Welcome to the new and improved webpage of historical fantasy author D.B. Jackson, creator of the critically acclaimed Thieftaker Chronicles. Here you can learn more about D.B.’s books and stories; find a schedule of his upcoming appearances, both virtual and in-person; read a sample chapter or three; get the latest news on D.B.’s professional exploits; and much more. Enjoy your visit, and please tell your friends about the site.
David is proud to announce the upcoming release of Tales of the Thieftaker, a short fiction collection featuring eleven stories set in the world of the Thieftaker Chronicles. Writing as D.B. Jackson, David returns to the adventures of Ethan Kaille, the hero of his critically acclaimed Thieftaker series (Thieftaker, Thieves’ Quarry, A Plunder of Souls, Dead Man’s Reach). The collection includes several short stories, some flash fiction, and the long-awaited, full-length novella, “The Ruby Blade,” which tells the story of Ethan’s involvement in the mutiny that changed the course of his life.
The collection, published by Lore Seekers Press, is currently available for pre-order in ebook form, and will soon be available for pre-order in trade paperback. The official release date is December 18. Order it now!
You can now sign up for the David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson Newsletter! It’s as easy as can be, you can always unsubscribe (although, why would you?), and it will include lots of great information — scheduled events, upcoming releases, and updates on what David is up to right now. You can sign up here.
Dead Man’s Reach, the fourth and (for now) final volume in the Thieftaker Chronicles, released in the summer of 2015 by Tor Books, has been named one of the best books of 2015 by SciFiChick.com! Kirkus Reviews calls it “A thoroughly engrossing and involving entry that no series fan will want to miss.” And Publisher’s Weekly says, “Jackson deftly mixes in the chaos of the Boston Massacre and the sobering realities of colonial street life, presenting a hero who is driven yet reflective on his responsibilities.” Like the first three books, in the series, Dead Man’s Reach sports wonderful art work from Chris McGrath. It is available in hard cover and all e-book formats, and can also be purchased from Audible.com as an audio book.
“Water Witch,” a short fiction collaboration between D.B. Jackson and Faith Hunter, author of the New York Times bestselling Jane Yellowrock series, is now available for download from ebook vendors. The story introduces readers to Hannah Everhart, an ancestor of Jane Yellowrock’s closest friend, Molly Everhart Trueblood. Hannah is a witch who lives in pre-Revolutionary Boston, and whose pursuit of a dangerous fae sea captain forces her into an uneasy alliance with Ethan Kaille. This was a labor of love between friends who have wanted to work together for a long time. Check it out!
A Plunder of Souls, the third volume in the Thieftaker Chronicles has been named one of 2014’s best books by SciFi Chick.com. It is available in hardcover, trade paperback, ebook, and audio formats. Publisher’s Weekly has called it an “engaging third entry in Jackson’s Thieftaker series [that] ably mashes up the historical with the fantastic.” And it calls Jackson “an increasingly reliable tour guide to America’s colonial past.” (You can find more reviews here.)
Writing as David B. Coe, D.B. also has a new contemporary urban fantasy out from Baen Books. Spell Blind and His Father’s Eyes are the first two volumes in The Case Files of Justis Fearsson; the third volume, Shadow’s Blade, has just been released. David is also the author of a dozen other novels (eleven epic fantasies spanning three series, and a media tie-in), a founder of the Magical Words blogsite, and co-author of How To Write Magical Words: A Writer’s Companion. You can read more about the works of David B. Coe at his website.
Thieves’ Quarry, book II of the Thieftaker Chronicles (Tor Books), is out in paperback, as well as hardcover, ebook, and audio book. It was named one of 2013’s best fantasy/science fiction books by SciFi Chick.com and Fantastical Imaginations. And, of course, Thieftaker, book i in the Thieftaker Chronicles, the book that started it all, is available in paperback, hardcover, e-book, and audio book.
And, for those of you who just can’t get enough of Ethan, Sephira and the others, there are lots of Thieftaker short stories including a couple on the free samples pages of this site. In addition, “The Price of Doing Business,” was published at Tor.com in February 2014, and two more Thieftaker shorts have been released in anthologies from Dark Oak Press. “The Spelled Blade can be found in Realms of Imagination, edited by Kimberly Richardson, and “The Cully” can be found in Big Bad II, edited by John G. Hartness and Emily Lavin Leverett.