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Spirit's End

(The Legend of Eli Monpress #5)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,744 ratings  ·  289 reviews
Eli Monpress is clever, he's determined, and he's in way over his head.

First rule of thievery: don't be a hero. When Eli broke the rules and saved the Council Kingdoms, he thought he knew the price, but resuming his place as the Shepherdess's favorite isn't as simple as bowing his head. Now that she has her darling back, Benehime is setting in motion a plan that could dest
Paperback, 560 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Orbit
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Em Lost In Books
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-19, 2019, 4-star
A befitting end to a story which started as a light and humorous read turned darker with every new edition. A great series with an interesting magic system.
TS Chan
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Easily one of the most addictive and fun fantasy series I’ve read in recent memory, the Legend of Eli Monpress concluded most satisfactorily, and now occupies my list of favourites.

Then I realised that the damn wily and charming thief has also stolen something precious from me. There is an empty space where my heart used to be as I bid goodbye to my favourite thief. Can I pledge a huge bounty to capture him alive, please?

This final volume started with a Prologue from young Eli’s perspective a
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic


OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: I’ve been waiting to read this book since Rachel first wowed me with her debut back in 2010. The Spirit Thief was a lighthearted caper that cajoled the readers as much as Eli did the spirits of his world. The story introduced a thief who wanted to reach a specific bounty. Over the course of the next three books, the author revealed her plan and the direction of the storyline while deepening the world
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Ah Eli Monpress series, your time is ending way too soon. I know I should be happy. After all, I get a satisfying conclusion to a series that has avoided turning into a repetitive serial. A series that has avoided bloat. A series that truly did get better with each and every book. And it is not like the author is leaving, she has something new in the works so I will get to read her stuff again. But I sure will miss about new adventures involving this tight cast. I’ll miss you
Eli Monpress is clever, he's determined, and he's in way over his head.

This was a good end to the series. There were perhaps too many people who cheated death, and things may have ended a little too neatly, but overall I enjoyed this series. I recommend it if you enjoyed any of Rachel Aaron's other books.
Rosu Aquabutts
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Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A good series
I enjoyed it.
I recommend it to people who love Sanderson works.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fbr, read-in-2019
Spirit's End is the final book in The Legend of Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron. It is a satisfying ending to a series that went a completely different direction than I was expecting based on the first book. Things have gone seriously wrong and the fate of creation is in the balance. It's up to Eli and friends to save the day.

With this final installment we come full circle and it's back to Eli being the focus. I like how each book has each book has given us insight into a specific character
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Hands down one of my favorites from this year.

A very satisfying ending to this series.

Everyone plays a major role in this outing, and a couple willingly pay the ultimate price.

All the cards are on the table too. No more giving crumbs and tidbits of the larger story. So satisfying.

Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it
You know, I don't know if this book degenerates into the worst ending ever or the best ending ever.

So, all my gripes about Aaron's lack of ability to handle a massive overplot (this is going to be my new word for the plot that ties the whole series together)kind of come to a head. She really kind of writes herself into a corner by setting up this hierarchy of power and setting up this Ultimate Creator creation myth. With human willpower and the responsibilities/ethics theme that runs through the
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
4.5 stars

Tbh I’ve been putting Spirit’s End off for several months. Don’t get me wrong: I really like this series. All of the books are great, and I wasn’t lying with my ratings. However, the lack of romance was getting to me, and I was just sort of done. Only I had one more book left. I took a break and reread Harry Potter and read a couple other things too, but the time had come. I decided I was going to finish Spirit’s End, no matter what, even though I wasn’t in the mood. Well trolololol I w
Denae Christine
Reader thoughts: Absolutely amazing.
I've been wracking my brain all week, and I can only come up with three series where I really liked the end. This is one of them.

My friend warned me this book would be intense, but in my arrogance I thought, "Oh, of course, the books have been getting more intense, this is just like before." No. The other books gained intensity in linear progression. This one was exponential. I literally had to set the book down two or three times because my mind was blown. I
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series
A good ending to a great series, but I can't say I enjoyed it as much as books 3 and 4. That said, it was full of excitement and resolved all the open questions very well. The ending was perfect and I love that the very last scene made me chuckle! :)

Rachel Aaron delivers an entertaining series without ticking all the boxes typical of most books. The lack of a "predictable" outcome in a particular plot point is my strongest recommendation for this series. It's a spoiler though not a huge one, but
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
In which we finally find out what's been behind the events of the previous books. (Well, we've been getting bits & pieces of backstory already.) Long story short: Eli, who has a real way with the spirits that manifest in pretty much everything in the world (in this setting, most so-called wizards are actually Spiritualists who've made bargains with one or more spirits of wind, fire, water, etc.), is also a serious favorite of Benehime, the Goddess who runs the world. But, for various entirely ap ...more
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, series, caper
You know, even after finishing this entire series, I'm not really sure how I feel about it. It's a fun, well-fleshed world, with an intriguing magic system, but overall things just fell a little flat for me and I can't really put muy finger on why.

