With Marini growing more pushy and Daniel's life still in Marini's hands, Zoey and crew become desperate enough to turn to a demon for help finding the one person who can help Daniel. But when Marini gets his hands on not only the blood stone but also Zoey, everyone must make sacrifices and come together if they're going to win against Marini and the Vampire Council.
*This is a repost, but I've reread the book and changed the review some. If you've already commented, feel free to comment again! If you don't have anything new to say, no worries, I still appreciate your original comment!*
My review of Book 1 is basically a series review, so instead of repeating everything, I’m going to focus more on the things I liked about this particular book.
This book is a fantastic wrap-up to the whole Zoey/Daniel/Dev/overthrowing the Council part of the story (it was the end of the series, so you could definitely end here, but I don’t want to say it’s the end of their whole story since there’s a spin-off series in which these three are side characters).
But before I talk about all that, I would like a moment to talk about Marcus. I’ve controlled myself and waited until my review for the final book to really talk about him, and I can’t wait any longer.
As Marcus made his way down the aisles of detectives’ desks, every human in the room fell where they were standing. They were like puppets that had their strings cut.
“Fuck me,” Terry said, his eyes wide. “That’s a vampire.”
Yes, as Terry so eloquently put it, fuck me, that’s a vampire. I love that scene so much that I even wrote a poem about it that I have lovingly titled “Ode to Marcus.” *clears throat*:
Oh Marcus, my Marcus,
So much hidden badassery;
When you walked through that police station,
How I fell in love with thee.
My love for him as a character kind of sneaked up on me. He made brief appearances in most of the books, but he was always just a side character. I didn’t notice him that much. But then somehow, all the sudden, he was not only one of my favorite characters in this series but also one of my favorite characters ever. Which is why this whole review so far has been about him even though the book was not. And it seems like every time I reread, I notice some not-so-great things about him and think to myself, “Wait, why do I love him so much?” but then I remind myself that he’s a product of his time and of 2000 years of vampire society. Vampires have different laws and morals and lifestyles, and that makes sense. Marcus still seems like someone who treats his companions and partners well and someone who has a lot of depth, and he really was helpful to Daniel and Zoey. He’s not perfect, but I don’t like perfect, so that’s part of what makes him such a great character in the first place.
Anyway… all the rest of the characters! I should probably talk about them too! Like…
Zack, the wolf who annoyed me sometimes with how much of a kiss-ass he was but who would sacrifice his own life in an instant for Zoey or Daniel or Dev.
Lee, the scruffy, beer-drinking, nap-loving lone wolf who’s more wolf than man but who pushed aside his desire to roam in order to be there for his brother and then also for Zoey and even Neil.
Neil, the gay wolf who was shunned from his own pack but found a new pack with Zoey and her crew and who is the best, most loyal friend anyone could ask for.
Chad, the lawyer-turned-vampire-spy who feared for his own sanity and made you question whose side he was really on.
Sarah, the witch who made mistakes but who realized them and was there for her friend in the end.
Felix, the fallen angel who’s always the voice of guidance and reason and who may be a pacifist but would do anything to protect his wife.
Marcus, the vampire who is a product of his time and 2000 years of vampire society but who supported Daniel from the start and who really just wants to find a true love of his own.
Marini, the vampire who loved once and might have been a good man but who became unhinged and hardened by so many years of life and a loss he never got over.
Declan, the faery heir to the throne who may be an inappropriate jerk but who carries the heavy burden of a future king and who proved he’s capable of doing the right thing when it counts.
Dev, the faery prince who was shunned by his people because of his mortality and who felt expendable and wrapped up all his self worth in how well he could please people sexually but is fiercely protective of the new family he’s found.
Daniel, the vampire who felt like a monster after turning and becoming the Council’s death machine but who loves Zoey more than anything and whose biggest fear is that this new life of his will be the death of the people he cares about.
And Zoey, the human who never lets anything stop her, supernatural or otherwise, when it comes to those she loves.
*sigh* Can you tell I love this series and all the characters in it?
As for the rest of the book, it was on par with the rest of the series with all the same great things. This author did such a great a job with the depth of the characters, the emotions, the complex and touching relationships (including romance, friendship, family, and found family), the humor, the action, and the plot. This book was tense, intense, and filled with so much struggle for the characters. I felt so much for them.
Not only that, I’ve mentioned before that each book before this one had a somewhat self-contained plot, but that the overarching plot was being set up the whole time. And this book took all those details and things that were set in motion and brought them together in an amazing and natural way that gave a satisfying [semi-]ending to the story! I swear I appreciate the complexity of the plot more each time I read this series.
There’s nothing left to say that I haven’t said already. This series isn’t perfect, but my gosh, I just love it so, so much. It’s one of my absolute favorites, and I hope I never get tired of it because I plan to keep reading it over and over and over!
Fans of Books 1-4 in Lexi Blake's Thieves Series. Anyone who likes laugh-out-loud hilarity, heart-wrenching emotion, complex and flawed but still lovable characters, action, heists, sex, supernatural creatures (especially vampires), and lots of adorable relationships of all kinds.
More Books in the Series:
Book Review: Steal the Light (Thieves Book 1) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Steal the Day (Thieves Book 2) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Steal the Moon (Thieves Book 3) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Steal the Sun (Thieves Book 4) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Steal the Night (Thieves Book 5) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Ripper (Hunter: A Thieves Series Book 1) by Lexi Blake
Book Review: Addict (Hunter: A Thieves Series Book 2) by Lexi Blake
She was born to be a thief. To save the world, she will have to become a queen…
Zoey Donovan-Quinn is growing restless. After months of searching, her crew hasn’t been able to locate the resting place of the one man who could save Daniel. While they frantically continue their quest, Zoey is still struggling to recover from the devastating losses she suffered in Faery. In the midst of her grief and worry, Louis Marini appears and demands the Blood Stone he forced Zoey to steal. Zoey has no other choice than to hand it over.
When the giant ruby’s true nature is revealed, Zoey discovers she has given their greatest enemy a weapon of unimaginable power. Equipped with the Blood Stone, Marini intends to dominate the supernatural world and, on a more personal note, claim Zoey as his companion.
Desperate and on the run, Zoey, Dev, and Daniel forge an unlikely alliance with an old adversary who claims he can lead them to the wizard who can free Daniel from Marini’s clutches and help him claim his throne. As they race to solve a thousand-year-old mystery and gather their forces for the ultimate battle, Zoey prepares to do what she does best.
If Daniel and Dev are to have any hope of victory, she will have to do the unthinkable… surrender to Louis Marini and steal back the Blood Stone.