Review: The Thief by J.R. Ward

Posted April 11, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 18 Comments

Review: The Thief by J.R. Ward
The Thief
by J.R. Ward

4 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: April 10th 2018
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #16
Format: eBook
 

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” I found myself falling in love with him in The Thief.
~ Under the Covers

Was anyone else approaching the release of The Thief with trepidation? I know I was. After the car crash that was The Chosen, the previous book in the series, I was a little scared about where Ward was going to take us. However, I have been a super fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood for 10 years, I wasn’t going to give it up without a fight especially after adoring her recent novella Dearest Ivie. So, although I approached it like you would a lion on safari, with great caution, I couldn’t resist its allure.

The Thief is Assail and Sola’s book and much like every other romance in the series their tale has been woven through several of the previous instalments in the series, with this book being the culmination of that story. Will they come together or won’t they? I admit I have never been that excited about Assail, unlike other characters he has never intrigued me, but I found myself falling in love with him in The Thief. Maybe it was seeing him so vulnerable that did it, but I adored the Sola and Assail story line. Although it didn’t quite pack the emotional punch of other love stories that Ward has written, it was surprisingly sweet for two such hardened characters.

However, I don’t think I am alone in saying that the reason I was both scared and desperate to get my hands on this book was to see what would happen next between V and Jane after the events in The Chosen. First of all, I’ve never been a huge fan of V, even at the beginning unlike the other original Brothers, he never clicked with me. So, having a third book where he was the central character was exasperating. I have no sympathy for V, over the last two books it has just shown why I don’t like him; he’s selfish and so up his own arse that he can’t see straight. I don’t wont to give spoilers so I am being deliberately vague when I say I think Ward may have realised that she had pushed her fans too far with V’s antics as she pulls him back pretty quickly. So, although at the end of the book I no longer wanted to beat the shit out of V, I also found that I am still completely indifferent to him.

Now, lets talk about other interesting characters that pop up in this book and have made me desperate to see what will happen next! Jo Early, the woman who has no idea she’s a half breed vampire and about to go through the transition, I can’t wait to see where Ward take us with her. The twins cousins of Assail Ehric and Evale, although they are virtually silent I couldn’t help but fall in love with them in this book. Now, the big one…Murhder. FINALLY. He makes an appearance and I really hope he features heavily in the next book.

In general I really liked this book, Assail and Sola give us a good injection of romance and I went into this book incensed with V but Ward managed to calm me down by the end.  However, what really got me stuck to the book and guaranteed that I will be reading the next is the intriguing storylines that appear to be coming up next. Between Murhder being back on the scene, Jo transitioning and Throe up to no good with his deadly shadows there will exciting times ahead in Caldwell.
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About J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 15 million novels in print published in 25 different countries around the world. The books in her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series have held the #1 spot on the New York Times hardcover, mass market, eBook, and combined print/eBook fiction bestseller lists and have debuted in the top 5 on the USA Today bestseller list. Prior to her writing career, Ward worked as a lawyer in Boston and spent many years as the Chief of Staff of one of Harvard’s world-renowned academic medical centers. Ward currently lives with her family in Kentucky where she has learned to enjoy and appreciate all things Southern. Connect with her online at www.jrward.com, Facebook.com/JRWardBooks, and Twitter.com/JRWard1.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading
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OMG I can’t wait to see what Ward does with V. I was so pissed at him after The Chosen. I’m wanting to know more about his antics than the main couple. I do want to see Assail happy though, which is weird considering he’s not a saint. He just really interests me. I definitely need to start this ASAP!

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Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

OMG I can’t wait to see what Ward does with V. I was so pissed at him after The Chosen. I’m wanting to know more about his antics than the main couple. I do want to see Assail happy though, which is weird considering he’s not a saint. He just really interests me. I definitely need to start this ASAP!

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Suzanne

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Whew! You said the magic words. I was truly worried about the V storyline.

Darynda
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Darynda

So excited to get to this! thanks for the review!

Timitra
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Timitra

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Suzanne

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Fabulous review suzanne!!! I’ve been a fan of jr since I read he first book Dark Lover!!! I love her characters and have become totally hooked!! I know that when I pick up one of her books it’s gonna be a emotional ride,she is a amazing storyteller!! Can’t wait to read,my library can’t get this soon enough!! Shared on all my socials!!

Sophia Rose
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Sophia Rose

Whew! You said the magic words. I was truly worried about the V storyline.

Darynda
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Darynda

So excited to get to this! thanks for the review!

Kathy Valentine
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Kathy Valentine

Fabulous review suzanne!!! I’ve been a fan of jr since I read he first book Dark Lover!!! I love her characters and have become totally hooked!! I know that when I pick up one of her books it’s gonna be a emotional ride,she is a amazing storyteller!! Can’t wait to read,my library can’t get this soon enough!! Shared on all my socials!!

Marsha K Stutsman
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Marsha K Stutsman

In the end I felt Assail and Sola fell flat for me. Perhaps it’s because Assail is still in that recovery stage. I did like Sola’s strength and stubbornness over all. I’m hopeful we will see more of them. I’m in love with the twins, Ehric and Evale. I hope good things are in store for them. In full disclosure Vishous has always had my heart. It started in the beginning with his smartass attitude, that “take me or leave me” bravado. It sucked me down the rabbit hole. Having V and Jane as a major part of this book… Read more »

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I need the catch up.

Amy R
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Amy R

I need TO catch up.

Marsha K Stutsman
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Marsha K Stutsman

In the end I felt Assail and Sola fell flat for me. Perhaps it’s because Assail is still in that recovery stage. I did like Sola’s strength and stubbornness over all. I’m hopeful we will see more of them. I’m in love with the twins, Ehric and Evale. I hope good things are in store for them. In full disclosure Vishous has always had my heart. It started in the beginning with his smartass attitude, that “take me or leave me” bravado. It sucked me down the rabbit hole. Having V and Jane as a major part of this book… Read more »

Amy R
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Amy R

Thanks for the review, I need the catch up.

Amy R
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Amy R

I need TO catch up.

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I really need to get to my reading my bdb so I can read this!

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

I really need to get to my reading my bdb so I can read this!