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The Spirit Rebellion (The Legend of Eli Monpress #2)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  2,367 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Eli Monpress is brilliant. He's incorrigible. And he's a thief.

He's also still at large, which drives Miranda Lyonette crazy. While she's been kicked out of the Spirit Court, Eli's had plenty of time to plan his next adventure. But now the tables have turned, because Miranda has a new job -- and an opportunity to capture a certain thief.

Things are about to get exciting for
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Published November 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published October 26th 2010)
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I don't understand this cover or log line, I feel like it's horrible marketing for this book. Someone get that dude who did the Robert Jordan books in here, for once his art would be appropriate (Darryl Sweet, right? I really hated those covers for Wheel of Time, but for this book it would rock)

I can't get over this cover, I mean Miranda is a key character, but this looks like a Danielle Steel book, like she's going to bury her grandma and can't pick the coffin. And it's a light-hearted fantasy
Oh Eli you little shit. I do adore you. You are an ass. You are conceited. You are single minded in your determination to be an idiot at times.

Yet I adore you.

Even I can't explain it. I really thought his self centered arrogance would annoy the crap out of me yet it just Endears me. What's with that??? And poor Miranda, and the others having to deal with it! Ha!

This series is so fantastic and I highly recommend it. The magic, and setting in this universe is so well thought out and fascinating
Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Laura for - 7/10 on the blog

'The Spirit Rebellion' takes off where just after 'The Spirit Thief' with Miranda returning to the Spirit Court to report her failure to apprehend Eli, and her defeat of the evil enslaver. But political games are afoot at the Spirit Court and before she knows it, Miranda is accused of working with the thief for her own ends and in serious trouble. It looks as though she really needs to capture Eli this time in order to clear her name.
Endlich mal wieder ein 2. Teil einer Reihe, der den ersten sogar noch toppen kann. Die Charaktere entwickeln sich weiter, die Geschichte wird komplexer und spannender und verliert trotzdem nicht an trockenem Humor. Die Geister in Alltagsgegenständen und der Natur werden so gekonnt eingebaut, dass ich meine Umgebung jetzt mit anderen Augen sehe. Pflastersteine werfen sich Flüchtenden in den Weg, Türen haben einen eigenen Willen und mögen es natürlich nicht wenn man sie schlecht behandelt, Laterne ...more
Just a few weeks ago saw the release of Rachel Aaron’s entertaining and light-hearted debut novel The Spirit Thief. Now, fast on its heels, we already have the sequel The Spirit Rebellion — and even better, the third book in the series, The Spirit Eater, will be here around Thanksgiving. Isn’t it wonderful when you don’t have to wait a whole year for the next novel in a series?

This second installment in THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS takes place right after the events in the first book. Spiritualist
Good read. Fun read. Precursor to things to come in a very episodic way. The characters are very well done, very interesting and Eli's always fun to read. Well, everyone but Miranda. Miranda is the dumbest little prat ever. I have see no reason why I should believe she's an exceptionally gifted, intelligent spiritualist like they keep telling me she is. She blunders from one dumb situation to the next without ever thinking. Even the dog is smarter than her. Other than that one moronic character, ...more
J Leigh Bralick
Another fantastic Eli Monpress novel. I devoured it in a day and was off hunting for The Spirit Eater the next day. I love the whole charming cast of characters, the energy and vibrancy of the writing, the wonderful dialogue, and the plot that always kept me engaged -- even when I think I know where it's going, it never fails to be one heck of a fun ride. And Aaron always manages to throw in those little surprises that blindside me in the best way possible. Props to her once again... and my hear ...more
A natural evolution in quality from the first book in the series, Aaron is able to maintain the endearing nature of her main characters while presenting new antagonists that readers will love to hate.

