memorable world with great characters. The ending I saw coming but I really enjoyed it, and the last page had me a little misty eyed. One of those I knew but didn‘t know moments. (Anyone else get these?) I just loved this series!

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cdreincarnate
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Decided to continue the tradition of reading this series out loud with my parents on long car trips to and from vacation, which meant I had to do my share of the reading with a dog either cuddled up to me or climbing over me. We thoroughly enjoyed this series finale, although I really wish YA books would stop killing off MCs and then reviving them. Not everything needs a happy ending wrapped in a neat little bow.

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Tianarose
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Loved loved loved this entire series! Went through a full range of emotions at the end and I am definitely sad that it is over!

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Tianarose
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“Jackaby almost never summoned a cab if he could manage it on foot.”

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Katiedabookworm
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This book was excellent. It was wonderfully written, had excellent visuals, realistic characters, but then again that‘s not out of the ordinary for any book in this series. It was wonderful to read, and had the best ending I ever could‘ve hoped for. There is absolutely no downside to this book, and it was an excellent way to finish an excellent series.

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Lizpixie
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#BookMail No2 (though, is it bookmail if the giver hands it to you in person🤔) is the 4th & last book in the Jackaby series. I‘ve only just finished the third book, so even though my daughter gave me my Birthday presents 2months late, you could say it was great timing⏳👍

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KathyWheeler
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Nice ending to a fun series.

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KathyWheeler
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1/ The Dire King
2/ the lynching memorial opened a couple of hours from where I live.
3/ wish I was.
4/ I can‘t tell a joke to save my life but I think this is funny: If the Silver Surfer and Iron Man teamed up, they‘d be alloys.
5/ 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏽👍🏿

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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KathyWheeler
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1/ I think I saw a reference to it on Facebook.
2/ Yes — both through Goodreads and in a print journal.
3/ Yes — I‘ve read several books that would never have even crossed my radar otherwise.
4/ William Ritter‘s The Dire King

@Chellebearss

Chellebearss Isn‘t it great to find recommendations out of your comfort zone. Litsy and Library Thing have done that for me 1y
KathyWheeler @Chellebearss Yes it is. I love that about Litsy especially. I tend to use LibraryThing only for what I own, so I don‘t get so many new recommendations there. 1y
Chellebearss @KathyWheeler I get a lot of recommendations from people chatting in the 75 books group. And from here now 😀 1y
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TaylorMay
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I think Mr. Ritter may be a Pirates fan because I had total Jack Sparrow vibes when I read this passage. 😂😂

CrowCAH Arrr matey ☠️⚓️⚔️ 1y
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TaylorMay
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I LOVED this series. This was the final book and it did such a great job of bringing everything together without feeling rushed or cliché. There were a few things that I did see coming but I still loved it anyway. I cannot wait to see what this author does next. Hopefully he will return to this world at some point ❤

Mommamanzi I am so in love with this series!!! I have 3 more chapters and I‘m done. The second was has been ordered! I may need to order the next two right now! Soooo much fun! 1y
TaylorMay @Mommamanzi yes! I ended up buying the 3rd book because my library had an insane wait list for it and I didn't want to wait lol. Glad you are enjoying it too 😉 1y
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ErinBow
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If you read one series this year, make it the Jackaby series by William Ritter! It has everything a reader could want... and more!!

It has all the witty humor and sarcastic charm of Sherlock Holmes plus every myth/legend/folktales, epic adventures, romance, imagination, and most of all: magic!!
☆☆☆☆☆
Please check out my full review on my GoodReads!!!
(ps: not my photo - found on google)

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TaylorMay
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Come on Libby I just want to read some books!
What books are you guys waiting on?

