Review: The Spirit Rebellion (Legend of Eli Monpress #2) by Rachel Aaron

the spirit rebellion

Title: The Spirit Rebellion
Author: Rachel Aaron
Series: Legend of Eli Monpress #2
Published: November 1st, 2010 by Orbit
Genres: (high) fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars

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I won’t include a synopsis, seeing as it is the second book in the series.

Review

After reading the first book and loving it, I immediately went on to the second one. I have a review of the first one up as well, which you can find here. I often have a problem finishing series. I pick the first one up and enjoy it but don’t feel like continuing immediately. With the Legend of Eli Monpress, I knew I had to go on as soon as possible. I just couldn’t let go of the world and the characters yet. And the sequel didn’t disappoint either!

In this novel, we get to see a tiny bit more of Eli’s past. Once I finished the first book I realized that I knew next to nothing about Eli -aside from the obvious characteristics. We get a little glimpse here, yet I want to know so much more. I have so much questions about him. Who the hell is the White Lady? But in a weird way, I don’t mind being left in the dark for a bit more. I feel like I’m waiting for the big reveal, and I have a feeling my mind is going to be blown.

I really enjoyed reading more about every character. Even though I just said that I know next to nothing about Eli’s past I do feel like you get to know him. Like you don’t need his past to know his character. And the same for Nico and Josef. You learn more about each of them. You can see Nico struggling with the demonseed inside her and get to explore Josef’s unwillingness to pick up the Heart of War in a fight. And Miranda! Her situation changes so much from the first book yet she still holds her beliefs and hopes -even if Gin, her dog, has to remind her once.

Overall, I thought this was a solid sequel! The story itself was very interesting, I never knew where it was going to go. In the first novel you know from the synopsis that Eli is stealing the king and everything unfolds from there. Here, I didn’t know where to even begin, which was so much fun!

I picked up the third book and am currently reading that. So far, it’s a series I would highly recommend -even if the covers aren’t pretty. At all.

Review: The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron

the spirit thief

Title: The Spirit Thief
Author: Rachel Aaron
Series: The Legend of Eli Monpress #1
Published: October 1st, 2010 by Orbit
Genres: (High) fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Synopsis: 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.

Review

Let me just start by saying that while I expected this book to be good, I didn’t expect for it to be THIS good -I have quite high standards for fantasy reads. I have barely any free time at the moment because of university, yet I read this book in two sittings. In fact, the only reason I didn’t finish it in one sitting is because it was midnight and I had to go to class the next day.

The wizards in this world are very different than what I’ve read before. Often, they talk about using energy and channeling it to do whatever they want. In this world however, the only way a magician differs from a normal human is that they can hear the spirits talking. Normal humans can’t do so. Everything has a spirit. The bench you sit on, the trees and grass outside, the curtain, everything. They all talk, yet only wizards can hear them. These spirits make wizardry possible. There are different kinds of wizards: Sipiritualists and Enslavers. Spiritualists make a sort of contract with spirits: their service for the wizard’s energy. The spirits enter into service willingly but they are servants of the Spiritualist. An Enslaver however, breaks a spirits will until it does what the wizard wants it to do.

Do you see how incredible the world already sounds? Then there is the Spirit Court: he ones who keep the balance between spirits, wizards and humans. Eli Monpress is a wizard and a thief, which makes him a violator of the rules of the Spirit Court. Which is why Miranda -a Spiritualist- is sent to Mellinor, to catch Eli before he steals a precious artifact.

I don’t want to tell you where the story starts off or where it goes because you just have to experience it for yourself. Just know that it is absolutely magical! Also, I was expecting a different story. I was expecting it to be more like The Lies of Locke Lamora, where they slowly build up to the theft/score. Here, that wasn’t the case. Yet I loved it too. SO MUCH.

And the characters. I can’t even… First of all, Eli is pretty much the most fun character to read about. He’s funny, witty -and a bit arrogant too- and I can definitely say that his motivation for stealing is unique. His traveling companions are very interesting too! Then there is Miranda, the Spiritualist of the Spirit Court. She’s smart, stubborn and proud yet she is a lovable character. And her giant dog (?) Gin was witty and loyal and just great. I can’t even.

I am going to read the second book immediately, because I can’t let go of the characters and the world. I NEED MORE. Rachel Aaron, I can’t applaud you enough for creating this.