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The Spirit Rebellion

(The Legend of Eli Monpress #2)

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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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Paperback, 441 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published October 26th 2010)
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Em Lost In Books
3.5*

Another full of fun and entertaining entry in the series, and what an apt name for the book. I really love it when the title of the story start making sense and this title is perfect for this book.
Felicia
Dec 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Lesa Divine
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 🌟

Continued from part 1.

Eli still up to no good. Trying to out do himself when it comes to being a thief.

Miranda is judged for what happens in part 1. Things doesn't go right for her. But she finds a way to redeem herself.

I enjoyed.
Again a fantasy with NO LOVE story. Yay....
Eliza Crewe
Jan 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Solidly good. Maybe even better than the first one.
Narilka
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fbr, read-in-2019, ebook
The Spirit Rebellion is the second in The Legend of Eli Monpress series by Rachel Aaron. The story takes a slightly darker turn as Miranda deals with the results of her actions from the first book and Eli is on to his next robbery.

Thanks to their escape in Mellinor, Niko needs a new coat. Who better to make a customer coat for her rather specific needs than a master Shaper wizard? Which, of course, comes with a high cost: an incredibly rare, if useless, sword made from bone metal. The catch? The
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Stefan
Oct 06, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Charlie
Apr 02, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf
The Spirit Rebellion (The Legend of Eli Monpress, #2) by Rachel Aaron

I kind of expected to DNF this which I ultimately did. This is the second book in the series and I had my doubts on the first one, but I'm just so bored with this story. Everytime I pick it up, I want to put it back down and it makes me feel stressed out. The story bores me. It's not exciting to me at all and I don't particularly care for the characters either. It's sad, but I'm glad I tried it. Now I know I don't want to continue on with this series.
Ahdam Rana
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5

Pretty decent

Now I read the first part a bit over a year ago, and I gave it a 3. It was an ok read, but I was a bit disappointed, mainly because I had high expectations, and the main villain wasn't memorable or was impactful for me.

However, I can say that this book is a lot better than the first one as we learn more about specific characters and the villain of this story is far more impactful devious in this story than the last.

Despite this, I feel like the book raises the stakes only sligh
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Lane
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5

I'm not sure exactly what it was, but this book felt a little more tedious to read than the first one. Perhaps it was because the characters spent so much time apart before they finally come together that the story jumped around a lot and didn't feel entirely cohesive. I also didn't get as much of the fun banter between Eli and Miranda that existed in the first book, though there is a bit of it. The expansion of Nico's background was intriguing but still kind of left much to
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Timelord Iain
Not as light and fun as the first book. Adding more layers to the story brought a bit more darkness to it all, but still a great book and a great series.
Amyiw
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maybe 4 1/2 stars
This brings back the gang though not to Miranda's liking. Miranda is rejected by her own council, initiated by the enemy of her mentor. She is then requested to look into the providence of Gaol by the West Wind and cannot refuse without going against her morals. So her bargest and she are off to investigate.

Eli and his band are going to the same providence and city looking to steal an object as payment for the help Niko received from a special maker, swords and other objects. Wh
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Bry
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Ryn
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fantasy
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
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Enzo
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is another one Goodreads a definite 4.5 stars if I could do it that way. But in truth I really love this series. Eli is a great character even when he seems to not be the main character of this book. Its a great universe and you get to see a little more about Eli. But a whole lot more of Miranda Lyonette. The Spirit Court which is so interesting all on its own. Miranda's dealings with her spirits and just exactly how she views them. You also learn a lot about how spirits actually work. ...more
DavidO
Feb 24, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Cst
Feb 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Like the first, this is a deeply flawed book. I would like to ignore that, but a pattern begins to emerge.

The plot is still thin, the world makes no sense and the characters stay flat. The one attempt at character development falls so pathetically flat, I felt bad reading it. The whole book feels frozen at the same stage, with enormous potential that needs to be realized but isn't.
The reading is still fun, with clear action that begins to fray a bit once the spirit world gets involved, but I can
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Elizabeth
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
So I honestly can't remember why I didn't like the first book all that much. I'm betting it was more to do with it not fitting my mood and apparently taking a bigger hit than I usually give ratings wise on that front. But who knows, as I didn't write any notes for it. Here's what I do know: whatever my criticisms were on the first book, they clearly don't hold here. This book manages to be complex but FUN (and all the while dropping even more tantalizing hints to the mysteries that surround Eli) ...more
Jay Holbrook
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
More in the ridiculous adventures of Eli Monpress. We are introduced to more characters that we don't care about in a world that is spinning quickly into yesterday.

Slorn and his daughter are very interesting. Slorn is a shaper, he manipulates spirits (and their physical forms) into their best possible configurations and wakes them up (they become sentient all the time). His daughter works as his assistant, and seems to be interesting, but is only an extra in this made for tv story.

The bad guy is
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Olena
Sep 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Andrea
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fun Eli Monpress book. Kind of a repeat of the first book, but blander on all counts, so somewhere between 3.5/5 and 4/5.

There's not too much new to say. I saw the whole thing with Eli's parentage coming a mile away. Easily the most enjoyable parts of this book were Nico's struggle with the demon, and Eli and Miranda stuck having to work together. Much of the rest was fine, just forgettable, or almost a carbon copy of events that happened in the first book. I kinda feel like we didn't ge
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Richard
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Still here for book two. Still more of a Miranda story than Eli, but something keeps me reading. In this installment you get to see two spiritualists battle it out with their spirits and it seemed like a Pokémon battle. Now I'm unsure if that is a bad thing or not... Anyways, you also get to meet Monpress Sr. so you get a tidbit of Eli's past but not much and zilch on anyone else's. A fun read if nothing else.
Berk
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

I haven’t loved a series this much for a while. These books are quickly becoming some of my favorites of all time. It is like reading an action manga like one piece but in novel form. I don’t know how else to describe it.
Janice
Another fun adventure by the wily thief, Eli Monpress. I'm looking forward to more.
Krista Hansen
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this series, but I keep getting bored. I was hoping that as the books progressed, the story would grow in depth in terms of character and plot. The second novel, however was just more of the same. Much of the plot is repetitions of the last book. The characters still don’t have much depth. We rarely get much insight into their deeper feelings and motivations. This is especially true for Eli. He’s the namesake of the series, yet we get precious little time inside his head, ...more
Jacob
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. Bralick
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
Byron
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Andi
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
I think I found out why this book/series is not sitting with me well.

The main character is a piece of shit. I've seen better thief stories portray the lead characters better than this. Eli honestly has a very difficult, very hard way of showing any friendship or care for his friends. Because of this, I have a hard time reading his portions of the book. I become more excited when Nico or Josepf show up because I find them better written and better fleshed out than Eli.

The other reason I'm not dig
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Scott
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Meh


I started reading this series because people compared it to the Ryria stories of Michael J. Sullivan but it's pretty clear these stories can't hold a candle to Ryria.

I would compare Rachel Aaron's books to a Michael Bay movie - lots of action, adrenaline, pretty people with lots of power but...no depth, no real story behind the scenes, no character development.

A popcorn book

And there's nothing wrong with that if that's what you're in the mood for - at this moment I was actually in the mood f
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Tammie
Aug 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Spirit Rebellion 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 ...more
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