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The Legend of Eli Monpress (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1-3)

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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
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Published February 24th 2012 by Orbit
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Sep 04, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Eliza Crewe
Solid, fun read.
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
Mar 22, 2016 Robert Aldrich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
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 for 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
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
Apr 04, 2013 Bastard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
The Spirit Thief
Rachel Aaron has a gift, you guys. It’s amazing that The Spirit Thief was her debut. For so many authors, The Spirit Thief would be the lofty peak of their career, but Aaron/Bach basically does amazing things every time.

There’s a lot that’s familiar in Eli Monpress, but it’s also something wholly original and Rachel Aaron. She excels at both world and character building, twisting archetypes into her own delightful mishmash of balls-to-the-wall awesome. At most points, I thought I
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,
Jun 02, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Feb 14, 2012 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, humour
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
I've read the first book in the series some time ago because of Micheal Sullivan's review:) It was compared to Riyria and that's why I gave it a chance.
Well it's nowhere near as great as Riyria but it's fast and enjoyable read and I can see some similarities. Definitely a good way to spend my evenings. Good idea and fast-paced action so it's never boring. And I liked the characters.
I have one major complaint however. Eli and his friends get away from every trouble too easy. They sometimes get
Dec 15, 2013 Monica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 21, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is sooo good!
The worldbuilding was excellent, there are layers upon layers and everyone answers to another higher power, so when you think you've got it figured out - bam. No.
The writing is very easy to read and almost whimsical, not taking itself too seriously. It really got across Eli's rambunctious nature and Miranda's futile, comical attempts at trying to catch him.
There is a nice underlying theme of agency that's present which is always cool to see,
Text Addict
Mar 15, 2012 Text Addict rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: 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 alr
Feb 09, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2013 Niki Hawkes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 26, 2015 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Mar 22, 2015 Ashley Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rosalind M
Jun 06, 2013 Rosalind M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Dec 27, 2012 Chip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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 hardest thing about finding a new author to love, is picking up & reading their older books. The Dragon books set my standards so high, that it's probably no surprise this series can't quite make the grade. In ordinary times I would maybe give it 4 stars, but right now I'm leaning towards 3-3.5

Eli Monpress is determined to be the thief with the highest bounty in the world, and he won't even stop at stealing a king to get there. Miranda is the spiritualist determined to bring him to heel
Jan 28, 2016 Micaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, quotable
This is three short books bound into one longer one, and it is excellent. It starts out a light romp of an adventure, following the exploits of the charming and highly amusing wizard thief Eli Monpress and his companions Josef, a world class swordsman, and Nico, a demon seed. The other most important character is Miranda, the wizard in charge of catching Eli, since he is a disgrace to the name of wizardry. Eli's one goal in life is to increase his bounty, for reasons which will come to light in ...more
Nathaniel Bivens
I usually just read at work, but when I picked this up at BooksAMillion, I was hooked. Since Brent Weeks I haven't found a book that I couldn't set down, or inspire me to keep writing. The characters are very likeable, and you will quickly find yourself picking favorites. The story is a light one, and not too intense, yet deep enough to keep you guessing "what is this character really after?".

The characters are all very deep, and obviously all have histories that are constantly unraveling. Near
Amanda Grace
Nov 18, 2014 Amanda Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Nov 02, 2015 Sibil is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Finished The Thief Spirit, that is the first book. 3.5 stars
This was a very introductive volume. I liked it a lot but I would have liked a little bit more of characters' development. Eli and his group are really intersting, and they have a lot of potenital (I loved Nico and Eli) but the author could have done better and tell us something more.
It was a fast and funny reading, and I really want to go on with the series. Eli, waiit for me!
Aug 19, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was fun! I think I'll have to go and read the rest of this series as well.

But first of all, here are some thoughts I had about the first three installments:

-Very fast paced and action packed. It makes it hard to put down when so much is happening. It makes for an interesting read, but it does have its drawbacks. I feel like I would have enjoyed this book more if it took a little more time to step back and let us get to know the characters a little more. Certainly, a lot about a charact
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
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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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