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Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. And he's a thief. But not just any thief. He's the greatest thief of the age - and he's also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he's going to put his plan into effect. The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he'll need to steal some big things. But he'll start small for now. He'll just steal something that no one will miss - at least for a while. Like a king. The Legend of Eli Monpress includes the novels: The Spirit Thief, The Sprit Rebellion, and The Spirit Eater.
Reviews I like this series but couldn't give it five stars because the magic system is just not very well thought out, especially all the strange consequences...
That being said, it is a fun series that I DO recommend to anyone. I especially like how the characters, though to describe them as complex may be a little
strong, are intriguing. Each character has their own story and growth that kept me reading to find out how they would react and change.
Also, though I didn't see anyone place this in the young adult section, I wanted to note that it does read like a young adult series. Don't let this stop you though because it is a fun read! ================================================== The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress) is the first book in the collection, it starts off with a rather amusing conversation between a man and a prison cell door. Normally this would not only be amusing, but a rather one sided conversation expect for the quickly explained fact that he this man is a wizard. There are many kinds of wizards as you know, being the vague term that it is. Some summon demons, others ride trains and go to school to learn to fling wands about without doing collateral damage.
Well this man is the type of wizard who can talk to things and really anything for that matter. Swords, fire, bricks, trees, winds, birds, and as mentioned, doors. So being a wizard really only means that your options for company are much larger than a normal person. Well that and you can bargain with or force things to do your bidding. So when you can sweet talk a door into letting you out, they become much less effective as obstacles.
We quickly discover that this man's name is Eli Monpress and that he's a wanted thief and proud of it. What he steals next is a little out of the ordinary for him and is in fact the king of whose dungeon he had been spending the morning in.
This is where the second main character comes in. A young lady named Miranda from the Spirit Court, a magical law enforcement / environmental protection organization. She's come to capture Eli and ensure he doesn't steal some magical relic. To be honest, she's rather annoying at first but I think that's the point. The embodiment of all that is good and right with a short tempter. The hero that will rant to the villains on their evilness in the middle of combat. But its clearly apart of her character growth as you continue. So she arrives to find the king gone and begins the hunt for Eli and his odd crew.
It is soon revealed that nor Eli or Miranda are the antagonists but more like different sides to the same coin, constantly flipping in hopes to end up on top. Ransoms are demanded, traps set and a mercenary with homicidal sword hired, all while the true villain pulls the strings from the sidelines.
The main problem with Spirit Thief is that, as far as world and plot, you barely get your feet wet. Its more a prequel to the other books than the first and beyond character interest, doesn't give you much reason to keep going but you'll understand the world rather well by end. That's why this 3 book edition works so well, because you already have the other two.
So you'll find that in book #2 and #3 the plot thickens to a fate of the world story and by the end each character, even the ones you'd label as henchmen #2 in book one are now perhaps more important than their leaders in a way.
The plot is a bit thin in places but you really read this series for lovable characters, adventure and classic sense of magic. You're given information just enough to keep you happy but never as much as you like keeping you constantly hungry for more.
I must mention that the audiobook versions (Spirit Thief, Spirit Rebellion and Spirit Eater) are also great fun and well narrated..
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