This review contains some spoilers.
The Dire King by William Ritter
Series: Jackaby #4
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Release Date: August 22nd 2017 by Algonquin Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
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I’m so sad to see this series end! Especially with how it DID end! Please, Mr. Ritter, give us MORE!
Okay, begging done. Onto the story itself. I will first off admit that this was not my favorite book in the series, although I did enjoy a lot of aspects surrounding it. It had a lot less of Jackaby’s quirky attitude and Abigail trailing along helping to make sense of things, and I think that was because there was far more action packed into this finale than there ever was in any of the other books. Right from the start, you’re more thrown into a fast-paced story that the other three books have been building up to, and while it was pretty satisfying to read, it wasn’t nearly as much fun as it is when it’s just Jackaby being Jackaby. (And I do love Jackaby.)
What I love most though, and what we got to see strongly in this novel, is Jackaby and Abigail’s relationship. It’s built upon from the beginning of the series, and it shows how far they’ve come in this final novel, and I LOVE it. I can, without a doubt, say that my favorite thing in this final book was seeing how strong their friendship had become, and how well-executed it was. They are a strong partnership who care for one another without the romance, despite being a male and female, and I can’t get enough of it.
One of my favorite quotes was,
“Do you really think he’ll still help you if you murder me?” I said, horrified.
Pavel snorted. “Do you really think he’ll let the world burn just because you’ve died?” Pavel said.
“Try me,” Jackaby growled.
I love it. It’s not romantic, and they have clear intentions for others, but they’re still very caring for one another. Good execution.
Now, the ending … how could that happen without another book in mind? I won’t say what happened, because it was a REALLY good ending (and the epilogue was just, ugh, you can’t leave it there), but PLEASE. At least maybe some novellas? Something? More?
Okay. All in all, really good finale and things were wrapped up pretty neatly, but there is CLEARLY room for more story to happen, and, dammit, I want it.
The thing I think I was most disappointed about was the fact we still don’t know what Jackaby’s initials stand for. What do they stand for? Why weren’t we informed? This is important!
See, room for more story.
Thanks for reading!