Bee Reviews THE SPIRIT THIEF by Rachel Aaron // A Lot of Fun With Wonderful Characters… But Not Much Else?

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Bee Reviews THE SPIRIT THIEF by Rachel Aaron // A Lot of Fun With Wonderful Characters… But Not Much Else?

The Spirit Thief

by Rachel Aaron
Series: The Legend of Eli Monpress #1
Published on October 1st 2010
by Orbit
Genres: Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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.

3.5 Stars

Well, wasn’t this just a big ball of fun? Yes it was. I mean, it has a stabby swordsman, a cute badass demongirl, a sassy lovable thief and a warrior wizard woman with her pet ghosthound. What more do you need, honestly? Unfortunately, though this book was a lot of fun and I have lots of love for most characters, it wasn’t really much more than that. And that’s a true shame. Though to be fair, I will gladly admit I have been spoiled in the Fantasy department. Very spoiled indeed. (She says while adoringly petting her precious copies of The Lies of Locke Lamora and Six of Crows.)

This lovely book with the tragically horrendous cover (someone save these books please??) was recommended to me by my dear friend Kaye. Which I will thank her for copiously as soon as I have finished this review. As I have mentioned, this book was a lot of fun. The plot moved along at a nice pace and never really dragged at all. There was plenty of action and lovely sassy banter. And there’s a very interesting magic system with wizards and spirits that I really wanted to know more about (because somethings were really vague?? I need more info…).

BUT to me it felt a bit too simple and predictable, plot-wise. The stakes were quite low so I never really sat on the edge of my seat because I feared for my precious character’s lives. It felt a lot like YA most of the time. Very light YA Fantasy. If you’re into that sort of thing, you’ll have a grand time. I’m not a super Fantasy fan so yes, I did have a good time reading this book. I’ve just been spoiled, people. I told you this earlier. Other Fantasy books may have ruined me, I will freely admit that. My standards are very high these days.

With that also came that the first 25% kind of bored me a bit? Because it was mostly someone else’s POV that consisted of other people discussing and grumbling about how great Eli Monpress is rather than just giving us Eli’s POV and showing it to us. It didn’t help that that POV was Miranda’s most of the time. Though yes, Miranda is a badass warrior type wizard that doesn’t need a man to save her… ultimately I didn’t like her as much as I liked Eli and his gang. Even her ghosthound Gin was a lot more fun than her. Unfortunately, we got so much of her POV in this book, ergo me is a bit sad.

The best part of this book, the part that makes me want to continue this series in the first place, is Eli and his lovely gang. There’s Josef, an epic swordsman that is sometimes grumpy but cheers up when he gets to stab all the people. (Who doesn’t?) And also Nico, a cute demon-girl who is also super badass but feared by everyone because of what she is. She’s still chill af though. I loved her. AND the best character, the MVP, is of course Eli himself. He’s such a clever, witty, child-like, sassy thief. I adore him. And I love his friendship with Josef and Nico. He’s just the best, honestly. He amused me to no end and I will read all of the books he is in just because he’s so very lovely.

In the end, The Spirit Thief was a lot of fun. Even though it felt a bit simple, the characters made it worth the read for me. Mostly Eli. I have a thing for sassy thieves. BUT WHO DOESN’T THOUGH? Should you read this book? Yes, you should. Absolutely. If only so we can flail over our mutual love of Eli.


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