Synopses & Reviews
Eli Monpress is vain. He's cocky. And he's a thief. All Eli Monpress wanted was the biggest bounty in the world. He never meant to have obligations, or friends, but master swordsman Josef Leichten and Nico, the daughter of the dead mountain, have saved Eli's life too many times to be called anything else. But, when a friend upsets your plans and ruins all your hard work, what's a thief to do?
After years of running from his birthright, Josef is forced to return home and take up his title as prince. War is coming for humans and spirits between the Immortal Empress and the Council of Thrones, and Josef's little island is right in the middle. But conquest isn't the Empress's only goal, she has a personal vendetta against a certain thief.
What started as a simple side trip to help a friend is rapidly turning into the most dangerous job of Eli's career, but he can't back out now, not when Josef needs him. But when you're under attack from all sides, even the world's greatest thief can find himself cornered, and it's going to take all the fast talking Eli can muster to survive the next few days.
Praise for The Spirit Thief
"Fans of Scott Lynch's Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) will be thrilled with Eli Monpress." - Booklist (Starred Review)
"A romp of a lighthearted fantasy starring an absolutely darling rogue." --- Publishers Weekly
"Full of humor and suspense, this action-packed fantasy adventure is highly enjoyable." --- SciFiChick.com
"A charming and fast-paced caper with intriguing worldbuilding and interesting characters." --- RT Book Reviews (4 stars)
" This book was a nice surprise and a complete winner for me. Rachel Aaron has written a fun story which can be best described as "Terry Brooks Meets Scott Lynch" in a lighter vein." --- Fantasy Book Critic
Eli Monpress is vain. He's cocky. And he's a thief.
But he's a thief who has just seen his bounty topped and he's not happy about it. The bounty topper, as it turns out, is his best friend, bodyguard, and master swordsman, Josef. Who has been keeping secrets from Eli. Apparently, he's the only prince of a rather feisty country and his mother (a formidable queen who's every bit as driven and stubborn as he is) wants him to come home and do his duty, which means throwing over personal ambitions like proving he's the greatest swordsman who ever lived.
Family drama aside, Eli and Josef have their hands full. The Spirit Court has been usurped by the Council of Thrones and someone calling herself the Immortal Empress is staging a massive invasion. But it's not just politics --- the Immortal Empress has a specific target in mind: Eli Monpress, the greatest thief in the world.
About the Author
Rachel Aaron grew up wanting to be an author and a super villain. Unfortunately, super villainy proved surprisingly difficult to break into, so she stuck to writing and everything worked out great. She currently lives in Athens, GA with her perpetually energic toddler, extremely understanding husband, overflowing library, and obese wiener dog. You can find out more about Rachel and all her books at rachelaaron.net
Rachel also writes science fiction under the name Rachel Bach. Learn more about her latest triloy, The Paradox series, and read sample chapters for yourself at rachelbach.net!