The Spirit Eater (The Legend of Eli Monpress #3)
Nico, however, is finding it a bit hard. Plagued by a demon's voice in her head and feeling powerless, she only sees hersel ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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....more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Series review to come. Two books left!
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 ...more
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“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?”