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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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.)
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Meet the Author

Rachel Aaron was born in Atlanta, GA. After a lovely, geeky childhood full of books and public television, and then an adolescence spent feeling awkward about it, she went to the University of Georgia to pursue English Literature with an eye towards getting her PhD. Upper division coursework cured her of this delusion, and she graduated in 2004 with a BA and a job, which was enough to make her mother happy. She currently lives in a 70s house-of-the-future in Athens, GA with her loving husband, overgrown library, and small, brown dog. Find out more about the author at www.rachelaaron.net.
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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    Bad boy, bad boy, whatcha gonna do?

    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!

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

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    What Fun!

    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!

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    This was a book series that I enjoyed, and then my middle school

    This was a book series that I enjoyed, and then my middle schooler devoured. Fun reading for the whole family.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

    Funny and Witty

    Well worth the read. You will want to read all the rest of the books in this series after this one.

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  • Posted March 3, 2011

    You will cheer for the thief over and over.

    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.

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