I had a real problem with the simplicity of the first book in this series, The Spirit Thief. Its sequel has improved on this a lot. While no Great Gatsby, the antagonists really made me hate them. I felt Miranda's frustration at the early parts of the book and was extremely satisfied at the resoluti
This is a light-hearted, engaging fantasy that I absolutely loved! It was better than the first book in the series with more info on the characters. I love the way the spirits are portrayed. I did think of Disney's Beauty and the Beast with the talking, moving objects, only not everyone can hear these. Don't get me wrong this is not a Disney type romp, but it is fun filled. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. I'm not crazy about the cover. I think the covers for the omnibus edit ...more
Honestly, this book suffered from the same problems I had with the first one. It's not that Eli was unlikable, it's just that I have a hard time enjoying that cocky, world-be-damned thief archetype and although there were moments where we got to see the soft underbelly that Eli had, they were so few and far between that I couldn't like him the same way I did Miranda or Nico.

At least Miranda and Nico both seemed like they had something to lose in this, whereas Eli was endangering his friends and
In the second book of the Eli Monpress series, Eli is still out to get his bounty to 1,000,000 gold standards, and he's well on his way.

Enter the Duke of Gaol. He's obsessed with catching Eli, so he makes sure Eli knows about his "thief-proof" citadel by putting posters in every country round about. Eli sees this as the perfect opportunity to up the bounty on his head, so off he goes with Josef and Nico in tow.

Miranda Lyonette is still upset about losing to Eli in the last book, but now she has
Still as good as the first book and an entertaining read. The only thing I can't figure out is why I fail to like Miranda as much as the author means me to. It's rather obvious where the story is headed but for some reason she just doesn't come nearly as personable as Eli. All the elements are there in theory but something is strangely missing to make that connection. Could be just me though.
I absolutely loved this book! This is such a terrific series with extremely well-written, enjoyable characters that get you learn more about with each book. Eli is my favorite of course, but Miranda and all the other supporting characters from human to spirits are so interesting and I want to know more about them all. I love the idea of everything having it's own spirit and personality, which makes it even more fun when Eli sweet talks them into doing whatever he wants them to. Of course in this ...more
If you liked the first book in the series, you'll like this. The character of Eli is developed further, as we learn a touch more of his backstory and meet an old friend of his.

The book does have it's problems however:
The other characters aren't developed any more than they were in the first book. Even more so then in the first book, I feel like Miranda is a Mary Sue character.

The plot is very episodic, with little feeling that there is anything greater building. In fact, the plot is far too sim
I loved the first novel in this series, and the second is at least as good.

The plot is rather basic, but works. More importantly, the characters develop, as does the world- so various of the opposing trends get both more complicated and yet easier to understand. It's complicated... but that's what makes it fun.

You could probably start with this novel, but you'd be missing a lot of important world-building.

I am really enjoying this series a lot. I especially like that even those who end up more-o
Oh, this book was fun. 4.5 stars. Judging by these first two books, this lighthearted fantasy series will be joining my list of favorites. I like seeing how the world is expanding and we're getting more details about Eli and his crew.

The writing isn't perfect, and there are some anachronisms speechwise, but I am more than willing to overlook those facts for delightful characters and an engaging story. Can't wait to continue.

Rating: A heavy PG or light PG-13 for some action violence.

Während die Magierin Miranda nach Zarin zurückkehrt, wo sie vor ein Gericht der Magier gestellt wird, da sie in Mellinor offensichtlich nicht nur gegen Regeln verstoßen, sondern auch Eli Monpress entkommen ließ, macht sich Eli auf den Weg zum Formmagier Slorn. Dieser soll Nico einen neuen Mantel erschaffen, der sie vor der in ihr schlummernden Dämonenbrut schützen soll. Doch Slorn verlangt dafür einen Preis, der Elis höchste Kunst herausfordert. Denn das sagenumwobene Schwert, das er besc
Well, now I'm addicted. Luckily book 3 is already on my kindle.
This wasn't a bad read, like the first, the writing flowed really easily and the character voices were strong but at the same time, the quirks in the first one that I could look over were a lot more irritating this time around. Mainly surrounding the girl who works with Eli, the demon one.

