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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  2,154 ratings  ·  183 reviews
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 int
Paperback, Omnibus, 1040 pages
Published February 24th 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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I've finished the first book in the omnibus and is now moving onto the second. I must say I've not enjoyed reading a fantasy this much in some time. I love books that are fun and fantastical and I can definitely see why people compare it to my own Riyria books. Looking for more enjoyable nights reading the rest of this one.
The Legend of Eli Monpress is an omnibus containing Rachel Aaron’s first three novels: The Spirit Thief, The Spirit Rebellion, and The Spirit Eater. The fourth novel in the series, entitled The Spirit War, is due out in June, so this book is a great way to catch up if you’re unfamiliar with this light but entertaining fantasy series. I enjoyed these novels, back when they were first released within three months of each other in 2010, but the new omnibus edition is a nice improvement over the ind ...more
Pauline Ross
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Whew. {Pauses to catch breath} Well, that was a roller-coaster ride and no mistake. Action heaped on action, the same frenetic scene fragmented into half a dozen different points of view, a bunch of wildly original characters, all with their own very different agendas, and a hapless king kidnapped by a wily thief while a usurper seizes his opportunity. Can the villain(s) be defeated and the rightful king restored to his throne? Oh dear, let me think about that for a moment...
Robert Aldrich
I gave this novel an honest run (I only began reading The Spirit Thief, which is book one in this omnibus version of the trilogy), but I just could not immerse myself in the writing or characters. I made it to page 50 out of 310 pages (16%) before deciding to put my reading time elsewhere.

I think that this would be a great book early teen or YA reading, as the plot set-up is kind of dished up all in one serving without any real development. At 16%, I would have hoped for more in the way of worl
I've just finished reading The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron. Last year I read Fortune's Pawn and the Paradox trilogy by Rachel Bach, which was a fun science fiction series that I enjoyed as a light read. Then I found out that Rachel Bach was a pen name and the same author had also written a fantasy series under the name Rachel Aaron, so I decided to check that out. This book The Legend of Eli Monpress is actually an omnibus edition of three previously published novels, titled The Spiri ...more

The Legend of Eli Monpress is an omnibus that collects the first three novels of the epic fantasy series bearing the same title by Rachel Aaron. It includes the debut effort of The Spirit Thief , The Spirit Rebellion , and The Spirit Eater , all of which were published back in 2010 in consecutive months one right after the other.

I was quite eager with my anticipation of The Spirit Thief . For some reason, it seemed to me to be heavily promoted in urb
Jun 02, 2012 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Five stars from me is pretty rare. But this deserves it.

It would almost be enough to create one great character: Eli Monpress, thief, wizard, trickster, plausible con man and beloved of a goddess. But here we have at least two, because we also have Miranda Lyonette, dedicated and principled Spiritualist, who divides her time between trying to catch Monpress, reluctantly aiding him in a good cause, and rescuing oppressed spirits.

Because this is a setting where animism has been taken to its logica
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Obviously this is a collection of three books, but I can honestly say I had never heard of them before the collection was announced. It is a real shame, I sure would like to have enjoyed these earlier.

The first book is the weakest by far. It sets up the series nicely, gives us the facts of the world(and our three lead characters), and is a quick read. But it reads like a Saturday morning cartoon and has no depth. Main lead Eli is cocky, he runs with the greatest swordsman arou
Originally read these as three separate editions, but looking forward to the omnibus with its much prettier cover!

An EXCELLENT fantasy debut. I tore through this book in two nights, even while sick, and really couldn't put the book down once I'd gotten halfway.

The plot is, frankly, pretty formulaic - I found myself musing at several points that the author had clearly watched a lot of Trigun and had a thing for "mysterious gunslinger/swordsman face-offs," in addition to including ple
This is a face paced, fun read. I loves the characters, and the magic system is very unique. I can't wait to read more Eli books!
Steven Ackerley
No real spoilers in here, but beware, I didn't enjoy this book.

