Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Welcome to the FFBC: The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter + GIVEAWAY

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.

 Hi William!! We’re so excited about THE DIRE KING and for the chance to ask you some questions! Welcome to the FFBC!


1. Favorite Book?

Impossible to pick. Probably something by Terry Pratchett.

2. Favorite TV show?

All time? Firefly.Current? Doctor Who.

3. Favorite movie?

The Princess Bride.

4. Favorite Song?

Currently? “The Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton.

5. Favorite Food?


6.  Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.

The Air Nation, Howl’s Moving Castle, The USS Enterprise NCC1701-D

7. What were your favorite books growing up?

Harold and the Purple Crayon, Dealing With Dragons

8. Favorite Quote?

“I’m not making it up, I’m making it good.” —The Tick.

9. What are your fandoms?

Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Supernatural

10. Name a recent book that you read that you would recommend to our book lovers.

“The Girl Who Drank The Moon” by Kelly Barnhill


Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about The Jackaby series?

Jackaby is a turn-of-the-century story about a young woman finding her confidence & purpose as she assists a mad detective who specializes in supernatural cases. Also there’s a duck.

 Tell us your favorite quote from THE DIRE KING.

I have never found a book that did not have at least a little magic in it/

What is your favorite magical creature that you have included in the book?

I love including creatures from stories all over the world in my books, and The Dire King has the widest assortment yet. Favorite creatures this time? Probably the goblins.

What Hogwarts House would you sort your main characters into?

Jackaby is a Ravenclaw, absolutely.
Jenny is Griffindor, leaning Hufflepuff.
Charlie is strongly and unfalteringly Hufflepuff.
Abigail is honestly probably a Slytherin, leaning Gryffindor.

Who is your favorite detective from pop culture?

Sherlock is high up there, but Dirk Gently has been my favorite most recently.

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write? Or which scene was the most difficult to get through?

Without spoiling anything, there is a sequence in which Abigail and Charlie must face off against a B-movie monster on their own. It wasn’t in the outline that I had gotten approved by my editor, but I was in a slump and just really wanted to write a classic Hollywood style monster scene that day. We kept it. I still love it.

If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for THE DIRE KING – Which one would you pick?

Don’t Fear the Reaper.

Is there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read THE DIRE KING (specific music, snacks...)?

A bracing cup of tea. And tea cookies. And maybe tea cakes, too. Is tea pie a thing? It should be. Tea pie.

What’s next for you?

I am working on a project very dear to me about totally new characters in a totally new city, although the story set in the same universe as Jackaby. It’s about what really makes people a family, and about finding out who you are on the inside. Also about goblins.

Thank you so much for everything, William!

Thank you for reading!

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.

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  1. I've seen so much talk of these books, so I really want to start this serious. :)

  2. I was unfamiliar with these books, but now I've looked them up on Amazon and hope to read them some time.

  3. I have Jackaby but I STILL need to read it. I can't believe all four books are out already. Sheesh - I need to get with it. Fun interview though!


  4. Yes! I love this series, and those covers are awesome.