Thomas makes his first appearance in Grave Peril, and is in every subsequent novel except for Summer Knight. He is also in the shortstory It's My Birthday Too, and is the narrator of the novelette Backup.
Early life Edit
His birthday is on Valentine's Day.
Thomas Raith is the son of White Court vampire Lord Raith and human wizard Margaret Gwendolyn LeFay. His mother left when he was about five; she had another son, Thomas' half-brother Harry Dresden. Thomas has seven other half-siblings on his father's side: Lara, Inari, Elisa, Natalia, and three others, one of whom is allegedly insane and kept "in the attic."  He also has several cousins, including Madeline and Madrigal.
In Backup: A Story of the Dresden Files , it was revealed that he was one of the Venatori. It is also revealed that Thomas can perform some basic magic, like a tracking spell. However, he is a poor spellcaster to the extent that it takes several moments to cast a tracking spell.
During the series Edit
During the events of Grave Peril, Thomas met Harry Dresden for the first time, at Bianca's Ball, during which he stayed with Harry and Michael Carpenter, Knight of the Cross, in order to stay alive. Later, he helps them rescue Justine and Susan.
In Death Masks, Thomas acts as a second for the duel with Duke Ortega and was secretly conspiring with Susan and Martin. He had been pushed into it by his father, Lord Raith in an attempt to do away with him.
Blood Rites opens with Thomas getting Harry involved in Arturo Genosa's Evil Eye curse. Blood Rites marks a turning point in Thomas's role from being simply a recurring character to a leading "side-kick": it is the book where Thomas tells Harry that they have the same mother and they soulgaze. Thomas blocks an attack by his father to kill him. And, Harry rescues Thomas out of the Deeps from a ritual sacrifice by Lord Raith who was attempting to use the Malocchio Entropy curse to kill both of Margaret LeFay's sons and end her Death Curse on him. In the end, he gets thrown out of the Raith household, and ends up living with Harry, rent free, in exchange for paying off Kincaid's bill.
Dead Beat opens with Harry being quite irrate at Thomas's inability to hold down a job, and his constant need to bring girls over to the house, and live like a slob. Thomas helps defend against Grevane's zombie invasion at Harry's house, and helps protect Butters throughout most of the book, despite his migivings about him.
In Proven Guilty, Thomas gets a job, gets his own apartment, and moves out. This is because he doesn't want Harry getting in trouble with the White Council for being friends with a vampire, since Harry's a Warden now. He reveals that he started feeding more heavily again after he joined the Erlking's Wild Hunt in Dead Beat. Harry is very worried about him. He saves Harry from being sold on e-bay by Madrigal, and goes to help rescue Molly at Arctis Tor.
In White Night, he doesn't physically appear until about halfway through the book, but is mentioned a lot. He's a murder suspect in the killings of the practitioners, but it turns out that he'd been rescuing them and shuttling them to a safe-house on an island with the Water Beetle.Thomas is part of a team that enters the Deeps from the Nevernever to fight with Harry agianst an attempted coup by Houses Skavis and Malvora and the Ghouls that Vittorio Malvora let in along with Cowl. Harry continues to worry about him, and follows him at the end of the book. It turns out that he's feeding so well because he's taking very tiny bites out of his clients; he owns his own shop, where he pretends to be a gay French hairdresser. He was just too embarrassed to tell Harry.
In Small Favor, with his secret out of the way, he stops avoiding Harry, and the two seem to rekindle that awesome brotherly bond that they share. Thomas totally had Harry's back when Torelli and thugs tried a coup at Executive Priority while Harry was there and saved him from being shot. Thomas helps in the first Denarian fight against Tessa, saving Gard and Hendricks. He appears in most of the book though has to stay low since Luccio's in town. Later, he saves Harry from the Denarians at Demonreach.
In Turn Coat, Thomas takes Harry to Zero to meet Justine for information. She gives Harry a copy of a Craig's List wanted poster on Morgan intended to draw every supernatural hitman out to kill him. While there, Madeline shows up and threatens Justine. Thomas beats and pins her to a table with chopsticks, has Justine kiss her burning her forehead.
In Turn Coat, he's kidnapped by the Naagloshii. Thomas is repeatedly tortured by the Naagloshii until he is barely alive, then fed a succession of young women, thus being forced to indulge his hunger multiple times. After Harry rescues him, Thomas starts hanging out with his sister Lara more, and feeding very heavily again. He says he has finally accepted who he is and will not go back.
