As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons....
The greatest military leader of his time. The most talented code breaker her people have. Sworn enemies....
King Boric the Implacable knows death comes to all great warriors. He just didn't expect it to be so damn fickle....
Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one....
Surviving 60,000 years takes cunning and more than a little luck....
Professional heroes kill and loot deadly monsters every day, but Gorm Ingerson's latest quest will be anything but business as usual....
Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with his human, ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, but they stumble across a murder upon arrival at the station....
Some say that in the city of Orlyn, godhood is on sale to the highest bidder. Thousands flock to the city each year, hoping for a chance at immortality....
Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of three characters intertwine....
The ancient gods are alive and well in the modern world in this hilarious, action-packed collection of original short stories featuring Atticus O'Sullivan....
Arthur Curie never expected to wind up in Hell. At least, not because he found an ancient sword in a pawnshop....
For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems....
Maia and her family raise dragons for the political war machine. As she comes of age, she anticipates a dragon of her own to add to the stable of breeding parents. Her peaceful life is shattered....
A young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows....
Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall....
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm....
Like most normal people, Ben hadn't the faintest idea there was an Institute of Magic....
The world of Dematr had been locked unchanging for centuries by the Great Guilds, most people living in a world of oil lamps, crossbows, and horse cavalry....
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.
This is the first book in a series and IMO, it is the weakest of the three. That said, this is a charming fantasy that introduces really entertaining and endearing characters and a really interesting system of magic. Because of that, and because I wouldn't want a first novel to turn people off of the series as a whole (which gets better and better with each book) I am still giving the story four stars for this review.
Basically everything is the world is imbued with a certain amount of 'spirit' or self-awareness and power. Most little spirits are asleep most of the time and owe a sort of allegiance to greater spirits who correspond to different elements such as Air/Winds, Earth/Mountains, Water/Rivers, Fire/Volcanoes, etc.
There are wizards who make deals to align with certain spirits to carry them around in rings on their fingers, making friendships and trading their protection for the ability to call on the spirits' powers when needed. These 'Spiritualists' also protect the spirit world and try to make sure that the spirits aren't being misused or taken advantage of.
Into this comes a Thief, Eli Monpress, who is determained to have the highest bounty ever taken placed on his head. He has a secret ability that helps him in his work that is explained during the book and is basically your charming rogue character- but he is REALLY charming and fun to listen to.
He travels with a swordsman who carries an 'awakened blade'- a self- aware sword that is unstoppable when it is in tune with its wielder. The swordsman, Johan, also has a mysterious young girl as a companion. She wears a huge magical coat and and manacles.
A young Spiritualist, Miranda Lyonette, who is talented and takes her work VERY seriously, is dispatched when the Spiritualist Court learns that Monpress has kidnapped the king of a country that doesn't even believe in magic. She rides off on her companion Ghosthound Gin (think sort of like the dragon in the Neverending Story- you totally want one, you know you do!) and they ride off to apprehend Monpress.
But things are much worse than either group bargains for and the Thief and the Spiritualist end up forming an uneasy alliance. One thing I particularly enjoyed is that the author stays away from any cliched romance and really is interested in developing each character as a person.
When you throw in things like an all-powerful demon trapped under a mountain, a mercurial Lady who seems to be the mystical protector of the world with an unhealthy interest in Eli Monpress, an eerie 'League of Storms' who have the job of hunting down smaller demon seeds which have escaped into the world, a bunch of panicked and mostly useless courtiers and a resourceful librarian- this story goes from action to farce to magic to combat and back very comfortably and I had a fun time following it.
I like heavy-duty real, gritty, violent fantasy very much. But after some George RR Martin or Joe Abercrombie, these books are really refreshing! Well written and the characters and world only get more interesting as the books go on. These are clever, and the combat scenes, while less gory than the authors I just mentioned, are well thought out and suspenseful. I've read all the books so far in the series and will be getting the others from Audible too. My 12 year old son is listening to this book now and also really enjoying it.
34 of 35 people found this review helpful
First thing I did after listening to this book was look for the sequel. I admit I'm not a fantasy connoisseur, as this genre is for me a bit of a guilty pleasure. But this story was quite amazing in my view. Eli is a wonderfully built character with a lot of humor, I loved Gin, the massive Ghost Hound, I loved Miranda... It all kept me gasping for air, not wanting to go to sleep and basically wishing those 8 something hours would not finish.
The narration is also very good, fluid and with a little role-play, just the way I like it. Kudos on the book!
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
The story was an interesting concept of a thief who is also a magic user, who is out to raise his bounty, nothing else. He generally seems like a nice enough guy, though there are points where is just wishy washy between good guy and callous jerk.