It felt like she didn't care about the consequences of her actions even though we're supposed to believe that her demon isn't influencing her. And yet, when her actions have consequences she seems surprised or
The Spirit Rebellion is a bit of an improvement over the first book in the series in my opinion. I liked Eli and the other characters, but I had a hard time enjoying the first book. Maybe there was too much Eli, and a rapport with the characters that I wasn't ready for. These do just throw us in with a group of people that get along well and have us piece together their pasts as we go. I will refrain from using the word romp since I dislike that word, so I will say instead that these books are f ...more
The world is expanded upon in this book. Eli comes more to the forefront, though he's not necessarily the main focus. Like The Spirit Thief, the plot in this book focuses on a particular kingdom within the realm which is having troubles, and Eli and Miranda cross paths again for a bit of derring do while chasing after their own goals.

Which is one thing I particularly like about these books. The motives of each character are strikingly clear. You know what they want and, for the most part, why th
I'll say this for Rachel Aaron - she is trying, and trying hard. I really do like her style of writing and her ideas. But I wish it didn't just stop there. She still has this sort of... flat, surface-level story going, even though I can tell she's trying to twist the threads of the plot. It's more than a little frustrating, because I feel like if she just developed the characters a little more the novel would be so much more satisfying!

All that said, I liked this book more than the last, so hope
Lance Schonberg
I enjoyed this book as much as the first in the series. A fun read that I could pick up in odd moments and cover bit sized bits of ground whenever I did.

The characters are a bit more well developed this time around, especially Miranda (who spends very little time feeling sorry for herself after getting kicked out of the Spirit Court, but then she gets a new job offer fairly quickly). Quite like her and (don't spoil it for me please as I deliberately don't read reviews for later books in series I
Things are just as exciting the second time around when it comes to Eli Monpress. Things are a little bit more involved when it comes to the political side of the spirit court, but it doesn't put a damper on the action that happens. If anything it makes things more interesting as you get to see the inner workings of everything and get a slightly better understanding of why Miranda is the way she is.

You also get a little more of a glimpse into Eli's past. Though it isn't everything you get a bett
Why I read it: Second in a series
The Plot: I've got to start taking notes when I read, especially when it's taking me so long between reading and reviewing. In this second book of the Eli Monpress series, Eli is still working on getting a higher bounty on his head. We find out a little bit more about what motivates him, and there is a little more depth to the story, with some surprises and foreshadowing too. The target this time is the Duke of Gaol's citadel, which has been advertised as thief p
The Spirit Rebellion picks up shortly after the end of The Spirit Thief with Miranda returning to the Spirit Court having let Monpress go in exchange for his help and Eli and his friends looking for a replacement cloak for Nico, the demon seed. This is a more than satisfying second course from Rachel Aaron. We learn more about Eli’s past as well as hints about the demon seed maturing in Nico. In addition there is some element of the politics Miranda has to deal with. I love her constant ethical ...more
Not as great as its predecessor The Spirit Thief, but still rather delightful with a little more history behind Eli and his companions. I think Rachel Aaron has set up the stage rather nicely, and she seems to building the momentum at a satisfactory rate for the remainder of the series.

The title is a bit misleading since the actual rebellion does not happen until later. After the leaps and bounds that Eli had us taking in the first book, I am a little disappointed with The Spirit Rebellion in th
Once again, a chipper, happy, fun filled adventure with just a hint of darker things to come. A seemingly perfect book that bounced you along without you really realising it, until you come to the end and wonder where it had gone. A fantastic Four Stars

Plot: Four Stars

Eli is on the loose [still] and wants to, once again, do some daring feat of criminal proportions that will drastically increase his bounty price - his aim being a bounty higher than the worth of a few kingdoms put together. This
Si Barron
Another highly readable book from Rachel Aaron in the Eli series. Number 2 is as enjoyable as the first and has more world and character exploration.
Miranda goes back to the Spiritualist Council home base of Zarin only to discover her freedom is challenged by jealous members who frame her. She escapes to life as an exile but is soon recruited by the West Wind to investigate mysterious happenings in the country of Gaol- which so happens to be Eli’s next target. The Duke of Gaol is rich which is p
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Shadowhawk reviews the second novel in the Eli Monpress series from Orbit Books.

“This is a wonderful, light-hearted novel that is true to the spirit of the first novel in the series and builds on all the right things from before. Highly recommended.” ~Shadowhawk

Every now and then there is an author who impresses me with his/her first novel in a series and then goes on to deliver a smashing sequel tha
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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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