Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #16
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.
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a pretty long saga that is still being published. My relationship with it it’s a bit windy. Sometimes I love the book and the characters and other times it is hard to finish them. The Thief is not the former or the latter. It is something in between. An enjoyable story, but with plenty of issues to make me frown. Let’s stick our fangs in this new adventure of our favourite vampires from Caldwell!!
This book is told from two fronts. In one corner, we have the ex-criminal, ex-drug addict and ex-enemy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood: Assail. The detox treatment is running havoc with his body and he is about to expire. His loyal cousins get in contact with Sola, the human who means the world to Assail. They hope that his mate’s presence would somehow cure him of all illness. No one could have expected that that miracle was more likely than the fact of Sola accepting the existance of vampires… On the other corner, Vishous’s mate troubles are finally blooming full force and they must redefine his relationship with Jane. And in the middle of all those love problems, Throe has started beta testing his new shadow pals…
We had an incurable illness with Serena, a really bad disease with Silas and now Assail during his last moments of life. The author is abusing too much of that kind of drama and I hope she drops it all together for future stories. For obvious reasons, they tend to be books with fewer action scenes and too much half-hearted goodbyes. This has not been an exception and, even though Assails doesn’t stay long in the hospital, those characters barely take part in anything more exciting than helath care until the end. So, everytime the book put the focus on Assail or Sola I tried to read those chapters more quickly to get to the good parts. I’m not saying their love story is boring, but it is nothing I have not read before. How they end is pretty obvious from the beginning.
Assail as a character doesn’t move me in any direction. His main contribution to this saga is actually the chance of spending more time with those wonderful cousins of his. I hope those guys get and epic story of their own! The character who has risen all the wrong flags is Sola. I can’t barely remember her from past stories, but in this one she has rubbed me the wrong way. Is this really the concept of independent woman that should appear in books? She goes from one tantrum to another in a very rude way. And that ending!! I’m speechless. If that is not a coldhearted criminal, I don’t know what it is. I’m crossing my fingers and praying that she doesn’t make a cameo in future stories. Not my kind of character at all.
The other couple that has more time dedicated to them is Vishous and Jane. If you have read my previous reviews of this saga (I bet you can all recite them by heart now), you may know that I kind of hate Vishous due to that horrible, foul smelling addiction he likes to sport every chance he gets: smoking. That’s why I was not really happy about having a book with more pages dedicated to him, but, being honest, all the last books have had a pretty big dedication to that character. Which sucks big time. He is not only constantly smoking, he even makes some annoying comments about it as if it were the coolest thing ever. Infurating. So when this book started with him having a big fight with Jane I was smiling from ear to ear. Yes, I’m that kind of reader. The kind that enjoys mischievously the suffering of their most hatred characters. Too bad it doesn’t last long. It’s a bit disappointing, actually. I think the solution for their problems is pretty easy and I even dare to say there is some favouritism towards Vishous…
This could have been a much worse book if we didn’t have a couple of side stories that bring some action and excitement to the story: Throe’s attacks and Vitoria’s ascension as mafia queen. The first one is setting the foundations for the future headaches of the Brotherhood. The trouble he is brewing looks like is going to be fun to read. And the second one is an enjoyable side quest that I wasn’t expecting and that presents some good characters. Too bad it is a bit underdeveloped.
This book is not among my favourites of the saga, but it has a nice balance that makes it pretty easy-to-read even though the romantic part is not that great.
With this author I always have lots of new words to pick from. The one that has made the cut this time is:
hardscrabble: providing or yielding meagerly in return for much effort
I guess I’m in the mood of picking that kind of words…