Book Review: The Adams Gambit: A Thieftaker Novella by D. B. Jackson (four stars)
“You’re a good man, Kaille. Sometimes I fear you’re too good.”
Excellent historical fiction novella. With a side of the mystical. Jackson continues to develop Ethan Kaille into a nexus for the unraveling threads of British hegemony in Boston in the 1770s. Players on the great stage of American independence have walk-on parts in this thieftaker tale.
“One grows accustomed to such attention after a time.” “No,” Warren said, “one really doesn’t.”
Characters are varied and well-developed. Ensemble players from the series return and new characters appear. Despite everyone’s agnosticism toward the Salem trials a century before, witches and conjurers abound. And they’re real.
“She won’t be happy with me.” “Well, it wouldn’t be morning in Boston if Sephira Pryce wasn’t unhappy with you over something.”
Quibble: a round trip to Philadelphia would be the stuff of weeks if not months. Travel in general is too fast and too easy. Except when it fits the plot to not be.
“All’s calm just now, but I believe that’s an illusion.”