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!
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
I had this in my wishlist for a long time and when I ran out of other options, I finally purchased this book. So glad I did. I'm on book 5 now and wanted to make sure I came back to book 1 to let you know this is a good series. The characters are a bit typical, (feisty thief, manly swordsman, mysterious sidekick) but enjoyable none the less, and the story is entertaining. The setting is unique and I've enjoyed it very much. If you're in the "I need a new series and don't know what to get' mode... you've found a good one, worth each credit. (though a few of the books in the middle were on sale and less than the cost of a credit,so I bought them outright and saved my credit for later). So: enjoyable, entertaining, a good listen.
Good narrator, got the book because of him
I don't even remember any characters. This was not enjoyable. The author did not write any of the characters for the listener to like.
I waited to long to listen to this book and now I can't return it. I couldn't finish it
I'm listening to this again because the last 2 books in the series have recently been released and I felt I needed a refresher as to what was going on in the series so far. I meant to just skip through it quickly and get on to the next ones, but it's such a delightfully fun listen that I found myself not wanting to just get on with it, but to relax, listen and enjoy. In my book, that's what makes a 5-star.
I believe this is an excellent book, funny, interesting, exciting and full of surprises. For me Eli will be the next Harry Potter, can't wait to see the movies!
The story ended alright...It got better towards the end at least. The magic system is left very loosely defined, so pretty much any new rabbit can be pulled from a hat at any time. Luke Daniels performances are usually better than this as well.
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