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The Spirit Eater (The Legend of Eli Monpress #3)

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With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it's time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.

Nico, however, is finding it a bit hard. Plagued by a demon's voice in her head and feeling powerless, she only sees hersel
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Paperback, 422 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2010)
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Felicia
This is a REALLY good book. But first...

Let's talk about this cover. Who ordered all that eyeliner, what is going on, who is that supposed to be from the book? Nico? Are you frikkin' kidding me?! She would never put eyeliner on, I'm so confused why this looks like a Twilight sequel cover. UUUUUUUGH

Anyway, this is the best of the three books WRITING-WISE I've read in the series, which is exciting! What I love is that the author sets up stuff that will CLEARLY come back in the next book, but she d
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Bry
This installment focused a bit more on Nico than Eli, Miranda, or anyone else which was a bit boring at first as I have to admit I have never been too interested in her character despite her being a demon seed. But after I learned a bit more about her and demons in general I got pulled into the story a bit more.

This installment had a lot of action and a lot of heart wrenching moments compared to the last two books. The author definitely cranked it up a bit this time.

Also, a couple of new chara
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Ryn
Well, I have to say that I'm sincerely glad I picked all of these books off the library shelf at once, because I know I wouldn't have remember the plotlines unless I'd read them back-to-back...

This one was even better than the last, and I must admit that it's more of a 3.5-star rating this time 'round. I like how each book is delving deeper into each character; I was especially looking forward to reading Nico's. It was a wee, wee bit disappointing in that I still don't feel like Rachel Aaron's
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Tammie
In this third addition to the series we actually dig a bit deeper into the story arc. We find out a little bit more about who the Shepherdess is and meet a few other interesting characters as well. This book is mainly Nico's book and I really enjoyed reading about her in more detail. There are some interesting developments in this one and I'm curious to see what happens next.
Bruna Bellini
Wow! This story is getting better and better!
It's been a quite time, since I read such a good story!
Each book, is adding more interesting characters and the story is getting more interesting, without get lost.
Nico is really a brave girl! She is the most tough character for me, because of what she had inside her, and she keep struggling to be true to herself.
Josef is always the one with his "feet in the ground". He is a very loyal and respectful character.
Well, finally Miranda noticed what is
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Kristina
From the beginnings of the series I thought this was a fun fantasy romp that made me want to keep reading, and thought the series was a solid four star read. This book broke into the five star boundaries though. At some point I realized that I no longer knew who the main character of the story was anymore. The series is called The Legend of Eli Monpress, and yes, he is a driving force that everyone seems to revolve around, whether they work for him, are hunting him, or are losing their fortunes ...more
Jeremy
Re-posting my review as it appears from my column "Reading Realms" at The Outhouse Website:
http://www.theouthousers.com/index.ph...

Eli Monpress might be the star of this series, but in this volume he seemed more a secondary character. The book suffered none for it however, as every character in Rachel Aaron's work is as strong as the main. The demonseed Nico, as seen on the cover of the book, might be considered the star this time; though her friend Josef as well as returning Spiritualist Mirand
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Denae Christine
Yay!
There wasn't as much Eli in this book, but the other characters got more stage time and made a beautiful story just fine without him in the spotlight.
Semi-spoilers.
After this 3rd book, I do shake my head at the repetition between the books. Eli must steal something big, Miranda comes after him, a famous swordsman comes after Josef, League tries to take Nico, Miranda loses Eli, Josef nearly dies, Nico nearly loses her humanity, and Eli's bounty doubles.
This makes the plot sound a little predi
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James
This was an even better step up in the series. Looking back could say, despite thier brilliance, that the series started off slow. If you've read those books, you'll understand how great that makes this book. An enthralling Four and a Half Stars.

