The Thief

The Thief

New enemies rise from the shadows in the next novel of the New York Times bestselling paranormal romance series the Black Dagger Brotherhood.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...

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The Thief Reviews

  • Carolina Carriço

    - Part of this book will featured Marcus (the blood slave discovered by Assail) and therefore Z.

    - Boo is the Scribe Virgin (and always has been).

    - Next induction into the Brotherhood is happening soon.

    - The Bastards will eventually be inducted as well.

    - From the BoB Syn is her favorite (and he may be gay/bisexual).

    - Vishous won't cheat physically, but thing between him and Jane will get a

    - Part of this book will featured Marcus (the blood slave discovered by Assail) and therefore Z.

    - Boo is the Scribe Virgin (and always has been).

    - Next induction into the Brotherhood is happening soon.

    - The Bastards will eventually be inducted as well.

    - From the BoB Syn is her favorite (and he may be gay/bisexual).

    - Vishous won't cheat physically, but thing between him and Jane will get a lot worse before something brings them back together.

    - Ward doesn't like V & Jane together. For her Vishous was Butch's, but back then (10 years or so ago) it wouldn't have been welcome.

    - Eddie and Adrian from Fallen Angels will show up. Davina will also come back, and she's related with that magic stuff Throe is messing with.

    - Nalla has some special ability (she had a nightmare where she saw Throes bringing that shadow assassin to life).

    - Muhrder will come back and have his own book.

    - Lassiter had to give up something big to be able to bring Selena back.

    - Lassiter's book isn't going to happen that soon because he has to stabilize things for him first.

    - Lash is coming back.

    - She would love to write more about S'hex.

    - She wants to write another spin-off where she jumps forward in time and pairs up the kids with their mates.

    - Ruhn will be part of the training center.

    - She still doesn't know which Brother will be featured in the next book.

    - Qhuinn's brother will have his story told in the BDL.

  • Joana

    Man, this book was awesome. Something about it felt like old time, I can't explain it. After all the clastrofuck with

    and this being a book with Sola and Assail as two of the main characters I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much, but I did.

    Sola and Assail still aren't my favorite people to read about, I'm still immensely pissed t

    Man, this book was awesome. Something about it felt like old time, I can't explain it. After all the clastrofuck with

    and this being a book with Sola and Assail as two of the main characters I wasn't expecting to enjoy it so much, but I did.

    Sola and Assail still aren't my favorite people to read about, I'm still immensely pissed that they stole so much from Qhuinn and Blay's book (and I always will, I've come to terms that I have a hard time letting go of the past and when things aremn't done the way I want them to), but yeah, this wasn't so bad. I love Vovó, I think she's the best and I have to admit that I'm kind of really obsessed with the Twins... and the plans Ward has for them...

    Vishous was obviously a big part of the story and I'm in heaven because of it. Vishous should be the one character to be present in ALL books, he's such an important character and always in the center of all the major events. I love that and I love him and this is great. I was worried about the drama between him and Jane but it wasn't so bad after all, it was nice seeing normal shit happening to a couple and them dealing with it. I adore Vishous. (I wish we had had Payne in it, this series is seriously lacking Payne and Vishous moments and I don't think that's right.)

    The plot is also reaching a level of awesomeness that has been missing for a long time. Going a few books back something started to feel strange and going ways that I wasn't sure about, but I liked the darkness and urgency that I'm feeling now. It felt different, this book felt different and it made me laugh like old time, it really had fun moments in it alongside the plot development with V finally knowing about Lassiter, the Boo thing being revealed and a bunch of other details and hey, Murhder is finally coming!

    It didn't feel like an ending like the other books usually do, it still feels that there are some lose ends regarding Assail and, like I said, I really want Vishous to continue being a noticeably present, although I do know the Warden has said she's done with V "as far as new books go" and I honestly want to cry.

    I'm always terribly nervous because of these books which is absolutely ridiculous but there you go, anyway as usual I adore this world and I'm so happy with how thing turned out.

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    Okay. Okay. Lot to process.

    The Thief will be about Assail and Sola and that's fantastic. #Not

    I'm okay(ish) with Assail but I don't like Sola and I honestly just don't care at all about her.

    Good thing about Assail's book, though, is that we'll get to see Z, since the blood slave that Assail saved will have a big role in it.

    Then, then.... SYN!! SYN SYN ALL THE POSSIBILITIES!!!

    He is definitely the Bastard that caught hold of my attention and Ward says she loves him and that he may be bisexual or gay and I'm !!!! with that.

    I'm getting ahead of myself but I can't freaking wait.

    I'm also so excited about Ruhn joining the training program! I can't wait for his and Saxton's book!

