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

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  3,668 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
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
Paperback, 422 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dec 25, 2011 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Shari Kay
Sep 02, 2016 Shari Kay rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I like this author's stories. I enjoy her easy writing style. She has quite the imagination with the way the "spirits" all work. Good stuff. So why not a higher rating?

Not enough Eli doing what Eli does. He was captured a lot during this one...and was pretty much helpless. We didn't get his talking spirits into doing his bidding. We didn't get any thieving capers. The twist at the end with the was at the end and only a couple paragraphs. I want to watch Eli being clever not just hea
May 16, 2011 Ryn rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fantasy
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
Mar 25, 2014 Bry rated it really liked it
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
In this third addition to The Legend of Eli Monpress 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. The Spirit Eater 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.
Sep 08, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
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
Zel Polev
Feb 24, 2015 Zel Polev rated it it was amazing
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Oct 10, 2010 Lexie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
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
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: 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.

(Not to give anything away, but books 4 a
Jan 16, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it
Re-posting my review as it appears from my column "Reading Realms" at The Outhouse Website:

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
Jul 17, 2012 Kristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-goal-60
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
Feb 07, 2016 Cst rated it it was ok
I didn't hate the previous books, I tolerated them. They were repetitive but promised something more. This one is boring.

I don't really like being bored by a book. I tend to feel bad for the author who wanted to write something entertaining and clearly failed. I especially do not want to feel this way after reading the first couple of pages.
Once again we get a clumsy attempt at character background, followed by several chapters calmness before the inevitable stormy later part. I have read this b
Bruna Bellini
Nov 24, 2014 Bruna Bellini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 27, 2015 Kati rated it liked it
I loved the twist with Eli's parents, who they actually are. And I'm fascinated by the Benehime' obsession with Eli, it's intriguing and creepy at the same time. What I didn't like was that Eli has become a guest star in his own series, shoved aside and appointed a secondary part to make room for a slew of other characters. I also didn't like Miranda - what else is new? - can that woman just jump off a cliff and never return? What an annoying character.

Also, am I the only one who doesn't feel t
Lyudmil Kolev
Jul 24, 2013 Lyudmil Kolev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
3,5 stars

The cover of this is still horrid. Like look at that, it's supposedly a picture of Nico, but what's with the raccoon liner? That wonkyass eyebrow? It just looks like Nico was supposed to be a high school goth girl with questionable fashion sense. Also, it's kind of cheesy romance novel. Absolutely hilarious.

In this one Eli and his team of misfits gets caught up in stuff while they are looking for Slorn, the bear-headed Shaper man. Demon creatures come and start to devour everything to

I did not expect that. It was... Slow beginning but when it came to the action there was action!

A few notes on the characters:

Miranda is (view spoiler)

Nico broke my heart. (view spoile
Aug 23, 2010 Mihir rated it it was amazing

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
3.5 stars rounded down because:

First, the good things, because I’m positive like that. And also because the good is so much shorter than the bad.

One of the main attractions of this series will always be…wait for it…the man himself. Eli Monpress. In all his awesome snarky childishness.

Josef nodded. “It’s as low as we get. No one will find us there.”

“But home is so boring,” Eli said. “Nothing happens.”

Josef crossed his arms over his chest. “Nothing’s supposed to happen. Do you not understa
Dec 03, 2016 Regina rated it really liked it
Nico has been growing on me over the first two books, so I was happy to see that the third book would be "her story".
We also get to meet a couple of new characters (whom I would like to read more about, btw), and we get to know the usual suspects a lot better.

What I really like about Rachel's characters is that they are very consistent (even if their motives may not always be clear to the reader at the time).

Looking forward to book #4 in the series! :)
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jan 17, 2017 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it liked it
Not only is Eli's bounty getting closer to his personal goal, Nico a member of his team,
is at the edge of loosing her battle with the demon that inhabits her body.
On another plane, the Shepherdess is ignoring her duties, and is distracted by her obsession
with Eli.
Some of Aaron's plot reminded me of the ancient Celtic legend of Taslin.
Feb 13, 2017 Bethany rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Still really enjoying this series, moving on to the next one!
Jeremy Glassford
Jan 08, 2017 Jeremy Glassford rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Good, but not what I had expected or hoped for.

This book isn't bad, but at the same time I only gave it two stars because I feel it didn't fulfill the promise that the beginning of the series made to me.

When I read the first book, I was amazed by its creativity, and I found it humorous. The first book felt light-hearted, this book felt dark and deep. I get what the author is/was doing, but I feel a bit like I was bait and switched. Like when you go to a movie expecting a comedy and get a tragedy
May 18, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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
Dec 03, 2014 Jolien rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014, fantasy
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
Oct 01, 2016 JC rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-firsttime, kindle, 2016
This is easily the most complex book in this series. I really enjoyed it and where the story is going. While the first two books were fun stories with simple magic systems, this book delves a lot more into the world and we learn a lot more about some of the main characters. Looking forward to the next books and the complexity of the world to be explored.
Oct 06, 2010 Stefan rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Oct 08, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was worried . . . book three was intense! I wasn't dissapointed thought, and the ending was heroic!

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
Feb 09, 2011 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Becca C
Nov 08, 2014 Becca C rated it it was amazing
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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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The Legend of Eli Monpress (5 books)
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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?”
“What we did and who we were are just dregs compared to who we are now and how we act when the sword is coming down.” 2 likes
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