The Spirit Thief (Legend of Eli Monpress Series #1)

The Spirit Thief (Legend of Eli Monpress Series #1)

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by Rachel Aaron
     
 

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Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. And he's a thief.

But not just any thief. He's the greatest thief of the age - and he's also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he's going to put

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Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. And he's a thief.

But not just any thief. He's the greatest thief of the age - and he's also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he's going to put his plan into effect.

The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he'll need to steal some big things. But he'll start small for now. He'll just steal something that no one will miss - at least for a while.

Like a king.

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Publishers Weekly
After a slow start, debut author Aaron pulls the action together and turns in a romp of a lighthearted fantasy starring an absolutely darling rogue. Eli Monpress is a talented thief with a knack for persuasion and more than his fair share of looks and charisma, and his skill with magic makes him truly formidable. While trying to earn the title of the man with the biggest bounty on his head, Eli kidnaps the king of Mellinor, planning to let him go once the bounty goes up. Then the king's exiled brother pulls a fast one and takes over the kingdom, and Eli must make things right. Aaron's breezy style at times tends toward the farcical and absurd, which may not be what she intended but will keep humor-loving readers looking out for subsequent volumes in the planned trilogy. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780356500102
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Series:
Legend of Eli Monpress Series , #1
Pages:
356

Meet the Author

Rachel Aaron grew up wanting to be an author and a super villain. Unfortunately, super villainy proved surprisingly difficult to break into, so she stuck to writing and everything worked out great. She currently lives in Athens, GA with her perpetually energic toddler, extremely understanding husband, overflowing library, and obese wiener dog. You can find out more about Rachel and all her books at rachelaaron.net

Rachel also writes science fiction under the name Rachel Bach. Learn more about her latest triloy, The Paradox series, and read sample chapters for yourself at rachelbach.net!

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Spirit Thief (Legend of Eli Monpress Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
the thing that drew my attention to The Spirit Thief was the tagline: What he gets away with is criminal. Nothing like a clever tagline to get my curiosity going! :) And then, I was definitely hooked by the back cover summary. A thief who stole a king? Ridiculous yet genius. It has been so long (okay, since Blameless and Bewitched & Betrayed) since I've found a new fantasy series - and it has been never since I found one that releases the first 3 in the series in monthly succession! Not sure how Ms. Aaron accomplished this, but I am devouring the series as we speak. This is simply a mini-break to ring out the good news! Right from the start,The Spirit Thief is true to its promise of being good rollicking fun with a dash of magic and incredible wit. It reminded me of Vash The Stampede (for all you anime fans) rolled into Princess Bride (without the mushy parts, but the you-killed-my-father vibe) stamped with Pirates Of The Carribean (with the spirit of Jack Sparrow, but without actual pirates). Okay, maybe the PotC was a bit of a stretch, but Eli could totally give Jack a run for his money! I loved all the characters, and I cannot wait to find out more about them in the following books! Ms. Aaron has put together a diverse cast cloaked with loads of mysteries - who they are, where they came from, how they came to be together. A swordsman in possession of the greatest sword ever made, but absolutely refuses to use it. A demonseed on the brink of fully maturing into a demonic monster, but hidden from most of the world and somehow kept at bay by Eli and swordsman. A wizard who went through her schooling to understand magic, but totally gets stumped when Eli throws everything she has learned about magic out the window. A king who simply wants to go home. The king's exiled brother who seizes this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to steal a kingless kingdom and harbors a magic most powerfully evil. I am 200% glad that I decided to give The Spirit Thief a chance because it has far exceeded my expectations - and I am really glad that it lived up to its tagline! What Rachel Aaron has gotten away with is fantastic - and all you fans of Lisa Shearin who are itching for a new series to bide the time until Con & Conjure come out, make room for The Spirit Thief who may give the Benares family a run for their money!
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
This is a great new cheeky fantasy that should appeal to everyone sick of the same old stuff. It explores a different type of wizardry using very unique and interesting characters. This is shaping up to be a great series, indeed! If you liked the overall tone of the book, you might also like Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. For comparable great characters, try "Dragons of Autumn Twilight" by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman!
SciFiFan3 More than 1 year ago
This was a book series that I enjoyed, and then my middle schooler devoured. Fun reading for the whole family.
ZeroCleric More than 1 year ago
Well worth the read. You will want to read all the rest of the books in this series after this one.
Craig Metzger More than 1 year ago
Dont read these books if you play WOW, you'll stop playing until you read them all. You'll love all the characters, both good and bad. You are drawn into this new and richy described world, questing with Eli at a furious pace, then its over.....cause you read it too fast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very light hearted book that felt like disneys tangled meets Harry Potter. There was magic, a charming guy who might be good or bad, and an overall teen vibe to the whole book. Nothing really bad or sexual happened. I would give this 5 starsS a children's book or maybe YA. However, as an adult, it came off a little childish. Other than that, it was pretty good. I don't have any current plans to read the rest of the series, but I don't feell like I wasted my time.
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