Review: The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit WarThis book was a personal purchase.

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“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’s every bit as driven and stubborn as he is) wants him to come home and do his duty, which means throwing over personal ambitions like 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.”

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Review: The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit EaterThis book was a personal purchase.

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“With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it’s time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.

Nico, however, is finding it a bit hard. Plagued by a demon’s voice in her head and feeling powerless, she only sees herself as a burden. Everyone’s holiday comes to an untimely close, though, when Pele arrives to beg Eli’s help for finding her missing father.

But there are larger plans afoot than even Eli can see, and the real danger, and the solution, may lie with one of his own and her forgotten past.

If only Nico could remember whose side she’s on.”

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Review: The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit ThiefThis book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What’s the appeal of a thief as a main character? My money’s on the chance to watch a clever plot unfold. With movies like Oceans Eleven and books like The Lies of Locke Lamora, the thief has gone from obscurity in D&D games to a viable guy to root for. New author Rachel Aaron brings a new face to the lineup with Eli Monpress, the thief who wants to be worth one million gold.

We join Eli in prison, captive of King Henrith of Mellinor. After persuading the door to open up and let him out, he does what nobody expects: he steals the king. Hot on the heels of this crime, the wizard Miranda arrives, hunting Eli in the hopes of preventing another crime. Something dangerously magical lurks in Mellinor’s royal vault, and if Eli gets his hands on it, who knows what will happen?

And yet even more dangers are swirling around Mellinor. The throne’s vacancy has left the way clear for Henrith’s exiled brother Renaud to return and take control. The funny thing about Mellinor is that magic is outlawed; and, the funny thing about Renaud is that he’s a wizard. Something is most definitely rotten in the state of Mellinor, and the funniest thing of all is that Eli may be their only hope of salvation.

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