I feel a little bad giving this book two stars, because if I was in my low-teens I would have loved it. However, it just annoyed older, more cynical me. First up: Eli is a dick, a really unlikeable dick. That’s not always doom for a book, but it is when every other character is unlikeable also. Plus, each character appears to have one single motivation for the things they do, and the ways they act. They don't grow, the don't change,
Text Addict
This wasn't the book I went to the bookstore for, but it was one of the three I allowed myself to buy this month. (Sure, it's three volumes in one, but it counts as one purchase!)

And I bought it because I'd never before read a book in which the first scene features a protagonist sweet-talking a door. I just had to read the whole thing. Also, the cover art is perfect - how could you NOT like a book with that face on it?

But I digress. The titular Eli Monpress, sweet-talker of doors, rocks, and en
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 bo
Niki Hawkes
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Picking this one up on a whim, I was sold on it before I even cracked a page. As the greatest thief in the land, Eli Monpress is trying to increase the bounty on his head (for his own amusement, of course) so he decides to steal the king. He's also a wizard, introducing the reader to an awesome new magic system that involves manipulating the spirits of inanimate objects. But this story's not just about Eli. There are several other characters w
I bought this omnibus after hearing that it was similar to Michael J. Sullivan's Ryria series. Wow that was a mistake. It has all of the action of Ryria but it's missing all of the great characters and relationships. After reading 1000 pages of Eli Monpress and his crew I am left feeling so unfulfilled.

Great action
Great fights
No character development
No character relationships

It's an airplane read, a beach read and if that's what you want then I think you will enjoy it.
Myself...I enjoyed it but i
Ashley Jones
Loved these books. It took me about 50 pages to really get into it, but after that I was always excited to get back. I love an author that can create a world, and set rules within that world that actually make sense and are followed throughout the story. Miranda Lyonette is definitely a heroine I can get behind. While she strives to do her work, and follow the rules, she won't stand for injustice. She's not perfect, but that makes her all the better. The thought of a world made up of spirits thr ...more
Denae Christine
I haven't read books that were so addicting since I first read Harry Potter. Even the Percy Jackson books and Artemis Fowl books, while good, did not distract me so much from school and sleep. Maybe because I wasn't trying to read them while studying for finals. But, still.

I really feel like I cannot get enough Eli Monpress!! I wish there were more scenes from his pov in the books. He's my absolute favorite character.

EDIT: Two weeks after I finished it the first time, I have already reread this
Rosalind M
4.75 stars. I would never have thought I could be so entertained by a character of such questionable motives. Eli's sheer charisma drowned out the normal aversion I'd have toward caring about someone devoted to a life of infamy. Over the course of the omnibus, he, Josef, and Nico wormed their way into my booklover's heart. It was straight- foil Miranda who had me gritting my teeth in frustration, more often than not. I look forward to devouring more of the trio's adventures and finding out what ...more
This is a review for this book as well as books 4 and 5 in the series, The Spirit War and Spirit's End. The series starts off pretty generically, and if I'd only had the first book, rather than 1 - 3 in an omnibus edition, I don't know that I'd have bothered to look for the second. That said, the series develops well, and in fact some of the presumably ancillary initial stock characters turn out to be of great significance and interest as the series continues. Not the best fantasy I've read rece ...more
The Legend of Eli Monpress is a fantastic series. Though it's not your typical epic high fantasy novel, it does what is sets out to do and that is to be a fun, entertaining read. This omnibus contains the first three books of the five book series. The first two books, The Spirit Thief and The Spirit Rebellion, are quiet similar in how the over all plot plays out. The plots are different, but I just felt that they were executed in a molded kind of sense. It also does take a bit before you really ...more
I read this because I heard and read that it was similar to Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard series, which I absolutely adore. In many ways, it is. These first three books are fast moving and somewhat episodic, and the detailed world-building is saved for later. The result is that the reader is invested in the characters before we get all the details about their setting, rather than the other way around.