This last book pretty much ties everything up neatly and hands it to us in a bow.

Also, I'm hoping the HUGE number of typos (mostly homophones) in my ebook will be fixed soon.
Hannah Greendale
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
The fifth and final book to the series, Spirit's End follows the same plot formula as books one, two, and three. Nothing new here.
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another "read" by audiobook.

An excellent end to the trilogy, with some wonderful twists. Not the ending I expected. A lovely world concept, taken all the way to its logical ends.

The reader was quite good, with identifiable voices for characters/spirits and a different tone entirely for the narrator.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I finished this a while back. I LOVE the books about Eli Monpress and his friends. It's a fun ride with well-developed characters you'll remember forever. Definitely recommend this series if you like fantasy novels.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good ending to an interesting series. I love how she wrapped everything up and took care of things I did not see coming.
I would have loved to see more of the spirits for everything talking, LOL. The bit with the tea cup near the end was funny.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, what a wonderful series! Every book better than the last with fantastic characters and worldbuilding to boot. I'm sad it's over but loved the journey.
Mister Pete
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
The fifth novel in The Legend of Eli Monpress series brings us to the exciting conclusion and neatly wraps up the final lingering questions. It's even more epic than the previous book and maintains the 'feel good adventure' vibe even as the stakes are raised higher and the situation becomes more dire.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What to say... It was perfect. Beautifully done, it left me with a feeling of completeness, I didn't even attempt to start a book today, even though the story was very well finished.
I've complained in previous reviews of books in this series about the sudden left turn it took in (I think) Book 3, where the fun, exuberant heists and cons were abruptly converted into serious epic fantasy with cosmic stakes. I'm still annoyed by that. It's a good serious epic fantasy with cosmic stakes, but I didn't originally pick it up as that; I wanted fun heists.

Anyway, in this book, the serious epic fantasy with cosmic stakes comes to a great conclusion, well worth staying around for - a
Dec 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2014
Originally at The Fictional Reader

I did it. I read this entire series in the month of December! I almost never finish an entire series at once because after 2 or 3 books I feel filled with the world, like I need to take a break from it. The Legend of Eli Monpress series was the complete opposite of that for me: I couldn’t get enough of this!

If you don’t know what this series is about, here’s the basic synopsis of the first book: Eli Monpress is the greatest thief in the world and he means to pro
J. Bralick
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow...this was a phenomenal end to the lovely Eli Monpress saga...I'm still stunned and amazed and a little breathless from that wild ride of a book. Rachel Aaron did a masterful job of weaving little threads throughout the whole series, only to draw them out and show their interweaving pattern in this final book. This is masterful craftsmanship at its finest. And not only that, but all of those characters who have kind of grown into the story along the way now prove to be vital to its outcome.

Audrey Bauman
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a conclusion. I'm still having problems thinking coherently right now, but I'm very, very satisfied. No spoilers, but everything was explained, it all made sense, everyone was totally in character and there were pretty much no loose ends. My favorite part is probably that Rachel Aaron kept the feel of the series throughout the whole apocalyptic situation - the world is ending, but Eli's still Eli.

The only thing that bothers me a bit is that even though this is the book where all this
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(My video reviewing the whole series can be found here: )

While I greatly enjoyed the first four installments, this was by far the best book of the series. During the first few volumes, I hadn't even suspected that such a deep story would emerge; they seemed like simple tales of magic and thievery. However, as the themes for this book started to emerge in Book 4, my interests grew, and I was so happy to see all the mysteries of this world unravel. I honestly think I l
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Rachel Aaron- just an FYI, this story does NOT have to end! In fact, the end of this book makes for a wonderful beginning of a new series.

The five books in this series make a wonderful crescendo, with the final installment fully explaining all the big questions from previous installments. Sometimes I read a large series of novels, and you wonder if the author has the end game in mind- the way these stories came together, it was obvious that Aaron understood her world from the beginning. In addi
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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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