I enjoyed the concept and l where it looks like the story is headed. This is the first book of a trilogy, so I understand not explaining everything write a way. You want to dangle hints to make readers go deeper into the next books. However in this particular series I feel like EVERYTHING was left dangling and nothing was explained. Even about the world.
The world issues: Magic - there is spirit magic, where the mages work with the spirit of everything. Okay got it. They can't really use the human spirit and why isn't really explained in fact all you know if that they can talk to spirits, make deals with them, ask them to do stuff, or in some cases forcibly control them, and that is just plain wrong. that's it that is all you know about the magic in the world, until along comes another organization that is also mages but use a different type of magic or use spirits differently, or something. Its not really explained expect they are not huge fans of the spiritualist and the feeling is mutual.
Main character issues: He's mage, a spiritualist, But I guess was never trained as one? He's a thief, and apparently the greatest thief ever, but why he is a thief, or how he got his reputation, not really sure. He is stealing things to increase the bounty on his head, that's it. That's all he wants, but why? You can guess but its never explained. He has 3 odd companions (we'll get to their issues in a moment) but why they are together, where the loyalty between the three of them is coming from, is left completely open and it is a fairly strong loyalty.
Companion characters issues: Booth the Thief's and the main Spiritualist have companions, the thief has two. Both with VERY potent secrets of their own, which you do learn, (YAY information) some of them. But what you don't learn ANYTHING about is how these 3 ended up together, and why the bond between them is so strong, there is definitely a story there, you get hints at the very end about it, but nothing more, nothing to make you invest in any of them. The Spiritualist has a dog (ish) a very large, intelligent beast, with its own powers. A loyal companion as dogs are. except he is not a dog, and I venture to guess even more powerful then she is, yet she is his master and his loyalty complete, he will die for her and his faith in here is beyond that of servant to master. He is her companion for a reason, you can tell that and you figure out toward the end its by his choice. But what happened to her, or what is she, or what did she do for him to earn that, nothing is mentioned.
Perhaps all of these will be addressed in the next two books, but book one, which should hook you, left me with nothing to grip on the characters except questions, and I HATE series that drag you along and reveal everything at the very end, I like my information spread out or at least enough hints to make me WANT to delve in, there is nothing here to get me invested in the story besides the fact it could be a really great concept if fleshed out.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
But I probably wouldn't have read all three books if it hadn't been for his performance. Story was so so and it was hard to get invested in the lead characters
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up The Spirit Thief in three words, what would they be?
Entertaining, Enjoyable, Enticing
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spirit Thief?
When just what makes Eli special was revealed.
Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Luke Daniel's is why I chose this audio book. He's an exceptional narrator who brings life and nuances to a story while keeping the listener entertained. His trained voice contains such frolic and levity that its a sure bet the author's story will be well received.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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.
17 of 21 people found this review helpful
This is a light, quick, easy read. Nothing too deep, yet nothing was missing. It's unusual to find a fantasy story that feels fully fleshed out in less than 30 hours of listening, but this one does!
There's a quirky thief and his entourage, a go-getter of a thief catcher and companion, a bounty hunter, and a royal family all tangled up in one big mess representing... two? Three? Four different sides? Wait, who's on which side? No romance at all, but magic, action, and mayhem.
The narrator did a great job juggling a bunch of very different characters. He was an excellent choice for this story!
13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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.
12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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...
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I'm big into fantasy sci-fi and I play World of Warcraft. I found this book very amusing and original. I mainly listen to audiobooks whilst I quest in WoW and its a great listen. I recommend it.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to The Spirit Thief again? Why?
No, the only thing that kept me going with this book was wanting to find out how it ended.
What other book might you compare The Spirit Thief to, and why?
I've not listened to anything like this for a while. It seems like it's aimed at a younger audience.
Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?
No, I will be avoiding his narration. There only seemed to be 3 different voices that he used for different characters (there were more than 3 characters in the book). There was the normal voice, the "standing so far away from the microphone that I couldn't hear him" voice and the big monstrous creature voice created by cupping his hands over his mouth.<br/><br/>If the rest of the series was voiced by someone else, I might finish the series one day but sadly that will not happen.
Any additional comments?
My opinion may have been spoilt by listening to the spectacular Lies of Locke Lamora just before this which is a pretty good book with the greatest voice acting I've ever heard.
Having very much enjoyed Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers series, I gave this book a try. Unfortunately, I did not find Eli Monpress very charming nor was I particularly enamoured with the plot. The magic aspects were interesting but I'm not continuing to book two.