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)
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. :)
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.
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!
someone to rescue them? Luke Daniels makes it okay to listen to. just an ok read.
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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 liked the book, my 17 year old liked it and my 11 year old just finished it and can't wait for book two. So nice to have a book that we can all enjoy and talk about. The narrator was great with the various voices.
Enjoyable but simplistic. Has potential. Good family listen. Main character is fun. I enjoyed it but didn't find the story deeply engaging. Liked Riyria much better.
Luke Daniels is perfect for this series. I may need to listen again to the last bit to keep straight all the characters fates.
Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule
A pretty toothless story... Less than mediocre... There was some good humor and whimsy, but nearly depthless characters, forced/immature dialogue, and nothing to speak of in the way of reaching and grabbing the reader... The narrator saved what would have been a total loss... Bought it on sale, and am glad because woulda have hated to have spent a credit on this...
i enjoyed the story and the characters. Fun and easy entertainment. if I can get the next episode i will.
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