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The Legend of Eli Monpress: Book 1, 2 & 3 (Ominubus Edition) Paperback – February 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: The Legend of Eli Monpress
  • Paperback: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 Combined edition (February 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316193577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316193573
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A romp of a lighthearted fantasy starring an absolutely darling rogue."
Publishers Weekly

"Wry humor, engaging characters and full-tilt action."—Gail Z. Martin

"Witty, smart, snappy, sassy, fast, furious and let's not forget fun... Rachel Aaron isn't so much knocking at the door as kicking it down."—Tom Holt

"The Spirit Thief is a delightfully giddy romp of a novel."—Karen Miller

About the Author

Rachel Bach grew up wanting to be an author and a super villain. Unfortunately, super villainy proved surprisingly difficult to break into, so she stuck to writing and everything worked out great. She currently lives in Athens, GA with her perpetually energic toddler, extremely understanding husband, overflowing library, and obese wiener dog. You can find out more about Rachel and all her books at rachelaaron.net

Rachel also writes science fiction under the name Rachel Bach. Learn more about her latest triloy, The Paradox series, and read sample chapters for yourself at rachelbach.net!

More About the Author

Rachel Aaron lives a lovely, nerdy, bookish life in Athens, GA with her four-year-old son, loving husband, and obese wiener dog. Other than her own books, the internet knows her best for writing very fast. To find out exactly how fast (and read sample chapters from her books), visit www.rachelaaron.net!

She also writes action packed Science Fiction under the name Rachel Bach.

*Eli Monpress Reading Order!*

Like many fantasy adventures, the Eli Monpress books were written as a five part series and must be read in order for the story to make any sense. Here's the official list:

Book 1 - THE SPIRIT THIEF
Book 2 - THE SPIRIT REBELLION
Book 3 - THE SPIRIT EATER
(You can also get books 1-3 together in an omnibus edition titled THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS)
Book 4 - THE SPIRIT WAR
Book 5 - SPIRIT'S END
Novella - SPIRIT'S OATH (set before the events of book 1, but not essential to the series)

Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy Eli's adventures!

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
Randall LaGrange
It's a long book, I enjoyed every page of it and can't wait to read the follow up.
Watership Down
The pace of the story is fast and keeps the reader's interest piqued.
dzreads

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dustin on February 8, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress) is the first book in the collection, it starts off with a rather amusing conversation between a man and a prison cell door. Normally this would not only be amusing, but a rather one sided conversation expect for the quickly explained fact that he this man is a wizard. There are many kinds of wizards as you know, being the vague term that it is. Some summon demons, others ride trains and go to school to learn to fling wands about without doing collateral damage.

Well this man is the type of wizard who can talk to things and really anything for that matter. Swords, fire, bricks, trees, winds, birds, and as mentioned, doors. So being a wizard really only means that your options for company are much larger than a normal person. Well that and you can bargain with or force things to do your bidding. So when you can sweet talk a door into letting you out, they become much less effective as obstacles.

We quickly discover that this man's name is Eli Monpress and that he's a wanted thief and proud of it. What he steals next is a little out of the ordinary for him and is in fact the king of whose dungeon he had been spending the morning in.

This is where the second main character comes in. A young lady named Miranda from the Spirit Court, a magical law enforcement / environmental protection organization. She's come to capture Eli and ensure he doesn't steal some magical relic. To be honest, she's rather annoying at first but I think that's the point. The embodiment of all that is good and right with a short tempter. The hero that will rant to the villains on their evilness in the middle of combat.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is an omnibus! It contains Spirit Thief, Spirit Rebellion, and Spirit Eater. Now I can have three awesome books in one compact version with really neat cover art.

Buy this book if you love to read fun fantasy! The story is wonderful but I find the characters the thing that keeps me reading. What will our master thief steal next? Is the swordsman going to knock more people down? What kind of awesome power will the demonseed reveal next? Will the crazy spiritualist following the trio actually succeed in stopping Eli and his team? It's great how Aaron builds up each character and each relationship.

I can tell you that the writing is considerably better than some of the "fantasy" out on the market right now. I've purchased all of the individual novels at least twice. I've let friends borrow the books and they were so banged up that I needed new copies. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Books31 on February 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
The is one of the best series I've read in years. I've reviewed the other three books so first I'll say this is an amazing series that everyone should read. Here are my reviews of the first three books in the series (what you get in this wonderful omnibus.)

The Spirit Thief

Magic, mystery, and a little bit of good old thievery. All in all Rachel Aaron's first book in her The Legend of Eli Monpress series is a truly fantastic book.

I'm a little embarrassed to say I didn't initially recognize this book as the fantastic piece of literature it is. In fact I probably would have missed it, if not for the fact that Orbit produced it.

What I mean by this is that since starting this blog I've learned a lot more about the publishing industry, such as, who produces the best urban fantasy/ fantasy/science fiction, who releases books at a speed that can keep a reader happy, and who is the most consistent with the level of production they put out. And from all of this I have to say Orbit is one fine imprint. They release great books in time periods to keep readers happy, they are one of the most consistent imprints in the level of high quality material that they publish, and they're constantly trying to make things cheaper and more affordable for the reader. But anyway enough about how fantastic Orbit is, the real crux of the matter is that I would have passed by this fantastic book without even knowing it, and that would have been the real crime.

The Spirit Thief is fun, well written, and full of well developed characters. Aaron does a fantastic job creating a story around this first chapter of the Eli Monpress series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JDora on August 19, 2013
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These are the sorts of breezy, fun books that make for perfect lazy afternoon reading. The only downside to them is that they have a serious exposition issue. It seems like every other page the action halts for literal PAGES of descriptions of the way politics, magic, or some other thing works. I mean, of course you want to get some world building in there, and Eli's world IS interesting, but when so many of the explanations are so long-winded and tedious and FREQUENT, it really drags the story down. It's not handled with any subtlety at all, often coming in at inappropriate times, and I wanted to groan whenever it happened. "This is a really important mission we're on... but why don't you give me an eight-paragraph explanation of how this magic doo-dad that will never pop up again works?" It gets in the way of the characters, and strips out a lot of the mystery and enchantment that the world could and should have, and it happens all. The. Time. And is often nowhere near as interesting as the characters themselves. The Legend of Eli Monpress could be a lot better than it is, and although it didn't grab me and I found myself forgetting about it for days at a time, it's still a light, enjoyable read.
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