- Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book 16)
- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books (April 10, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451475216
- ISBN-13: 978-0451475213
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 638 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Thief: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Hardcover – April 10, 2018
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Praise for J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series
“Utterly absorbing.”—Angela Knight
“To die for . . . I love this series!”—Suzanne Brockmann
About the Author
J. R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South with her family.
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I love diving back into this universe. No matter who the story focuses on, I just love the BDB world. I guess it probably depends on whether you’re a Vishous fan or not, how you will embrace this story. I love Vishous, he’s my favorite brother, so I loved his and Jane’s story line. And I think it was handled well. I think Vishous was sufficiently repentant, and I think both of their issues were brought to the forefront and dealt with. And to those who say Vishous was not his old self, I say that he’s evolving and that’s a good thing.
I also loved Assail and Sola’s story, but like many readers, I’m concerned about how their future will work out.
I think this was a transition book of sorts. Seems like we’re on the cusp. New enemy, new deity, possible new surgeon (maybe Manny/Butch/Jo Early’s father), Murhder. I’m dying to know who stole the book!
I loved the funny moments! The turkey/stuffing/mashed/no veggies scene between V and Phury was hysterical, as well as the My Little Pony PJ pants.
I thought some of the scenes were a little too drawn out, focusing too much on the setting. Ms. Ward has too much story to tell to need any filler. But maybe I was just too anxious to get to the action. Can’t wait til the next book!
While this ostensibly was Assail and Sola's story, there was still a whole story line dedicated to V and Jane to make the die hard fans of the original Brothers happy. Each one was so well written that I was extremely impressed at the way everything was woven together. Even the ancillary character's stories we well-told and fit into the story in such a way as to seem like a perfect fit.
This book harkens back to the first few BDB stories and reminds me again why I love this series so much! I highly recommend this book!
FINAL DECISION: Loved, loved this one and would have been a 5 star but the resolution was just a bit too quick for me. I've been anticipating Sola and Assail's story for years and this one did not disappoint. Plus V and Jane tossed in, new threats and some advancement of the overarching storylines.
THE STORY: Sola Morte, was a thief until an attempt on her life led to her promise to leave Caldwell and make a new and honest life. Hiding in Miami with her dear grandmother, Sola still cannot forget the man she left behind. Assail was who she left behind but unknown to Sola, he is not a man at all but rather a vampire. Assail lies near death after trying to recover from a cocaine addiction. His cousins make a desperate attempt to save Assail by asking Sola to visit Assail.
OPINION: I really enjoyed this book. I've been looking forward to Sola and Assail's story because I enjoy these two complex characters. They are both damaged characters who shift between doing good and doing bad. This book takes place already significantly into their story. Readers of the series will know that they have already begun their romance and cut it off when Sola leaves for Miami. This book recaps, but of course the character development of those earlier encounters is lost in this book.
But having read those early encounters, I love this story. The emotional drama is high from the beginning. Sola comes to Assail at the moment of his rebirth in many ways. The two of them always had a strong connection, and I really feel it in this book where the crisis makes these two people who are closed and secretive open up to one another.
The book is hot because not only do we have Sola and Assail as a couple, but also the continuing story of V and Jane. The two have had some problems recently (which has been shown in prior books). This book brings their lingering problems to a crisis moment.
And that is what brings these two stories together in a thematic way. Here are two couples facing a crisis where their secrets and their separateness threaten to tear them apart.
Although the two stories cross one another, they are separate and distinct narratives. The overlapping themes, however, give this book a wholeness that I don't always feel in the BDB books with the overlapping and multiple narratives.
My only negative in the book is that Sola and Assail's story is resolved too quickly in the end. After building the conflicts and drama and bring it to a head, things get fixed and then the book is over. I think the build up needed some additional space. In this book, I missed that.
WORTH MENTIONING: Murhder!
CONNECTED BOOKS: THE THIEF is the sixteenth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I think these books should be read as part of the series. Perhaps a better reader than I could appreciate them as standalones.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
For me this book took about half way to finally get invested. And once it did it was the female’s who kicked butts and took names. Which was amazing because you could feel yourself finally relate to some of the BDB women where before they haven’t been the stand out. It’s been the alpha males.
I really enjoyed how Sola was able to see her prayer answered just not on the terms she thought. I really hadn’t paid much attention to her until that moment in the book and this was suppose to be her HEA.
I do feel like V and Jane stole the show. While i don’t like how humanized V came across on the page, i did love How relatable their relationship is; getting caught up in the day to day we often put our marriages on the back burner. This showed the ugly of that and how they worked to get through it.
I am now super excited to see this world coming together. Looking forward to finally hearing what happened between Lassiter and V. And especially to Murhder being the next story in the series. I do hope he remains the main story and the side story doesn’t over shadow his by taking over.
All and all another wonderful installment in the BDB series. Not a Z, Rehv or Trez book though so couldn’t give it five stars.
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Nothing new or that exciting just seemed like filler