The Thief Review
Title: The Thief (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #16)
Author: J.R. Ward
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Having allied themselves with the Band of Bastards, the Brotherhood is committed now more than ever to eradicating the Lessening Society. Recovering from their most recent battle against the last of the lessers, the Brotherhood comes to realize that the fight against their enemies is far from over.
Throe, Xcor’s former second in command, is using an ancient tome to summon a new army engineered by a force more dangerous and evil than the Omega.
And now the brothers of the Black Dagger Brotherhood will be tested both at home and on the battlefield
J.R Ward is the reigning Queen of paranormal romance. And she will forever be the author I compare all other paranormal romance authors to. Not only because she was the first author I read in that genre but because she is just such an amazing writer!
***WARNING!!! This is the 16th book in the series- if you have not read up to at least The Beast or have not read this series at all (yet), you will find SPOILERS in this review. You HAVE to read the series in order to understand this review. However, if you are caught up in the series but have NOT read The Thief yet, there are no spoilers for you. Proceed at your own risk.***
The Warden writes these books as if the characters are real. It’s like she is one of The Chosen and is recording the lives of The Brothers. It truly is! If you have ever had the pleasure of going to one of her events or seeing an interview with her, you know that she talks about the characters as if they are real- it’s kinda surreal sometimes. But I think that is what makes her books so authentic and why people love them so much. The characters go through the same events in their lives as the readers do, well, you know, minus the fangs, Omega, and being watched by Boo and of course dealing with Lassiter… But besides that, they deal with marriage problems, betrayal, heartbreak, love, annoying family members, and life and death. That’s what makes The Warden such an excellent writer.
Now, to get to the book. Let me start out and say, I did not absolutely love this book. For me, it felt more like a setup for the rest of the series. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Sola and Assail’s story. It was so much fun watching their connection grow over the last few books and then for them to have their book was just as great but I did not fall in love with this book like I thought I would.
Assail and Sola are both amazing characters. Assail’s fight to be free of his addiction and then to stay sober is harrowing and brings realness to his character. He fights for what he knows he wants and needs. I loved watching his character ARC. And Same with Sola. She goes from only relying on herself to learning how to rely on others as well. Her ARC was just as great to see. She is such a strong female character, which The Warden is well-known for writing. Their love story was well done and had it’s ups and downs.
And can we just talk about vóvo for a second? I LOVE her. She just sprinkles in such hilarity throughout the story. I could not help but laugh whenever the Twins, Marckus, and vóvo, had a scene together. So great!!!! If nothing else, read The Thief just for those scenes!
Jane and V were also amazing in this book. We’ve been watching their marriage take a hit for a while. They’ve been on a rocky road for some time now and to see their story continue to play out in this book was enthralling. We’ve all been holding our breath to see what would happen with their marriage and well, I won’t give anything away but it’s definitely worth reading about. Jane and V’s marriage trouble gives the authenticity of the story another layer. Happily Ever Afters don’t just happen- they take soooo much work. And that is shown in The Thief in such a well done way.
The main reason this book was not a five-star read for me was because of Vitoria. I completely understand why she was important. She added the dun-dun-dun aspect to the story, which of course is important. However, she had just a weeeee bit too much page time for my liking. Although, I did like that Jose was brought back into the story for a little bit. I hope he will make it into future books- there is something just so nostalgic about having him in the books again.
The other reason I was not completely in love with the book is that certain aspects felt just a little too rushed and needed more detail and others felt too hashed out and needed less detail. Like I said previously, this book was a long time coming but it also felt like a setup for the new direction the series is going in. It was the turning point book. I mean, it was not as bad as Phury’s book, Lover Enshrined, I still couldn’t put it down but it did not have that same OH MY GOD-ness that The King or The Beast had.
Overall, I really did enjoy this installment and as always, I am already itching for Murhder’s story in the next book. His little snippet in the book was just enough to make me hunger for more! Which The Warden knew would happen- I think she may be an evil genius.
However, hopefully the next book’s cover is better… Just a little better… Please?