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The Spirit Thief | [Rachel Aaron]

The Spirit Thief

He's 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 with somethingsmall. Something like a king....
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Publisher's Summary

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. He’ll just steal something that no one will miss - at least for a while.

Something like a king.

©2010 Rachel Aaron (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Think about this 12-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow to appeal, but enjoyed by last half"

    This story starts out, and remains somewhat of a corny fairy tale type story. Not the usual dark paranormal reads that I prefer. It took me a while to enjoy this book, but as I listened on, the developing characters became more interesting. Kinda reminded me of some of the on-screen movies I've seen lately, that have comic book heroes and villains, where the bad guys meet their demise, but it's not too scary and you're never really worried for the main characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Autum Hemet, CA, United States 12-15-11
    Autum Hemet, CA, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Pleasantly Suprised"

    I really like the narrator, Luke Daniels so I gave this audio book a chance. I was pleasantly surprised by the story. The rebellious characters caught my attention and I become very interested in what happened next. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this story and became attached to the the thief and his motley crew.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Powell, WY, United States 03-25-11
    Chris Powell, WY, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2007

    Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.

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    "Awesome female written fantsy."

    I normally don't care for women written fantasies, but after getting hooked on the preview audio clip and the book being on sale, I decided to give this chance. She has written an unique magic system does not need grand details to work, simple but elegant. She develops the characters quickly and each are memorable. There are some good actions scenes, but with a PG13 feel. Some of the dialog and some scenes do feel forced or contrived, though. No cursing, no romance. The plot could have been a little stronger, but it works well. There is a little bit of politics, mystery, and intrigue thrown in for good measure. Good for people of all ages. I feel she is on par with Brandon Sanderson's early works, but a bit less gritty. Any flaws in this book are certainly out weighted by the characters and story. Narration is okay, but not great. He does some voices great and others so-so. His pitch and tone can be somewhat erratic. I highly recommend this book to fill the gaps between whatever other books you maybe waiting for. I will be getting the rest of the series. I hope Rachel Aaron continues to grow as a fantasy writer, she seems to get it.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Van Slyke Antioch, CA United States 08-22-14
    Laura Van Slyke Antioch, CA United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Potential, but falls short."

    There are some fun bits here. Interesting world of magic with rules I haven't seen before. The story is somewhat lighthearted, with some fairly descriptive "evil" parts that might make young listeners uncomfortable. The climax is underwhelming and yet goes on and on and on and on....and on.

    Helpful tip: for those of you who like one story per book, be warned that this book gives only a small amount of closure to the story. Here we have another attempt at a series that should really be just one book. After investing your time in this tale, you may feel a bit cheated. Don't read unless you want to pay-as-you go for your storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oshkosh, WI 01-08-14
    Amazon Customer Oshkosh, WI 01-08-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Story and characters are interesting so far"
    Would you listen to The Spirit Thief again? Why?

    So far no this book serves as an intro to the world and characters. It left me wanting to know more about them but the under lying story isn't complex or worth a 2nd listen to me right now


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The villain was flat and predictable. The main cast was interesting but incomplete lots left for future. I hope the rest of the series pays off.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scenes with the thief. The voice acting and dialog are fun.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Wished the book was better able to stand on its own but really feels like it is a setup for more books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sarah 05-14-12
    sarah 05-14-12
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    "Interesting world and characters"
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    I really enjoyed the book overall. The voices were done well and kept the character identities defined. The only aspect that kept me from loving the book was the lack of a fully formed world. The author tosses out tiny bits of back story and some basic information as to how this world and its magic works... but not enough for me. At some points it only left me with more questions. Not everyone is a stickler for that amount of world detail though and most probably wouldn't be bothered by it. I grew fond of the characters and what happened to them mattered to me. If there were sequels, I would be definitely add them to my reading list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Germantown, TN, United States 03-15-12
    Carolyn Germantown, TN, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great start to a new series"

    This thoroughly enjoyable story was satisfying in itself and only made more so by knowing that there is more to come.The narration is excellent which, in itself, goes a long way towards making a great audiobook. Since the author chose to skip throwing in gratuitous sex and violence to divert the reader's attention away from her storytelling abilities, the use of the language and the development of the characters and plot have to carry the full weight of the book. As it turns out, that is not a problem for this author. I will be downloading the second and third volumes tonight and hope that there will be more to follow soon.

    Long live Eli Monpress.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oren Langley, BC, Canada 11-29-11
    Oren Langley, BC, Canada 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The full series is very good."

    The first book is good but the characters are better explored in the next two. All of them are well narrated and tie in nicely together.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-16-13
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 12-16-13 Member Since 2004

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Good Early Novel"

    Overall I wanted to like this novel. Eli Moonpress is an interest character; the magic in this world has it's flavor and does not come out sounding too much like a video game or another cookie cut system; Luke Daniels does a lives jobs of reading. The story line is good.

    The problem with the novel is that other then Eli the other characters felt to me very flat and unformed. They did not really seem to be anything other then dialog and a reason to change perspective. They we robbed of desire or personal motivation other then blunt and clear one surface one.

    It's not bad is just feels like a early novel where someone has mastered the art of creating characters who are real.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha Redland Bay, Australia 03-22-12
    Trisha Redland Bay, Australia 03-22-12
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    "Wish I could give it more stars!"

    Unbelievably good. I'm so glad I found this series. There wasn't one thing about this story that I didn't like (and that's rare!). Luke Daniels is an amazing narrator. I bought the other two in the series as soon as I finished this one. Brilliant!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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