- Title: The Spirit Thief
- Author: Rachel Aaron
- Series: The Legend of Eli Monpress #1
- Genre: Fantasy
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Soo
- Rating: 3 out of 5
Description: 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 for now. He’ll just steal something that no one will miss – at least for a while.
Like a king.
Review: There is a spirit in everything in the world and only a handful of people have the ability to communicate with them. It’s the strength of the person’s spirit that defines the power they have and their control that maintains how much they can do with it. In this world, there is a man who desires to be the best thief of all time and he does most of his work with carefree chitchat with the spirits that live in everything. Eli Monpress won’t let a small thing like plans falling apart to keep him from his goal. In fact, he takes it all in stride with confidence and an impish grin. Throw in a swordsman with a magical sword and a young girl bearing a demonseed and you have the trio of ornery characters that keeps the world of spirits on their toes.
If you enjoy snarktastic characters who confidently walk into trouble and are ready to rumble with anything that stands in the path of their convictions, you’ve come to the right place! It all starts with a simple ransom of a king for a little bit of the kingdom’s gold and a promise to rank up the bounty on Eli. Everything spirals out of control when a contender for the throne comes to play. Enemy of my enemy is my friend is a great concept!
First, I would like to say that I read the prologue in book 5 by accident. I gained an interest in Eli and a good feel for some of the characters in the series. Without that encouragement, I definitely would not have made an effort to finish this book.
I love snark. I love cocky, intelligent characters. I love spunky gals who live with conviction. All of these things are good things to have in a story. However, it doesn’t flow every well when five different characters act like split personalities of one person. Split personalities that aren’t very different from one another.
World building is great but please don’t do it in a manner that feels like listening to a boring lecture. That happened a few times. I got a handle on the spirits and how it works the first time it was explained. All explanations after that were not necessary and the words could have been used to further character development rather than to enthuse on the world that the author loves. I like the fact that the author loves the world and characters but it would be nice if it flows better with the whole of the book.
Although a lot of stuff happens in this book, I only got a bare hint of the characters involved. That makes it hard to care when something good or bad happens to them. Without reading the prologue, I would have no idea about Benehime and the Lord of Storms. I wouldn’t understand the comment made by the Great Spirit when it said that Eli bears her mark.
If I go with just this book, I would have to say that I love Josef. I enjoyed the fights and I really like the way he takes care of Niko.
What about Renaud? All this crazy stuff happens and no mention of the pivotal bad guy. Eh.
I’ll read the rest of this series because I am curious to see what happened between book one and five. I just don’t feel a driving need to read it all right now.