This is the third book in the second series of The Noble Dead Saga by Barb Hendee and J. C. Hendee. This book continues the adventures of Chane and Wynn Hygeorth, a journeyor of the Guild of Sagecraft and he protector Mahayji named Shade. They have returned from the Dwarven city of Dhredze Seatt with some of what they sought. Wynn now has her journals but they paid a very high price to get them. They have also picked up another traveler as well, Ore-Locks, a Stonewalker and keeper of the dead who is also a descendant of one of the worst dwarves in their oral history. He wants to clear his ancestors name and knows that little Wynn and her peculiar friend will be able to help him.
Thief of Lives picks up just a few months after the end of the book Dhampir. The inn that they had to burn down to get rid of Rashed and Teesha has now been rebuilt but the city of Miiska has also lost its most profitable warehouse that the vampires had run. Leesil still feels guilty for letting Ratboy get away in the fight and tries to smother out the memory or at least come to terms with it by training himself every morning at the very spot where the fight with Ratboy took place. Both wounded each severely in that fight and Leesil has vowed to never let something like that happen to him again. On the other hand Magiere feels a terrible guilt that she could have killed Leesil when he offered his own blood to save her life. She can not forget the feeling of his life freely flowing into her and know that he would willingly give it all to her if she had need of it. She too has vowed that it would never happen again.