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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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The full series is very good.

The first book is good but the characters are better explored in the next two. All of them are well narrated and tie in nicely together.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Lighthearted and fun!

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good Early Novel

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.

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Wish I could give it more stars!

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!

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Great Read

Such a good book with a fun story. Fun to listen, keeps you guessing. The characters are awesome.

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wasn't sure

i wasn't sure i liked it but i finished the book went to the second and fell in love with the story and the characters and the voice of it all when i got done with all 5 i went back to this one and liked it better the second time around

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Great narration of a so-so book

What did you like best about The Spirit Thief? What did you like least?

Interesting world, has some potential. The writing is pretty weak, thin characters, and every moment one of huge drama, involving ever more over-the-top new players. More a setup for a series (tons of partly told stories) than an interesting freestanding story in itself.

Has The Spirit Thief turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I've read plenty of good books in this genre and will again.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great voices, pacing, humor. He brings more than the text provides.

Do you think The Spirit Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Well, it clearly has a world that's a lot bigger than we got to here -- we solved the starting problem, but we don't know what will happen to most of the characters, given the striking changes in their states in the course of this story. And some are being chased by big forces, you don't know who to root for... Could be interesting if somebody else wrote it.

Any additional comments?

It's not the worst book I've read, but there's no way I'm going back for more.

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griping adventure

I read the books years ago and I remembered that I liked them.
well I happen to be on a 2 week camping trip with family and thought long and hard for the right book series to listen to..
decided wisely is all I say...im loving it

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  • Susan
  • BALTIMORE, MD, United States
  • 07-31-17

We will see...

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am torn on this particular book. Some elements were interesting and may convince me to read on, however, I have not made that decision yet. The world building was well done and certain relationships were intriguing, but the character development fell short overall. I like that the main male and female characters were equally strong and neither of them were insipid or whiny. On this alone, I may be compelled to read on. Another plus is that I never felt talked down to by the author which is a personal turnoff with any book. My hesitation is that I am not certain the author used their time wisely in the book. I believe it is important, even in the first of a series to demonstrate that the author can elicit some kind of emotion from the reader and this is where the book truly failed me. Without knowing if the author is capable of drawing me in and making me vested in the outcome of any of the characters, I just do not know if I am willing to read the next book in the series.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was disappointed. I really wanted to care if any of the characters lived or died and I didn't.

Which scene was your favorite?

When I understood the threat of a demon-seed.

Do you think The Spirit Thief needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes. It was not a strong enough book to stand independently.

Any additional comments?

This series has potential. I wish the author had gained my faith in her ability to pull me in. At this point, if I move forward, it will be a toss of the die on whether the book will be something I could really enjoy.

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Unique fantasy concept.

Simple story but unique fantasy concept. Characters are limited in development but the storyline is quick and fun to read/listen. Listening performance is good. Nice quick read.