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.
"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)
Two great passions - dogs and books! Sci-fi/fantasy novels are my go-to favorites, but I love good writing across all genres.
I picked this book up on sale primarily because I love Luke Daniels as a narrator and from the plot summary and reviews I expected a light fantasy parody along the lines of The Princess Bride. Luke Daniels did not disappoint and his narration kept me listening to the end of this book, but I wasn't very excited about much else in The Spirit Thief. The book starts with tongue firmly in cheek and for the first few pages I was enjoying the tale. Unfortunately, the plot becomes something more serious than first indicated with a fair amount of violence and death, although the author continues with a rather breezy tone which started to rub me the wrong way. The plot is formulaic and the magic system is not well-developed, but the worst part of this tale is the central character, Eli Monpress. Monpress is supposed to be a talented, charming, thief. He is talented, he is a thief, he is NOT charming. The author does not give us any explanation for why a talented wizard is not only stealing, but is actually indifferent to who gets hurt by his exploits and is sometimes standing in the way of the forces of good. He has a few clever lines, but his tone came off more wise-acre than charming. Perhaps Rachel Aaron develops both the characters and the magic system more in the sequels, but I am not interested enough to find out.
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
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.
I very much liked the characters in this book, which is very important to me. The lead character is Eli Monpress, a lovable rogue with more tricks up his sleeve than you might imagine. As the title suggests, yes, he is a thief. But he is so much more. He lives life with a smile and he reminded me of Robin Hood in the beginning of the classic Errol Flynn movie:
Nobleman: "You speak treason!"
Robin (with a smile): "Fluently."
The story flows smoothly and the author does a great job of letting me see the movie in my head. The world is interesting and the source of magic is too.
The reader is great as Eli. And I never had trouble knowing which character was talking, which is a problem with the poor to mediocre readers.
After reading a few merely average (or less) books, it was really nice to read a good one again! I look forward to more Eli Monpress adventures.
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.
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.
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The good: A light-hearted fantasy set in an interesting magical world where everything, living and inanimate has a spirit, and certain people (magicians) can communicate with those spirits and get those spirits to act.
The not so good: The first half of the book had an extreme corny fairy tale vibe, Princes Bride without the adult humor. So much so that I almost put it down. The characters are not well developed.
The last third of the book picked up enough for me to consider continuing the series.
I'm always looking for new authors and book series. I bought this book because I absolutely loved Luke Daniels in the Iron Druid Chronicles. This book turned out to be a huge disappointment. At the halfway point, the story still couldn't keep my attention and I didn't care about any of the characters or what might happen next. I have absolutely no interest in finishing the book and will be asking for a refund.
Devourer of all books fantasy
I have had this book to read for quite sometime. This was a fun and light fantasy adventure read but left me feeling like something was missing. There are five books total in this series.
I listened to this on audiobook. It was narrated by Luke Daniels, who also narrates The Iron Druid Chronicles. He does a great job narrating these light-hearted books. But honestly it was a bit distracting because I kept thinking about the characters from the Iron Druid Chronicles, the voices he uses for characters in this book are very similar to the voices he uses for characters in that series.
This book follows two main characters. The first is a thief named Eli Monpress who has an uncanny ability to convince things to do what he wants them to do. He is determined to have the highest bounty ever recorded put on his head and has decided that kidnapping a King is the best way to hit that goal. The second character is a Spiritualist (a type of wizard that has spirit servants) named Miranda who is sent to capture Eli. When the King’s evil younger wizard brother (who is an Enslaver of spirits) steps onto the throne after the King’s kidnapping, Eli and Miranda find themselves in the uncomfortable situation of having to work together.
This was a fun and light fantasy novel. I really loved the idea of everything (even inanimate objects) having a spirit that certain wizards can communicate with. This was a creative idea that made for a number of interesting situations throughout the novel.
Eli Monpress is lighthearted and doesn’t ever take anything seriously. He also has a strange ability to make any spirit do what he wants just by asking. Not a lot is revealed about his past or his true goals. Eli remains a mystery throughout.
Miranda comes across as a very upstanding and noble character. She takes herself a bit too seriously and comes off as kind of immature and whiny at times. I grew to like her character over time, but she was somewhat annoying at the beginning of the book.
There are a number of side characters who read like sketches from a Dungeon and Dragons quest. You have a couple guys wielding magical swords, a young girl partially possessed by a demon, an evil wizard, and a giant magical dog. They were all interesting, but also lacked much depth. All of them have secrets and none of those secrets were revealed in this book.
So even though there was a lot of action, interesting magic, and some interesting characters I found this book to be lacking something. Everything was just very surfacey. The story was wrapped up too neatly. There isn’t a lot that really drives the story besides the whole banishing the evil wizard. It was just very light-hearted and fluffy. When I was done with the book I was kind of like “Eh, well okay what should I read next.”
Overall a fun light-hearted fantasy. This book has an interesting magic system and some intriguing characters but it missing some depth. I wasn’t really all that engaged with the characters or the world. I do kind of want to know more about Eli Monpress and his secrets, but that would be the only reason I keep reading this series. Right now I am unsure whether or not I will continue with this series.
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
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.
I like the scenes with the thief. The voice acting and dialog are fun.
Wished the book was better able to stand on its own but really feels like it is a setup for more books.
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.
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