    And Luchas will have his story too in the BDL.

    She also plans to someday write another Black Dagger series that brings the Brothers's Young as main and fucking bless that.

    A new Brotherhood induction is coming and YES!! also... now the Bastards can be induced into the Brotherhood too and I'm absolutely more than fine with that.

    Can you fucking believe that Boo is the Scribe Virgin???? I mean????? (I cannot stop thinking about iAm and Book and I'm so ????) If Ward really does right that Scribe Virgin story, I hope she'll explain how the hell she is Boo and what are the "implications"'of it.

    Okay so I am outraged that no one asked about Blay & Qhuinn. I don't care if it's too soon or whatever I need to know they will have a chance for another book!!!!

    But then something was said that almost (and I mean almost) made me forget about this huge fail...

    Ward said that she doesn't like Vishous and Jane together, that she doesn't think they should be together. She thinks V should be with Butch, and the reason they are not is because 10 years ago she couldn't write what she wanted.

    CAN YOU FUCKING BELIEVE THAT VISHOUS AND BUTCH ARE REALLY FUCKING MEANT TO BE WITH EACH OTHER AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN BECAUSE FUCKING PEOPLE TEN YEARS AGO WOULD'T APROVE???????? AND THAT NOW NOTHING CAN BE DONE TO CHANGE WHAT'S ALREADY WRITTEN???

    VISHOUS AND BUTCH COULD BE FUCKING TOGETHER RIGHT NOW AND THEY ARE NOT AND I'M NOT HANDLING THIS WELL!!

    GO BACK! GO BACK AND GIVE ME THIS! I WANT THEM I NEED THEM TOGETHER!!!

  • Sophia Triad

    After I read this awesome book really thoroughly and slowly, there is only one thing that I can say:

    Well, this was another

    in the BDB world.

    ***Many spoilers***

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    So, let's see all the major characters that appear in this book:

    , but also

    After I read this awesome book really thoroughly and slowly, there is only one thing that I can say:

    Well, this was another

    in the BDB world.

    ***Many spoilers***

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    So, let's see all the major characters that appear in this book:

    , but also

    As you may have realised, if you expected a book only for Assail and Sola....well,

    ...

    As per usual this book is another episode in the life of Brothers' series and the story of Assail and his chosen female takes up only a portion of the book. Actually if you count the times and the pages Vichous and Jane appear and the times Assail and Sola appear, you will notice that our favourite V and his bonded female definitely win the number of appearances.

    The two main love stories are obviously a “second chance” romance. Marisol Maria Rafaela Carvalho and Jane Whitcomb will give another chance to Assail, son of Assail and to Vishous, son of the Bloodletter respectfully.

    Vishous behaves like a stupid neglected male, while Jane (as a workaholic) needs a break in order to think things through. They have lots of work to do to save their relationship. But when they find their sparkle again, it will be glorious and hot! Vishous apparently has gotten over Butch and (thank God) Jane acts now more like a human and less like a ghost i.e. she has showers, she sleeps, she is jealous and she drinks tea.

    Assail needs to bounce back. His cousins know what they have to do to help him (By the way, every time I think of them mated, I can only picture them in my head with one single female. They look inseparable and I think Ward would write an awesome MFM story. She hasn't hesitated to write ménage scenes in the previous books....Anyway, let's go back to this book...) Sola cannot deny anymore that she is in love. And if her Vovó cannot find a nice catholic boy for her granddaughter, she will have no problem accepting a nice friendly protective vampire as her granddaughter’s husband. Still things will not be easy for Assail and Sola. There will be trusting issues and accepting issues.

    Other than that, many substories are interwoven with these two stories. Throe and his army of shadows are the new enemy, but lessers are also still around and they can be dangerous. Throe just tests the waters for the time being and I seriously wonder how Omega feels with a new dark force in the neighbourhood.

    Moreover, in the human world there is a story of revenge and a woman is about to discover the vampire world when she will become a vampire herself or die. We will see in the next book.

    And a specific someone has to accept a great fortune-if he wants it naturally.

    Lastly, besides Butch more vampires discover God and midnight mass. The disappearance of Scribe Virgin has left the vampire world with a huge spiritual gap and the new Scribe Virgin will appear. Surprise! Or maybe not such a big surprise if you follow Ward's announcements and answers when the right questions are asked.

    As you have realised, this is NOT a standalone and if you love PNR I strongly recommend this series.

    Enjoy!

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  • Christy

    is the 16th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and though it was primarily about Assail and Sola, there was so much of my man Vishous I was a happy, happy girl! I’m pretty sure this is as close to another V and Jane book we’ll ever get, so it was a win in my book!