Plot: Four and a Half Stars

In this installment we see things take a turn for the dramatic, the impact of Eli's little group taking on an even larger, worlwide effect. Nico's past is explored and developed, and the threat that she poses - and the threat t
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Lexie
Oh, my dear reading friends. I want to say first that the Eli Monpress series has consistently defied my fondest wishes and hopes. This isn’t a series that takes itself seriously–Eli is absurd (from his motivations to his methods), his companions are ridiculously powerful (and equally angst-ridden over this fact), and his shenanigans would make lesser men weep.

Plus he’s charming, witty, and loyal. He takes nothing from anyone and won’t bend his ways simply because someone says “I said so!” I lov
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Zel Polev
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Valentin Mihov
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The third Eli Monpress book delves still deeper into Eli’s and Nico’s backgrounds, integrates unresolved plot elements from the previous entries (The Spirit Thief and The Spirit Rebellion, both 2010), and provides larger roles for previously minor characters, including Alric and the Lord of Storms. All of these elements add complexity as Aaron’s multilayered world comes into clearer focus. Slorn, the wizard who made Nico’s coat, has disappeared, and his daughter has asked Eli to find him.

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Rebecca C
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Jamie
This is the third book in the Eli Monpress series, and I think it's probably the best so far. Here, we get a little bit more info about who Nico really is, what she's capable of, and see her find a way to get the demon under control.

Meanwhile, Eli is searching for Slorn, the great half-man, half-bear Shaper wizard who has gone missing after the death of his wife. Hoping to find answers, he heads to the demon's mountain itself and discovers a lot more than he bargained for.

Miranda is still trying
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Lyudmil Kolev
Nice third part, even a little more interesting, in my opinion, than the second part, because of the many characters involved in the plot. But I wonder why Miranda after struggling for justice and compassion, allowing her dog to eat pigs from someone's yard. Where is goodness here? Anyway, very nice read, making me read the last 100 pages in one sitting.
Brad
Another great entry in the series. I've been enjoying the scope has been expanding as the series has continued, and we're getting more backstory on the main characters. A few new characters have joined the cast or been a little more fleshed out, and I've enjoyed that. Things built to a nice climax with a solid resolution.

This series continues to be an easy recommendation to fantasy fans. Those who actively dislike the genre should probably just stick with book 1.

Rating: PG-13 for some intense sc
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Cissa
While I think one needs the other volumes to get to this point, I love the way Aaron is expanding and detailing the world here, especially with the animistic magic, the theology, and the various political/mystical interests who are all vying for power. Nicely done!

The plot in this one is extra-twisty, which is excellent. The characters develop, as does the world itself. The gods are flawed and somewhat myopic, in a genuine bow to actual polytheology (even if that was not intended). Even people a
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Andi
Wow, that story was different. Better, but something is still slightly missing. I think I just don't care for Eli as a character because he is such a shit to everyone - even his friends. I mean, this book he just started admitting that he cared for them but I just felt it was fake/forced. I can't get into a story if I can't believe that the main character is an honest shit. :/

Is it just me, or is there some strange similarities with this book series and Lupin the III?

Still, I think I need to cl
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Melody
First off, the cover of this trilogy omnibus lies. There is NO romance at all in this series. I had severe doubts about this book but it turned out really good. Miranda Lyonette has finally decided to grow up and stop being so conceited and single minded. Now if only Eli Monpress would get over his childish need to prove his worth to his father monitarily and grow up he might become a truly valuable member of society. Of course looking at his parents it's no wonder he has issues. Joseph and Nico ...more
Courtney
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Jolien
Originally at The Fictional Reader

Before I talk about the actual story, I just want to dedicate a moment to the cover of this book. This series is absolutely amazing, but the covers are so terrible! I’d never guess this was a high fantasy novel about a wizard thief. I’m guessing that this is supposed to be Nico? Let’s just say that in my head, Nico doesn’t have the time -nor does she care- to put on twenty coats of eyeliner. Just, no. Anyway, let’s talk about the actual book.

This book focuses mo
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Ithlilian
It would probably be easier if I wrote this review on the computer, but I am curled up in a blanket and don't feel like traveling to the computer.

