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The Legend of Eli Monpress [Kindle Edition]

Rachel Aaron
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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Book 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.

The Legend of Eli Monpress includes the novels: The Spirit Thief, The Sprit Rebellion, and The Spirit Eater.


Editorial Reviews

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"Fast and fun, Spirit Thief introduces a fascinating new world and a complex magical system based on cooperation with the spirits who reside in all living objects. Aaron's characters are fully fleshed and possess complex personalities, motivations, and backstories that are only gradually revealed. Fans of Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) will be thrilled with Eli Monpress. Highly recommended for all fantasy readers."  - Booklist, Starred Review


"This book was a nice surprise and a complete winner for me... A refreshing change from the gritty wave that fantasy seems to riding right now and is a nice throwback to the light classical fantasy...I'm hooked on for this series and will be following it eagerly." - Fantasy Book Critic

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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 Wry humour, engaging characters and full-tilt action Gail Z. Martin, [An] outstanding fantasy debut is the first in a trilogy about unrepentant thief Eli Monpress, whose goal in life is to amass $1 million in gold. Hoping to accomplish his mission in a hurry, Eli decides to raise the stakes and kidnap a king ... Fast and fun, Spirit Thief introduces a fascinating new world and a complex magical system based on cooperation with the spirits who reside in all living objects. Aaron's characters are fully fleshed and possess complex personalities, motivations, and backstories that are only gradually revealed ... Highly recommended for all fantasy readers. BOOKLIST

Product Details

  • File Size: 1370 KB
  • Print Length: 1029 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 Combined edition (February 24, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0058ECNXU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,588 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By Dustin
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 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THREE great books for the price of ONE! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy of Great Series February 9, 2012
By Books31
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable reading March 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a 3-book set. There are 5 major charactrers-think good guys. They were all fun characters, but there was much uncovered in the way of back story. How did Eli meet his swordsman? How did the Spiritualist and the Ghostdog meet? In some ways I thought the characters could have been fleshed out a little more to help us care for them. The magical system used in the series was a little different from some of the common systems I've seen- well thought out and worked nicely throughout the series. I also felt that the Goddess seemed very childlike and immature for someone who is supposed to be caring for the whole world.
So. Yes, I would reccommend this book to be read. It is a fun storyline. Maybe we'll see the characters surface again in another book?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!
Loved this series! Great plot, lots of twists. Never would have guessed Eli's parents. I love it when surprises like that happen! It's long, but WELL worth it!!!
Published 11 days ago by Doll
1.0 out of 5 stars An okay story & characters
I thought this was an OKAY book. It's juvenile, its characters immature. It is very creative and original. The author used the word "sneer" way too much.
Published 29 days ago by S. Peirce
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun read
Love her writing style. Especially fun characters and dialogue. My favorite was the first book in the series, but all are a fun read.
Published 1 month ago by rjs
4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend of Eli Monpress: Book 1, 2 & 3
Fun-loving series. You always know that the good guys will win. But, you can never figure out how. And it's never a total victory over Evil!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing and entertaining
I have been reading for four decades, this book is hands down one of the most spellbinding. Great story, interesting characters with much room for your imagination. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Watership Down
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the best replacement book ever.
I went to the bookstore looking for the sequel to a different author's series, and it wasn't there. This was. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brady Ayers
5.0 out of 5 stars re: legend of eli monpress
Fantastic series; interesting & funny. Found myself finished & looking for the next book..couldn't put it down. I highly recommend the book.
Published 3 months ago by Dixie
4.0 out of 5 stars great book at a great price
Bought this book on a whim at a great price. I have not been reading fantasy for a while, strictly Sci Fi, zombies, and apocalypse books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by chris patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Best novel I ever read
You should get it. It is very long and will take a long time to finish but still very worth it. GET IT
Published 4 months ago by Alan Guenther
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative
Amazing, fantastic, wonderful, brilliant, stupendous, and one of the best fantasy books--heck, one of the best BOOKS I've read in a long while.
Published 4 months ago by Mithril
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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!

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