    V and Jane’s story was realistic in a way that sometimes even the happiest of couples drift and experience rocky times in a marriage. I love the way JR Ward worked their story line. I love my boy V so much and I was

    is the 16th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and though it was primarily about Assail and Sola, there was so much of my man Vishous I was a happy, happy girl! I’m pretty sure this is as close to another V and Jane book we’ll ever get, so it was a win in my book!

    V and Jane’s story was realistic in a way that sometimes even the happiest of couples drift and experience rocky times in a marriage. I love the way JR Ward worked their story line. I love my boy V so much and I was a bit nervous about how his parts would go, but I was happy with the way it all turned out.

    Assail and Sola’s story is one I’ve been waiting on for a while. I ended up loving their part of the book as well. Vovo, Sola’s grandma, is one of the best characters of this book period. I adored her. And I loved the cousins! I was lucky enough to go to the book event with JR Ward and she threw around giving the cousins a woman that they share. I am down with that! But back to Sola and Assail- I love how strong and tough Sola is. I’m anxious to see how she, as a human, will fit in to the world long term.

    Now, the only real reason this wasn’t a five star read for me… Victoria. I feel like there was way too much time spent on her. I did not need that much of her POV. It took away from the other storylines IMO. I’m glad how her story was laid to rest, but ugh. I could have done without seeing so much of her.

    Overall,

    was a fantastic addition to the BDB books. I love this world and will never grow tired of reading these books. The next book in this series will be

    and it’s Murhder’s book. I can’t even explain how excited I am about this! Bring. It. On.

  • P

    It took a long time for me to write this review. But hey, I'm here for it now. First, I'd like to say how much I've been in love with BDB. I was introduced to Dark Lover like many years ago, and since then, every year it's my duty to read each book even though I don't have much time anymore.

    The Th

    It took a long time for me to write this review. But hey, I'm here for it now. First, I'd like to say how much I've been in love with BDB. I was introduced to Dark Lover like many years ago, and since then, every year it's my duty to read each book even though I don't have much time anymore.

    The Thief started off with Assail being coma in the BDB mansion and his cousins go for Sola for their hope that she could save him in some ways. For his sake, Sola comes to meet Assail for one last time. She is there for saying goodbye but she hasn't imagined that he would open his eyes and recover very fast.

    V and Jane also have their problems to solve. V's insecurity is increasing and it starts effecting his love life. He must do something to fix what's happening in his mind and he has no idea that his conflicts would lead to their failed relationship. I loved this couple. I've been there for them all the time, and having a chance to meet them once agian in this book made me so happy.

    I used to be annoyed because of communication between Assail and Sola being destined to fail. Sola always run from her problems and Assail doesn't face them either. That's a massive failure. But in this book, the situation forces them to open their hearts gradually and there's no secret lying between them. I'm glad that the story turns to this way even if the ending felt a bit rush and Assail being careless was quite unbelievable for me. Anyway, I liked the most part of this book. V and Lassiter being together in the same room is the best scene I could ask for.

    I'm still waiting for the next book, The Savior featuring Murhder, to come out because, as I said before, it's become a ritual to read the new BDB book each year.

  • Melanie

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    It always feels so good to jump back into JR Ward’s world. This is book sixteen, with so many spinoffs and novellas intertwined, so I feel like I can’t say much, but this i

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    It always feels so good to jump back into JR Ward’s world. This is book sixteen, with so many spinoffs and novellas intertwined, so I feel like I can’t say much, but this is just a series I will always love. Basically, in

    we follow a bunch of powerful vampires, that are in an elite group that protects humans, vampires, angels, and a bunch of other paranormal entities, and they all live in this big mansion, and they all are one big family that’s just saving the world.

    But

    surrounds mostly four different storylines, even though we get to see most of the brothers, new and old, and their partners. And to make this easy, I’m just going to break down each of them.

    - *swoons forever* I’ve been waiting for these two to finally have their book for a long while. And it was so worth the wait. Sola’s number one priority will always be taking care of her grandmother, so she is still on the run and in hiding with her. Assail is not doing so great after trying to detox the drugs from his body while in rehab in the brotherhood’s hospital. But his cousins go searching for the one thing that might bring him out of his endless sleep. I loved the dynamic between Assail and Sola and I pray that we get more of them in future books. Also, I loved Sola’s grandmother so much, and I can’t speak on the Latnix rep, but the Catholic grandmother rep was so on point!

    - I’ll be honest, I hated her point of view. Victoria is in town, looking to find out what happened to her brothers, and to maybe get revenge for them. Honestly, I get why she had a point of view, and it obviously tied everything up in the end, but it still just felt pointless.

