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The Thief

(Black Dagger Brotherhood #16)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  17,236 ratings  ·  1,645 reviews
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
hardcover, 454 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Little, Brown Book Group
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Ambar Hussain You know, at this point I'm sorry to say I've lost patience with V and no longer care about his side... he's so messed up that he's not even realistic…moreYou know, at this point I'm sorry to say I've lost patience with V and no longer care about his side... he's so messed up that he's not even realistically messed up at this point. Although I liked his and Jane's story, he never was a favourite and quite frankly, if he was, he certainly wouldn't be now due to the EXCESSIVE amounts of OTHER PEOPLE'S STORIES given to his development. I mean, I love Ward but really? Don't hate him but could cut down on the V in my opinion :)(less)
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Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it

The Thief 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
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I love you, Assail. I love you with all that I am and all I will ever be, and if you die tonight or tomorrow or the night after, I just want you to know that you will always be with me. Right… here.”

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.

Sophia Triad
“Vampires. In Caldwell —"

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

If you love Vishous (our V of course), you don't want to miss this book. Trust me. True.

Well, this was another amazing experience in the BDB world.

***Many spoilers***

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

Assail: “Well, hello, beautiful”
Sola: “Can you stay with me? Don’t go now. Stay here with me for a little while?”, but also “So
Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
2.5 My feels are so conflicted Stars

* Lots of Spoilers*

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 a
Carolina Carriço
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Don't read this if you want to go into this book knowing nothing.

Information from the 2017 Cincinnati event:

- 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
Book Obsessed Chick
Jan 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.


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?

1.) Dark Lover ★★★★★
2.) Lover Eternal ★★★★★
3.) Lover Awakened ★★★★★
4.) Lover Revealed ★★★★★
5.) Lover Unbound ★★★★★
6.) Lover Enshrined ★★★★
7.) Lover Avenged ★★★
8.) Lover Mine ★★★★
9.) Lover Unleashed ★★★
10.) Lover Reborn ★★★★
11.) Lover at Last ★★★★★
12.) The King ★★★★★
13.) The Shadows ★★★★★
14.) The Beast ★★★★
15.) The Chosen ★★★★

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
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
I haven't been reading much over the past couple years. Lack of time has been an issue for me, but the real issue is that some of my favorite authors have slowly but surely morphed their worlds into something nearly unrecognizable from the worlds I had fallen in love with. Honestly, that's okay. I get it. It's to be expected that an author would want to stretch their writing wings and fly in new directions. That said, it's not required that I take the journey with them if I don't like where they ...more
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-english
*** SPOILERS ***

WARNING: Lots of spoilers and info regarding the next books (Black Dagger Legacy included) given by the Warden at the 2017 Cinci event!

Man, this book was awesome. Something about it felt like old time, I can't explain it. After all the clastrofuck with The Chosen 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
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5-3.75 Stars

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
Princess under cover
Read the sample. Can not keep my interest to save my life. And I just got through Dearest Ivie, which I liked. It's always hit and miss with JR these days. Maybe I'll come back to it at some point when I'm desperate.

Update: Borrowed the book from a Goodreads friend. Thanks so much hIpnoticraQs! Good thing I did not have to pay $15 for this. The rating would be a lot worse (as in negative) if that were the case. Right now, I'm giving it 2.5 stars, rounded up generously to 3, then rounded down aga
****4.5 Stars!!!!*****

I loved being back in the BDB world again!! To be honest, when it came to this book I avoided it for a long time! Mainly because I was scared of what one of my beloved couples were potentially going to go through. ( yes, I talk about them like they are real people, because JR Ward writes them in a way that they truly do come to life in my head!!!) It turns out, I had no reason to fret, and I should have had faith in Ms. Ward! I loved seeing this couple fall in love with eac
Sooooo much better than the last one, The Chosen. Of course, that was such a steaming pile of dookey that there really was only one way to go from there. So, points for improvement.

This book was a combination of the continuance of Sola and Assail's story, which started in Lover at Last, and some relationship drama between Vishous and Jane. There was a small, newer storyline involving a new(ish) bad guy, but mostly it was these two couples working things out.

If you are a fan of the series (and d
❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️
Reread in anticipation of Murhder’s book The Savior in just a few more days....can’t wait!!!!

*******WARNING: MILD SPOILERS**********

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4 Fangtastic Stars!!

I’m breaking down my review as usual to cover everything going on here....

V and Jane

I know a lot of fans want V and Butch together....not this girl. I love V and Jane together regardless of JRW’s recent revelations. Why? Why, would she say such bullshit and shatter my faith in her? Fans don't like this couple for some reason, t
*4 damn-near-stunned stars!*

Trust me I'm quite shocked myself.