In Changes, he meets Harry at Rudolph's house. Harry tell him that he's an uncle, that Arianna Ortega of the Red Court has his daughter, Maggie, and plans to use her in a Bloodline Curse that will kill her entire family, including Thomas as Harry's brother. He asks for Thomas's help in getting information on Chichen Itza's security and defensive magic, sightings of a little girl surrounded by Reds. Thomas suggest asking Lara for help, she may not help Harry so much as want to save him, her brother. And she's gifted at removing obstacles. The House they are at is where Rudolph lives. He's been coerced into helping whoever is trying to stop Harry. He hopes to nab his handler or cleaner to gather what information he can.  Thomas, Mouse, Harry and Molly do battle with and Ik'k'uox at Rudolph's house.
In Changes, he helps to rescue Maggie. He joins Harry's team and is at the planning meeting at St. Mary of the Angels. The team: Sanya, Susan, Molly, Mouse, Martin, Thomas, Murphy, Harry, Lea—that's nine like the Fellowship.  He goes with them though the Ways to Chichen Itza and battles heroically against the Reds. He stands guard over Molly in the heat of battle when she's wounded on the ground. He left on a Navy helicopter with Molly and Mouse.
In Ghost Story, we only see him for one scene near the end. He looks awful, he's stopped taking care of himself, and started drinking at a failed attempt to cope with the loss and guilt of Harry's death. Justine decided to drop her protection by sleeping with another woman, so that she could comfort him as many times as necessary.
He has grey or blue-grey eyes, although they change color sometimes because of his vampire status. White Court Vampires retain a natural color while they are not Hungry, and lighten to grey, silver, chrome and white consecutively as the Hunger demon gains more influence. His hair is shoulder-length (though he cuts it after it gets burned by a flaming arrow in Small Favor) curly, and black. He has very white teeth and a good build.
Harry describes him as "a predator angel", "unwholesomely good-looking", "awfully pretty to look at", "like someone's painting of the forgotten Greek god of body cologne", "the high priest of Bowflex", "a young man whom fathers of teenage daughters would shoot on sight". "[He] made all those Spartans in that movie look like slackers, and he didn’t even use an airbrush."
Personality / About Edit
He is initially portrayed as very flippant and seemingly arrogant, even swearing by "my towering ego" and acting in a rather flaky manner. He seems to like Harry from the very moment he meets him and was there to help him from the start, already knowing that his mother had another son.He's a good liar and consummate actor.
It's gradually revealed that Thomas is a deeper, more caring person than he wants to reveal. His flaky attitude turns out to have a purpose—all his vampire brothers have been murdered by their father, and he risks putting his lover Justine in danger if he shows more than passing affection for her, as well as a wish to be underestimated by his enemies.
In the case of others, especially ones who are a danger to his loved ones, he can be rather brutally blunt, even downright callous, such as describing Butters as a coward and advising Harry that the nervous coroner would only endanger him.
Thomas has a sense of humor and irony about his situation and crazy family. He does, however, experience guilt over his incubic nature, and tries to minimize the damage he causes—perhaps the legacy of his late mother. Like his brother, he is a monogamist at heart, and tries to keep his seductiveness in check.
His dislikes include Red Court vampires, unnecessary clothing (i.e. shirts, shoes) when indoors, polka music, secrets (that he isn't in on), and his father. He is also a massive slob: he lives almost exclusively on beer and microwave meals, and leaves the private rooms of his chic apartment an undecorated mess.
Thomas's approach to any given combat is with a maximum of power, speed, and agressive ferocity.
In Changes, aside from an incident where he tries to eat Molly, and quite a bit less of his typical joking manner, his personality seems to be fairly similar to past books. He seems to be readily willing to help Harry, even before he knows that the curse will kill him too. This probably indicates that he's not fully on the "dark side." Though he is indisputably more entrenched in White Court politics with his sister.
Abilities / Weaknesses / Hunger Edit
Thomas is faster and stronger than a normal human. His kind age slowly, if at all. He can heal from almost anything short of actual death, as long as he keeps his Hunger demon fed.
His Hunger is described in Backup as being stronger than any Raith's but Lara's once Lord Raith had been crippled by Margaret LeFay's death curse. With the deaths of senior Lords in White Night, his ranking in raw power across the whole court has been increased. The battle against his Hunger is a constant struggle for Thomas, and not one that he always wins.
He's a good swordfighter and a decent marksman.
Like all of the Raiths who feed on lust, he is burned by the touch of one who has the mark of true love on them, or touching objects embedded with love (such as wedding rings).
Raith Family Edit
His father, Lord Raith, murders his own sons before they get ideas of knocking him off or out of power.
He hates his father and his psychotic cousins, which is understandable as they seem to regularily try to kill him. He seems to have a decent relationship with Lara, though she's manipulative and emotionally distant. He is fiercely loving and protective of his baby sister, Inari.