    - A lot of people were very scared, because JR Ward said that these two had a little bit of a rocky road ahead of them. And even though there is no cheating in this book, there is a close call. But seeing these two reconnect was honestly something that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. And it really put into perspective how important it is to make time for yourself and for your partner. Vishous also deals with his parentage and learns a few new things that will probably start to change the mansion forever.

    - Xcor’s former second in command has taken quite the turn. He is now a villain that I don’t think even I was prepared for. And the book sex scene was… something I don’t really have words for. But I enjoyed how he used his new-found power, and I thought it was pretty scary and really made for a page turner. And it is going to be very interesting to see how the Omega feels about all of this.

    Overall, I just will never get enough from this world, these brothers, or this author. Every single time I open up one of these book, it feels like pure joy. I know that nostalgia factors in a little, because I’ve been reading this series for what feels like my whole life, but I also think this series is some of the best PNR out there still. And I absolutely cannot wait to finally actually meet Murhder. I have a feeling the wait is going to be very worth it.

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  • Nazanin

    First of all, I don’t know why we had Vitoria’s POV! That really annoyed me because she doesn’t have anything to say and if we skipped her POV, we would lose nothing!! I really don’t know what was Ms. Ward’s purpose of it! Second, I really liked Assail and from the first time he was added to the series I was so excited to read his own story but this book didn’t justice it! I mean this book must have been Assail and Sola’s story! They must have been the main characters! But unfortun

    First of all, I don’t know why we had Vitoria’s POV! That really annoyed me because she doesn’t have anything to say and if we skipped her POV, we would lose nothing!! I really don’t know what was Ms. Ward’s purpose of it! Second, I really liked Assail and from the first time he was added to the series I was so excited to read his own story but this book didn’t justice it! I mean this book must have been Assail and Sola’s story! They must have been the main characters! But unfortunately, their story felt as one of the subplots and instead V and Jane’s was like the main one! But the thing is they had their own book before so it was fair if the author was more focused on Assail's!!! But nonetheless it was a good read and I liked it! told in multiple POV, 3 rd person. It’s the sixteenth book in The Black Dagger Brotherhood series and it should be read in order.

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession

    Okay so I am going to try really, really hard to articulate the way this book made me feel. Hopefully it won't come out a huge jumbled mess. See the last few books in the BDB series have been double edge swords for me. In these recent books J.R. Ward has taken much beloved past characters and wrote them doing things so out of character for their personality. For example Tohr who I loved for most of the series, turned into an unlikable ass

    Okay so I am going to try really, really hard to articulate the way this book made me feel. Hopefully it won't come out a huge jumbled mess. See the last few books in the BDB series have been double edge swords for me. In these recent books J.R. Ward has taken much beloved past characters and wrote them doing things so out of character for their personality. For example Tohr who I loved for most of the series, turned into an unlikable ass wipe since he came back after his Shellan's death. I understand Wellsie death ripped him apart, but I am so sick of feeling like Autumn is his consolation prize. The way he treated and still at times treats his new shellan Autumn is so bad that it makes me wish that Ms Ward had not given him a book yet, as it is clear he wasn't ready to remate. Another example is Qhuinn. I fucking adored Qhuinn..... Then his ass went bat shit cray cray in The Chosen. Now I don't even want to read about his abusive, shitty father, raging ass. I don't know if I will ever get over the way he treated Layla, Blay, and Lyric. Now in this book She took my beloved V and made him selfish and ugly in my eyes. I can't fucking believe he had the balls or ball in his case to even think about cheating let alone set up a fuck session with one of his old playthings. Am I suppose to be comforted by the fact that he didn't follow through on his cheating?

    Now I'm gonna get a little personal here. I fucking hate cheating with everything in me. My ex-husband was a pos cheater. That shit was one of the most painful things to live through. To have someone that you love and trust betray you that way makes you doubt everything about yourself. Now I understand that cheating happens in real life(been there got that tee)but I don't want to read about it in my books. I don't want to relive that pain. And that is what V did to me. I could feel Jane's pain like it was my own. I had memories pop into my damn head about an ex husband I haven't even laid eyes on in 12 years because V said something that my ex said. The way V acted like it was Jane's fault that he would almost cheat was total bull shit. One of my favorite things about Paranormal romances and BDB specifically is that mates don't cheat. They are faithful period. J.R. Ward took that away from me too. Why Warden? I love you why??? Bonded males are not even suppose to want other women!