Don't let that ugly cover fool you. 😅

Assail & Marisol

Surprisingly enjoyed their story in this. I wasn’t a big fan of this couple since they were introduced so I went into this book with zero expectations. That paid off. I didn’t realize exactly how bad off Assail was physically until the opening of this book. So bad it actually stunned me. Which I liked. Made for a more realistic, meatier, emotionally-gripping story. Seeing Assail
Kat Valentine
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous book "True"!!! The THEIF is one of the best black dagger brotherhood reads in this series,i love how jr ward takes us into her world of warrior's and their mates. In this book were picking up with assail and sola. these two are so perfect for each other both have been living lifes on the edge. each dealing with lifes that have gone out of control, for sola the choices she's made bring danger to her and her grandmothers door,so with no choice left they go on the run. For assail his drug ...more
“She missed the man she shouldn’t have ever had as if he were a piece of her soul, left behind.
But that was the way of it.
Destiny was such a thief.”
(Sola Morte aka Marisol Maria Rafaela Carvalho)

* * *
“True love required so much more than the boy-meets-girl stuff—and mutual attraction was the easy part: Life did not sit back politely and not interrupt the conversation between two souls united.”
- Doc Jane

* * *
“You are safe with him. He stares at you…like you are his whole world. This makes me happ
Sammy Loves Books
***4 "It's about damn time" stars for Assail and Sola***
Oh.. and the V and Jane Drama was Jerry Springer-esque!!
I'm not a fan of angst, but I love a good fight!!

***Assail and Sola***


I was excited about these two about 3 books ago. I'm just glad they finally got their story. I'd forgotten how aggressive and badass Sola could be. I love a strong heroine.


"I love you, Assail. I love you with all that I am and all I will ever be, and if you die tonight or tomorrow or the night after, I just want yo
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 ★'s

This book is supposed to be Assail and Sola's story but the norm has been to have a few more stories involved as well. So, I will break the review down by characters and/or couples and will try to avoid any spoilers but don't hate if one or two slip out! ;)

Assail and Sola:

I've been a big fan of both these characters when they were first introduced in the series. What's not to love about a rich, powerful, cocaine addicted vampire? You just know there's all kinds of angst there. And w
Alexandra G.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

So, after all the stress and arguments and worry about this book I can honestly say that it did not disappoint.
I think that we all got so wound up because the author never did something like this and we all freaked out. Suffice it to say that it all worked out in the end, I'm sooo happy with how the story progressed and I kinda' feel like all the freaking drama was unnecessary. (but it got people determined to read the book and find out what will happen so.....)

Right, the main foucus
Sola Morte is living safely in Miami with her beloved grandmother, always looking over her shoulder for a threat that she’s sure will come. Assail is still in Caldwell but in a coma as his withdrawal from his drug addiction is not going well. Desperate to save him, his cousins find Sola and appeal for her help, using a slight bit of duplicity as she agrees to return to be at his side. Meanwhile, Vishous and Jane are experiencing some turmoil in their relationship as the Brotherhood is facing a n ...more
3.5 - 4 stars.

Whilst I loved Assail and Sola and was absolutely thrilled (view spoiler) there was so much going on in this one I didn't know my arse from my elbow at times. Plot lines galore, so much so that I was irritating MYSELF with all the "Wait. What-ing?" that I was doing.
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Rant ahead.

This was a really flat read. No depth, tired plot. But what's new?
Why do we get a story where the main couple reads like secondary characters? Assail grew on me during previous books and this book doesn't even give us a satisfactory ending. As usual, the human finds out WAAAAAY late about the vampire thing, there's a customary freakout and a rapid solution that doesn't come across as heartfelt at all. Why couldn't it be that she was told like a grownup and that they figured shit out
Thoughts on the blurb:

What are the chances Assail dumps Sola and V dumps Jane? That would be a dream book for me.
3.5 stars

Since Assail and Sola's story seemingly got more page-time than Blay and Qhuinn in Lover at Last, this felt like a second book for them. I like that Sola can be badass and has a strong bond with her grandmother - who is awesome and a badass in her own right - but I still find her dull. I liked Assail in the prior books; he was a charmer and a wildcard, but here the
Beanbag Love
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was way better than I thought it would be. Oh, there was some of the usual WTF, but overall I actually enjoyed this story.

JRW seemed to tone down the POV number which really helped, IMO. As I said in a status update, at about 50% the POV number often explodes and suddenly new plot lines pop up or are pulled intrusively into the story, making your brain bleed. There was very little of that this time and I think it made for a more focused, less chaotic story overall.

However, the one sudden n
Tommeh Bell
Apr 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
(April 2018)I lovee this world So much. I should have read slower.

(March 2019)Doing a reread in preparation for The Savior😊
Jillian Stein
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read!

Without giving anything away, I’ll say this:
-Assail and Sola (Marisol) will make you swoon
- V and Jane will have you falling in love with them all over again
- more than a few questions will be answered as well as more than a few questions raised.

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Type: Book 16 of Black Dagger Brotherhood series
POV: Third Person

When Sola Morte/Marisol left Caldwell, it was with every intention to never look back. Nevertheless, even with a new life, she couldn’t bury part of her heart she left behind. When Assail son of Assail needed her the most, she put aside their differences and went to be by his side. But she never realized that he harbored a secret that could mean the end of them.

The truth is I never liked Sola and n
Under the Covers Book Blog
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 r ...more
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

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