This volume contains the first three novels in the series, and I'm currently reading the fift
Leo (Rahien Sorei)
Omnibuses are a fantasy reader's fix. Binge reading never was so easy. It helps when the story pulls you along with all of the endearing charisma that Eli Monpress brings to bear. Eli is a treat, but he is definitely an image constructed to serve a purpose - as you delve into the books, you find the people that surround, pursue and suffer him are far more interesting. Set in a world full of dynamics that readers learn about in only slightly by-the-book info dumps, the plot hurtles along in each ...more
Review only based on book 1, as I only read that one and don't plan on continuing the series. The writing level seemed more simple than I generally care for.

Mildly amusing light fantasy, with mildly engaging characters*, mildly twisty plotting, and mildly interesting worldbuilding.

I am in the mood for a light, fast, fun fantasy caper but this was just a little too basic for me right now. I would have loved it in middle school, though.

*I liked Miranda well enough, but I don't get why other revie
By the end of this omnibus edition of Eli Monpress books, I was won over. At first, the story felt too derivative of Harry Potter and video games to be worth the effort. But the author knows how to write a page-turner, and pretty soon, as the stakes kept get higher, I was completely caught up in Aaron's world, with its own set of wizards, demons, and adventurers -- and rules. Aaron is very good at putting you in the middle of one conflict only to reveal that it actually is a small piece of a lar ...more
This is the first three books in the series. In all honesty I found it a little challenging. Now don't get me wrong, it was highly enjoyable, it just didn't hook me in. It just wasn't one of those that you end up still awake at 3am thinking 'just one more page'. The characters were well written but didn't feel like we saw enough of Eli. His back story is the underpinning thread and what kept me going to the next book. Apart from that element, each book had fairly the same recipe, especially conc ...more
I really enjoyed this three book series, I loved that it came all together, rather than buying each book, and I found it to be very charming and imaginative. 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 wall ...more
Rough Reads
I hate to do this...but this was just not my cup of tea
Ultimately it was BORING
I didn't care about the characters, they seemed flat and were placed into predictable character tropes
I found the lead female character to be insanely annoying and the whole thing fell short for me
The world building however was not unimaginative, i did enjoy the creative world she was able to establish

I was only able to read the first book in this three book bind up
Im not sure if i can bring myself to pick it up agai
An enjoyable but not challenging series, one of the first by Rachel Aaron who has definitely improved as an author subsequently. This is almost young adult territory, and has lots of cliches which I found annoying (amazing but taciturn swordsman with a heart of gold; cheeky, powerful thief with a heart of gold, girl afflicted with demon powers but with a heart of gold etc etc)old curmudgeon that I am. I also found a few niggles with the portrayal of Miranda the Spiritualist, for example her gend ...more
It's like a Flynn Rider/Peter Pan-ish mashup goes adventuring with Jayne and River from Firefly. WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT THAT?
Matthew Godlewski
This is more of a 3.5 star book. I thought the first story in this collection was slow, and quite frankly almost gave up. However, the final two novels were really good and we got to discover things about Eli and Nico that were not covered in the first novel, most notably their past. The novels are mostly straight forward adventures as Eli tries to get a $1,000,000 bounty on his head while avoiding the Spiritualist (a wizard who can communicate with and control the spirits that reside in all ina ...more
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Hello, my name is Rachel Aaron, and I write the Heartstriker books, a new Urban Fantasy series about misfit dragons, starting with Nice Dragons Finish Last. I also wrote The Legend of Eli Monpress fantasy series for Orbit Books about a wizard thief and the poor bastards who have to try and stop him. PLUS I'm also the author of the new, rolicking fun Science Fiction romance Fortune's Pawn under the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Legend of Eli Monpress (5 books)
  • The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #1)
  • The Spirit Rebellion (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #2)
  • The Spirit Eater (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #3)
  • The Spirit War (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #4)
  • Spirit's End (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #5)
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