Eli Monpress is vain. He's cocky. And he's a thief. But he's a thief who has just seen his bounty topped, and he's not happy about it. The bounty topper, as it turns out, is his best friend, bodyguard, and master swordsman, Josef, who has been keeping secrets from Eli. Apparently he's the only prince of a rather feisty country, and his mother (a formidable queen who is every bit as driven and stubborn as he is) wants him to come home and do his duty, which means throwing over personal ambitions, such as proving he's the greatest swordsman who ever lived.
Family drama aside, Eli and Josef have their hands full. The Spirit Court has been usurped by the Council of Thrones, and someone calling herself the Immortal Empress is staging a massive invasion. But it's not just politics--the Immortal Empress has a specific target in mind: Eli Monpress, the greatest thief in the world.
©2012 Rachel Aaron (P)2015 Tantor
This is the 4th book of a good series, I have enjoyed listening to Luke Daniels...The info states narrated by Luke Daniels, however, either it is a misprint or he has had a voice change. Disappointing
Best book of the series yet, marred only by a baffling choice of the narrator to suddenly use a different reading voice for the primary narration (much deeper, ponderously slow, and slightly twangy), and different voices for some of the main characters. Got used to it after a few hours, and after increasing the playback speed to 1.20x. Like once of the other reviewers, I at first thought a completely different person was reading, and found the new voice really unpleasant and hard to listen to. Later on in the book, Luke starts to sound more like his old self from Books 1-3, and I was able to decrease the playback speed to 1.10x.
Megh the Book Devourer
When I first started reading this series I thought there was no way the reviews could be right about their quality. I was wrong. This series somehow just gets better as it goes on. The plot is awesome, character development amazing and the narration of this series can't be beat. Love it. On to the next one!
No spoilers, except that finally we learn who Eli really is, how Joseph becomes the best swordsman and who he really is. great fights. great drama. Excellent book!
This book was more compelling to me than the last one. It has the same familiar characters but its emphasis is on some of the characters that were more minor in previous books. Not that Eli is ignored or a minor character. You'll get plenty of his pleasant ebullience in this one too.
You learn more of their backstories and you get to see some of them develop. And you like them all. (If you have read some of my other reviews , you'll know that I need to like at least some of the characters or I just cannot enjoy the book. That can include the villains. You can like the character and still think he is evil, even unspeakably so.)
You will learn some very surprising things about some of the characters. I like being able to think of them now in more 3-dimensional terms.
I like the way that Luke Daniels portrays the characters. He really brings them to life. And he isn't afraid to use a very unusual voice when the character is, for instance, a water or wind spirit.
I wasn't sure I was going to like these books as much as the previous ones but the author really expands the universe this time. That feels just fine!
Good story and narration. I could not wait to get the next in the series. This answered a number of questions but left me wanting answers to the rest.
The seemingly one dimensional main characters still lets this series down. I had hope, because the secondary and side characters felt real, where as the single virtue embodiment of the main characters gets old. Maybe it's intentional, however, the lack of growth or adaptation lets it down in my opinion. Every situation is approached the same way by the same character. Despite the life treating consequences faced no one seems to learn anything.
Now that I think about it, it is not the life altering battles that annoy me, it's the day to day description that loose it. A prince that can't act at least a little civilised and still be portrayed as a murdering bastered is I think what looses it for me. The author goes too far with the uncompromising state of each main character that you can no longer identify with them. A swordsman who has the determination and dedication to be the best surely would learn in the process of fighting a few skills he could apply to life.
Not like any of the other books, way to many things going on for such a short book. Also way to much fluff and adding of charaters that in the big sceme of things dont matter.
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