Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Review: The Spirit Thief

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: October 1, 2010
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.

Taken from Goodreads

Start: 1/4/14  |  End: 1/7/14  |  Pages: 310  |  Rating: 5 Stars

My Thoughts:

I am incredibly impressed with the Rachel Aaron. She really knows how to put together a story. Here's what you need to know about The Spirit Thief.

Don't underestimate this book. It might be a mass market paperback (which I don't know for you, but I don't usually read these, not that I know what the difference is between them and other regular books), but it sure beats some of the other books I read. Also, I had no idea that this WASN'T part of a young adult series. While reading, I understood everything that was going on; no parts of the book were left unexplained.

The great thief Eli Monpress, a young man with a boyish grin, and his companions kidnap the king in order to increase the bounty on his head. Why increase the bounty, you may ask? Well, to be the best thief in the world! The higher the bounty the more valuable you are.

Then there's Miranda, the spiritualist "cop" going after Eli, but initially not because of the king, but because of an ancient artifact sitting in the kingdom's treasury, which allows any wizard incredible power to enslave spirits. Anything can have a spirit, like a tree or a rock, the only problem is that they are usually asleep. Wizards or spiritualists can wake up the spirits in order to ask for help. Finding out about the kidnapping as she arrives, Miranda offers her help to try to bring the king back.

While this is happening, the kidnapped king's older brother, a powerful banished wizard, comes back to the throne in order to offer his "help". He is accompanied by a mercenary, Coriano, who is only in for the fight and bounty of a certain companion in Eli's group, Josef. Both Coriano and Josef have powerful, awakened swords that have a spirit of their own. Coriano is after the sword Josef has, which is called the Heart of War.

And along with all of this, the last companion in Eli's group is a demonseed, called Nico. Basically she can eat spirits, causing discomfort to be both wizards and spirits. If she eats too many spirits, she becomes too powerful, which can cause incredible destruction.

So here we have four different plots going on in the story, and I applaud the author for tying them all together. I think this is what makes the story fun and adventurous. There is always some obstacle or challenge happening that requires the full attention of the reader. The dialogues are always meaningful, with no fillers to try to lengthen the book. Every scene and event was equally as important as the next.

The only tiny, tiny problem I had, was that there wasn't any romance at all. However, I have a slight hunch that the next book in the series will feature more romance, hopefully.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone looking for an adventure.


  1. This seems to be like the book I would enjoy!! Wonderful review!!

    1. Thanks Ini! And yeah it's definitely a book worth reading, even though there's little to no romance in it.


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