Brother Harry Edit
He is especially close to Harry himself, often confessing things to him that he wouldn't tell others. Ever since the two have found themselves half-brothers they have become quickly close. Thomas often refers to Harry as 'little brother' or just 'brother'. He seems keen to keep a close connection to Harry and the feeling seems to be mutual due to a lack of proper family for both. Thomas often gives Harry advice on things, though mostly encouraging him to get over Susan and ask Murphy out. Though they both annoy each other, they both have a genuine affection for each other and seem to understand each other well.
He almost kills her in Blood Rites, but manages to stop at the last possible moment, despite the seeming impossiblity. She is weak for awhile, but eventually recovers when she should have died. However, this causes her to have the mark of true love on her, and Thomas can no longer touch her directly without burning himself. Harry sees this as very tragic.
In Turn Coat, Thomas and Harry meet Justine at Zero. Thomas drops to his knees at her feet and wraps his arms around her waist while she wound her arms around his neck. They embrace and hold each other a long time with justine dressed in a flattering white rubber outfit that protects Thomas from getting burned by touching any part of her. Harry thinks the irony of their relationship is like a "kick in the balls". 
According to Jim:Edit
- "Thomas and Justine's relationship is really weird. I know what the relationship is in my head like right now. They're actually happier now than they've been in ever. But it's all happening behind the scenes and nobody can see because Thomas has to have his bad ass vampire face on whenever he's in public. But when they are alone together, nothing else going on, they're like totally cute. Justine wears like these grownup version of footie pajamas so that she can snuggle up next to him on the couch and watch TV without actually burning him. They don't have like a normal relationship or anything like one, but they've kinda adjusted, their fairly happy. You don't go around letting the other vampires go "Oh how cute." I'll have to get to that one of these days, Harry doesn't see that."
Who Knows about Thomas, When and How Edit
At the end of Blood Rites, his sister, Lara Raith, picks up that there's more to the relationship between Harry and Thomas. When Harry points out that Thomas's mother was Margaret LeFay, she puts it together that they are brothers. Then Lara says to Harry that they are much alike and: "Thomas would sooner tear off one of his arms than see one of his siblings hurt. He's quite irrational about it." 
In Turn Coat, Anastasia Luccio puts two and two together based on what Justine said to Harry about Thomas loving him and worrying about what Harry thinks of him, of being worthy, and almost saying the word brother before Harry cuts her off. She knew Harry's mother.
He owned and worked at a small boutique-and-coffee shop, the Coiffure Cup. It's unknown whether he still has it after Turn Coat.
WEAPONS: He uses a Desert Eagle pistol, a sawed-off double barrelled shotgun, a U.S. Cavalry saber, and a kukri (a bent-bladed knife) on a regular basis. The kukri is a "new toy" Thomas has become fond of.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Blood Rites, ch. 21
- ↑ http://www.bittenbybooks.com/45367/author-jim-butcher-guest-appearance-qa-and-contest-live-here/
- ↑ Death Masks, ch. 17
- ↑ Death Masks, ch. 29
- ↑ Death Masks, ch. 30
- ↑ Death Masks, ch. 18
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Blood Rites, ch. 34
- ↑ Blood Rites, ch. 40-41
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Blood Rites, ch. 42
- ↑ Dead Beat, ch. 1
- ↑ Dead Beat, ch. 22-23
- ↑ White Night, ch. 19
- ↑ White Night, ch. 20
- ↑ White Night, ch. 39
- ↑ White Night, ch. 43
- ↑ Small Favor, ch. 8-11 and on
- ↑ Small Favor, ch.11 and on
- ↑ Small Favor, ch.13
- ↑ Small Favor, ch.43
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Blood Rites, ch. 8
- ↑ 21.0 21.1 21.2 Turn Coat, ch. 28
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Changes, ch. 24
- ↑ Changes, ch. 25
- ↑ Changes, ch. 39
- ↑ Turn Coat, ch. 40–48
- ↑ Turn Coat, ch. 47
- ↑ Turn Coat, ch. 49
- ↑ Jim Butcher 2009 Independence Signing
- ↑ Small Favor, ch. 17
- ↑ Turn Coat, ch. 27
- ↑ 31.0 31.1 Blood Rites, ch. 36
- ↑ 32.0 32.1 Turn Coat, ch. 8
- ↑ Turn Coat, ch. 12
- ↑ Small Favor, ch. 8
- ↑ Turn Coat, ch. 3
See Also Edit
The Nine that go the Chichen ItzaEdit
- Harry Dresden
- Karrin Murphy
- Thomas Raith
- Molly Carpenter
- Susan Rodriguez
Quotes By and About Thomas Raith - Goodreads
Thomas Raith - Wikidot
Thomas Raith - SucuWiki