I really enjoy this series, and as of this moment it is one of the few books that have not irritated me or put me to sleep lately. This book focuses on Nico, who was the most mysterious and potentially interesting of the group. Miranda never sat well with me, and still doesn't come off as very likable, so I am glad she wasn't too large of a focus in t
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Tony Kelly
I picked up this series to try to fill in the long gap between Scott's Locke Lamora series (I'm stillllll waiting for the next book to come out.) I read somewhere that this series was similar to his own, but I'd say that's only because they both involve famous thieves (famous within their fantasy worlds that is). Otherwise, the series are pretty much nothing alike. I was sort of lukewarm toward the storyline. I feel like Eli is sort of a let down. I like Eli when he is showcased more and trying ...more
Sharon
Wow. This series just went from an entertaining light read to the heavier end of the world stuff. I like both, for their own different reasons.

I feel like there was WAY more character development in this one. The characters had real personal struggles and had to decide what was most important to them. Fabulous! We also get to see even more of the world and its workings and people.

I didn't like hanging around in Nico and Josef's minds so much, because frankly, I find them both to be really borin
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Brenda
Why I read it: 3rd in series
The Plot: With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it's time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny seaside village, Eli and his companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.
Nico, however, is finding it a bit hard. Plagued by a demon's voice in her head and feeling powerless, she only sees herself as a burden. Everyone's holiday comes to an untimely close, though, when Pele arrives
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Bobbi
I'm giving it only 3 stars because I'm once again disappointed in the lack of character development. We get more backstory, especially for Nico, but it just doesn't add much to the picture of who these characters are, in my opinion. What I really want is some insight into what goes on inside their heads. The author has given them surface motivations and tried to explain them, but who they are on a deeper level just doesn't come through. They are rough sketch characters with grab bag reasons. Eli ...more
Mihir

Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: The Spirit Eater is the third book in the Legend of Eli Monpress series and one whose review is long overdue. I had read the book a few months after its release but somehow due to my own laziness never got around to posting the review. So today when Spirit’s Oath (prequel novella) is being released, I realized this would be a good chance to review both stories. In a quintet series this is book III, so to discuss its plot will mean that there w
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Stefan
The Spirit Eater is the third installment in Rachel Aaron’s THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS series. Just like the first two books, The Spirit Thief and The Spirit Rebellion, it’s an entertaining, fast-moving fantasy story, although this newest novel does have a considerably darker edge to it.

The darkness starts right away with the novel’s prologue, in which we learn more about Nico, the girl who contains a demonseed, and about how she met Josef Liechten, the swordsman with the legendary Heart of War
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Dan
I was worried . . . book three was intense! I wasn't dissapointed thought, and the ending was heroic!

Series review to come. Two books left!

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Now THAT was a fun story!

My motivation for reading is simple. I read books to be entertained, and when I've finished reading them I want to feel happy. That's it. Really.

Reading the five books of Eli Monpress satisfied both requirements more simply than any other books I've read. Some books try to be so enlightening they ruin the entertaining part. Oth
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Mike
The Spirit Eater, Rachel Aaron’s thrid novel in The Legend of Eli Monpress series, once again picks up immediately after the previous book. However, whereas the previous two volumes placed a strong emphasis on Eli himself this latest volume places a stronger emphasis on both Nico and Josef. The events of The Spirit Rebellion and the Nico’s newfound ability to hear the voice of her demon have shaken her to the core. The demon’s decision to withhold Nico’s special abilities and Nico’s reluctance t ...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 War (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #4)
  • Spirit's End (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #5)
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“As soon as the cold became uncomfortable, Eli had opened his shirt and had a nice long chat with the burn on his chest. Karon was happy to help them stick it to the ice and wind spirits, and he cheerfully kept the air around Eli as warm and dry as a smokehouse.

“I only wish it didn’t reek of sulfur,” Josef said, pressing up the mountainside. “I’d almost rather deal with the cold.”

“Well, don’t let me stop you,” Eli huffed, though even he looked a little green. “Who am I to stand between a man and his frostbite?”
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