The Dire King Blog Tour (Review + Favorite Quotes) + Jackaby Giveaway!

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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

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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.


This series has easily become one of my favorite series ever. It started out very subtle. A good first book that left me intrigued, a second book that had me so super sold, and a third book that left me so very, very eager for the fourth. And the fourth – this very book? It left me super book depressed because WHY CAN’T I HAVE MORE??? This book was the perfect finale for this series, and I can’t wait until I get to see what Ritter does next.

This book was perhaps the most fun I’ve had in this series and perhaps in a book in a long time. We get all the wonderful Jackaby elements: a fascinating, complex mystery that didn’t have me guessing the culprit right away; cute little ships that took away nothing from the true story; lovable and complex characters; our sassmaster paranormal Sherlock at his absolute finest. However, this story brings something that I had always been intrigued about: the inclusion of all new supernatural creatures. That’s right – this book is brimming with supernatural creatures and I LOVED EVERYTHING SECOND OF IT. IT MADE IT SO FUN AND SO FANTASTIC AND I’M STILL CRYING AND IN A BOOK HANGOVER BECAUSE IT  WAS SO MUCH FUN.

The plot was intriguing; Jackaby was at his finest (seriously, his sass was unparalleled in this one); Miss Rook is still one of my favorite heroines ever; Charlie is adorable; and the supernatural elements were handled with so much care and craft. Ritter’s writing style is absolutely brilliant. AND MY BABY DOUGLAS WAS THERE AND MENTIONED AND HE’S JUST AN ABSOLUTE DUCK GEM.

There were a few items that I thought could have used a bit more details to them and there were some questions left unanswered (which I really, really wanted answered). And the ending did wrap up a bit more abruptly than I wanted to since I mean, a LOT happened at the ending and I wanted a bit more of how everything was dealt with. However, I think the ending was a very fitting end and really how it needed to have ended.anna

If you haven’t gotten in on this series yet, you definitely need to dive in pronto. This series will have you laughing, cheering, and maybe even shedding a tear every once in a while. It has wonderful heroines who kick some major butt, hilarious supernatural creatures, two fantastic heroes, and plots that are intricate and intriguing. This book was a wonderful way to end the series and you best believe after I finished this book, I immediately preordered it and then went and went in completed my set by buying the other three books. That’s how good this was. Five crowns for this finale and an Anna rating, because I get some major Jackaby vibes from her.


“It may not have been woven with wool from a rare yeti, or dyes mixed by Baba Yaga,” I told him, “But I’m sure it was made with love. And also with an ice pick.”
“It is quite an honor, sir,” I said. “Er – your majesty. It’s quite an honor, your majesty, sir.” I  immediately wished I remained silent.
“And what is she?” Arawn regarded me with detached amusement.
“She is my associate,” Jackaby answered. “And she is generally quite sharp. Usually. Sometimes. She’ll surprise you from time to time.”

“Of course we’re going to go looking for the rend,” said Jackaby. “And the crown, the spear, and the shield. There’s too much at stake now to start worrying about little things like being brutally murdered.”

“That will suffice,” Jackaby grumbled loudly from behind me. “Yes, yes. You are young and your love is a hot biscuit and other abysmally romantic metaphors, I’m sure. You do recall that you saw each other yesterday?”

“All right then, my sage young apprentice – what do we do next?”

“Something foolish, I imagine,” I said. “Foolish and decidedly dangerous. That sounds about our style, doesn’t it?”

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.

The giveaway is going to be 3 copies of Jackaby (US only)! Sadly, it will not be The Dire King, but if any of the quotes or my review inspired you to start this series, now is the perfect time to enter to win! (Trust me, you want this!!!)


What do you think? Have you read this series? How epic are those quotes? Let’s discuss in the comments below!

38 thoughts on “The Dire King Blog Tour (Review + Favorite Quotes) + Jackaby Giveaway!

      1. I’m sure I’ll love it, especially because it’s set in New England. You always have a special kinship to books set in the places you’re familiar with. Plus I love the era. I need a “Kyera Approved” stamp or something.


  1. YES! Great review. I feel the exact same. I love the combination of mystery and supernatural, plus the characters are amazing. And Jackaby’s sass was on point in this book. That hot biscuit line was AH-MAZING! But I also totally agree about the ending. I want more. It didn’t feel like a super satisfying ending of a series. Still amazing though.

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    1. Thanks so much!! And yesssssssssssss. ❤ The characters totally make this series, and Jackaby totally outdid himself with sass. It was amazing. And that hot biscuit line totally caught me so off guard but it was sooooo brilliant. XD But yes! I thought it was a good one, but thought that it could have had quite a bit more detail to pull it altogether. I'm hoping maybe he'll do a little novella or something to tie it together.


  2. I need to get this. ASAP. I have read reviews on goodreads (never a good idea when you have yet to purchase the book) and I am stressed already. I’ve heard it’s the darkest in the series, and has way too many feels, and now I’m just like 😱😱 I need to get this…and about a million others…

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    1. YESSSSSSSSSSSS. It was a bit stressful and dark in parts, but honestly I thought it was also the most fun of the series. There was so much fun in it with all the new supernatural creatures. But there are a lot of feels and I think you will enjoy. But yes, there are so many out there. XD

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  3. A PARANORMAL SHERLOCK??? WHERE HAVE I BEEN THAT I HAVE NOT HEARD OF THIS YET???? WHAT!!!!!! I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS NOW!! DEFINITELY HEADING TO GOODREADS AND ADDING THIS NOW! *I may know nothing about classic Sherlock, but I’m a sucker for Sherlockiness!!* Lovely review Mandy!!!

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    1. RENDZ. I FOR SURE THOUGHT THAT YOU KNEW ABOUT IT. OMIGOSH, THIS BOOK IS LIKE THE DEFINITION OF RENDZ’S ALLEY. He’s this kooky paranormal hunting Sherlock with his smart, fierce companion, Abigail. And then there’s an adorable ship and some major funnies. This is soooooo totally a book on your TBR. 😀

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  4. Wonderful review, Mandy! I’m so glad you had fun with this one. I did too! I love Jackaby’s character. He has been so much fun to read about throughout the entire series! I’m so sad the series is over now though! I’m thinking a re-read next October is in order!

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      1. Yes! That would be so much fun. In the fourth one, I feel like I forgot a lot of characters that popped up and I’m eager to see who they were exactly in the reread. His hat and Douglas were my constant favorites. XD

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      2. I did feel a little fuzzy on details too, so a re-read would be really nice for that. I used to re-read books so much. I have missed that since starting the blog. Douglas is the best!!!

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      3. Yes! There was a few names that had me questioning who they were. But did you? Now I fee like for book bloggers a reread is a crime when there are so many new ones that we should be reading and especially with our deadlines. What were some of your favorite rereads?

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      4. I did at first, since I didn’t have time to re-read. I think I got them all straight after a minute though. I totally agree. I can’t even read all the new books coming that I want to. Forget rereading. I’ve read the HP books at least 20 times, but really all the big, commercial books, I’ve reread at least a couple times. Not anymore. 😦

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      5. Yes! And yesssssssssssssss. I can’t believe how many are coming out. I swear I blink and there’s five more books that are coming out and I’m so behind. XD But wow. That’s amazing. Sadly not anymore, though, for sure. XD

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      6. Hahaha. I think we just need to come to embrace our state of be perpetual state of being behind and that we’ll never read all the books. It’s just the way it is, but it’s so hard to accept. LOL. XD


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