#Help #LibraryBlues #HoldList

Soubhiville I‘m waiting for Caraval, Lillian Boxfish, and Hunger. I have such a big tag list though, it‘s easy to find something currently available I want to hear. Right now I‘m listening to 1y
SilversReviews Love Libby for audio books. 1y
RebelReader Audios I'm waiting for are: We're Gonna Need More Wine, The Invisible Man and Passage to India. Currently listening to You Don't Have To Say You Love Me and Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. 1y
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MarriedtoMrT
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Overall, not the strongest in the series and there were some definite holes in the how of the big bad and the lead up to the war but the emotions and the rallying cry of the main characters were spot on. A satisfying if heart-rending conclusion. All the feels! I wonder what Mr. Ritter will come up with next?

About the audio, Nicola Barber embodies the varied cast of characters wonderfully but there were weird breath noises that needed editing.

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MarriedtoMrT
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“I have never found a book that did not have at least a little magic in it...They can‘t help it. They‘re made out of words..”

❤️

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MarriedtoMrT
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“...being different doesn‘t have to mean a decision between separation or confrontation. I have to believe there‘s a third path. I have to believe we can walk that path together.”

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MarriedtoMrT
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It‘s difficult to puzzle with tears in your eyes. The ending SLAYED me. 🗡💔 Review when I‘ve had a little recovery time.

On a different note, has anyone DNFed a puzzle before? I wasn‘t feeling my last puzzle so I dismantled what I had done and started on this Charley Harper.

DGRachel Yes. I have definitely DNFd puzzles. I dislike ones with weird pieces that don‘t seem to fit together well. I had one with underwater dog pictures, but the pieces were so badly done that you‘d think they went together when they didn‘t. I gave up. 1y
Johanna414 You bet I have! I once attempted one of those photo mosaic puzzles- never again. 1y
Tamra 💜 Harper! 1y
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MarriedtoMrT @Johanna414 I had to Google mosaic puzzle. I will be staying away from them! I do puzzles for fun not pain. 1y
MarriedtoMrT @DGRachel I agree about the weird shapes! I have a few that just sort of slide together not snap and they never stay put until you get more pieces around them. That really bugs me! 1y
MarriedtoMrT @Tamra I will definitely be doing more Harper picture puzzles! 1y
DGRachel I really love the Barnes and Noble exclusive book cover puzzles. They have 1000 pieces, so there‘s a bit of challenge there, but plenty of context clues so I don‘t get frustrated and want to quit. 1y
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MarriedtoMrT
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“The first battlefield isn‘t a place; it‘s a point of view.”

Yes!

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MarriedtoMrT
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“The precipice on which we find ourselves is that of a choice we do not want to make...But we cannot afford to avoid it. Either we engage the Dire King on our own terms now—or we allow him to engage us on his.”

In my head I switch “Dire King” to Trump. Maybe that‘s a leap but it doesn‘t feel like it in the context of the story.

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MarriedtoMrT
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“Fight the monsters, then, Philip. Don‘t fight the innocent bystanders who happen to come from the same place...You‘re just afraid of what you don‘t understand—and too stubborn to try understanding.”

😭 William Ritter kills it. Jackaby may be discussing fae folk but we can so clearly look to current immigration climate. And this, as you all know, is why books are so important!

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BookishShelly
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Wow. Great series and great end to the series. I‘m sad they‘ll be no more books.

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Rudis
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#quotsyjan18 #words I feel like most Littens would agree with Jackaby, that books are innately magical.

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Rudis
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This might sound strange, but I honestly didn‘t realize this was the final book in a series until I was a decent chunk of the way through the book. Despite that, I really enjoyed the book - the storyline was twisty without losing my attention, and I LOVED the characters. Going to have to go find the first book now!

Thanks again to @ReadingsByTheC for the book! ❤️

bunny I love this series! I would definitely recommend picking up the rest of it. (edited) 1y
ReadingsByTheC I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's one of my favorite series. 🤗 I was so sad when I found out this was the last one. 1y
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MaureenMc
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An excellent finish to this series that I just adore! Although I‘m sad to see it end, I‘m looking forward to seeing what Ritter does next.