The Dire King (Jackaby #4), by William Ritter
Publish Date: August 22, 2017
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy/Mystery
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (3.5 out of 5 stars)
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 the earth and the otherworld into a mortal competition. Jackaby and Abigail are caught in the middle as they continue to solve daily mysteries in New Fiddleham, New England—like who’s created the rend between the worlds, how to close it, and why the undead are appearing around town.
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 the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, Jenny Cavanaugh, begins to give way. But before the four can think about their own futures, they will have to defeat an evil that wants to destroy the future altogether.
This one felt a little more muddled than the rest what with all the Annwyn/otherworld and fairy stuff being brought to the forefront of the storyline. It just felt like a lot of new names and information all at once and this far into the series it was just a lot all at once. It wasn’t awful and difficult to follow, it just felt like a lot all of a sudden.
This one was also very emotional. I had had an inkling about Charlie since the first book (it’s always the cinnamon roll types, I just knew as soon as I saw how sweet and kind he was….I just knew), but I was a little surprised by the Seer thing – it was kind of a slow build to that that I figured out just as it was happening.
Overall, it wasn’t my favorite in terms of ending a series, since like I said there was just so much going on with a lot of new things being added to the world, but emotionally it felt like a good ending – and a beginning.