    Now like I said V doesn't go through with it and for that I am glad because I would have never been able to forgive him. I still like V but I lost a lot of respect for his character. I don't think of him as a good mate now. I will forever think of how instead of going to Jane and telling her that they had problems and needed to talk he called another woman and planned to have kinky sex with her. J.R. Ward said this was the last book for Jane and V. I pray to GOD that it is because if she keeps this up I will end up hating his ass.

    I loved Assail in this book. He was great. I also really loved his cousins and I hope they get a book. Vovo was funny as hell and really made the book. Sola on the other hand was just okay for me in past books and in this one she came off judgy and cold. I mean if someone came and told you the man you thought yourself in love with was dying and you were needed.... Would you

    A) panic because the man you love is sick and dying and go to his side as fast as you can

    B) offer to Skype call him or something because you can't go

    C) refuse to go sorry

    D) both B & C

    Well if you are Sola it would be D. I could not fucking believe she was like "can I call him or something?" and then was like "sorry not sorry but I can't go." Vovo makes her go and when she gets to Assail's side she actually tells him "I LOVE YOU!"

    Bitch please! Now I tried to get over her refusing to go to him at first. Even though it was cold blooded, but then she acted like a hateful ass hat when she found out he was a vampire. I really wondered what the fuck Assail seen in that judgy bitch. I didn't feel their love at all. I felt Assail got screwed in the mate department. On top of that, it didn't feel like a hea. It felt like an unfinished love story. So I am guessing more to come from them. Vitoria was a lame, useless character. She had no point, was boring, and took up way too many pages for my liking. Now I am very interested in Murhder and Jo. I can't wait to read more on them. I just hope Murhder doesn't start too much shit between Xhex and JM. I love them and I don't want their HEA messed with. I really liked throe's new evil army. Their super creepy and just what the series needs to keep it fresh. Throe and that book love of his are freaking gross AF but it added well to the plot. I love Lassiter! Period! Now all my ranting and bitchin' aside I still love J.R. Ward. I still adore the BDB. I will still read every book The Warden writes, and I will wait impatiently for the next book. But PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Warden Please no more cheating or almost cheating!!!!!!

  • CG✖️Sexy Bitches Read Books✖️

    I’ll read it -_-

    But I’m saying this very clearly.

    No easy forgiveness for V. None. I’m sick and tired of the males in this series getting a free pass to break their females’ hearts and then with a snap of a finger they’re forgiven.

    Enough.

    J.R. Your preference of men and hatred for women has come across loud and clear in your Books, but enough. Even if V doesn’t cheat, he’s still thinking about it which proves he isn’t really mated to Jane based on your own invented laws of mating, doesn’t it?

    Al

    I’ll read it -_-

    But I’m saying this very clearly.

    No easy forgiveness for V. None. I’m sick and tired of the males in this series getting a free pass to break their females’ hearts and then with a snap of a finger they’re forgiven.

    Enough.

    J.R. Your preference of men and hatred for women has come across loud and clear in your Books, but enough. Even if V doesn’t cheat, he’s still thinking about it which proves he isn’t really mated to Jane based on your own invented laws of mating, doesn’t it?

    Also. Tohr. Keep that selfish asshole out of my face unless you’re ready to finally get over Wellsie (Yes YOU. Not him. This is all about YOUR hang up over her death) and allow Rosie (I refuse to call her Autumn till Tohr redeems himself) to have a TRUE love story. I’m sick of him. I’m sick of him hurting her and her just SMILING through it. Bullshit. She loves him and she’s been through shit too. SHE DESERVES MORE AND NO REAL WOMAN WOULD SIMPLY SMILE THROUGH HIS BS. I know this is fiction but come on. Enough.

    I’m sure you can all see by now I’m still riding the fed-up express after the last book. This author’s writing has become a hot mess. Clearly her and her characters cannot see eye-to-eye for shit and she needs to get her act together before I become the next person pushed away from this series for life.

    Praying the next book is much better on these fucked up subplots *rolls eyes*

    So after reading the early reviews—Jane catches V on the verge of CHEATING, and you make it all JANE’S fault?!—I have decided I’m done with this series.

    Congrats.

    You’ve lost another reader.

    I can’t believe I’m saying this to a woman ... but I’m fucking sick and tired of your misogynistic bullshit. You’re forever dragging these women through the mud and letting your immature, fucked up males get away with doing everything under the sun to them.

    AND THOSE FEMALES DON’T STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES!!!

    What kind of example do you think you’re setting for women all over?

    I’m sick of it. And unfortunately for you I’m not the only one. I’m going back to reading Kresley Cole. Her females aren’t pathetic, weak, spineless creatures that let their males get away with shredding their hearts time and time again ✌🏼

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