The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron/Rachel Bach
Series: The Legend of Eli Monpress #1
Published by Orbit US on October 1, 2010
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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.
This one was a slog.
I bought this as part of omnibus based off of a great blurb. I started and stopped it a couple of times but I finally buckled down and read in starting in January.
It took me forever to finish this book – it’s not particularly small but it’s not that big, either. It’s well written and the writing is engaging.
So why was it such a slog for me?
I’d have to say it was the characters. Well, one character in particular: Eli. Eli Monpress is supposed to be rather charming. I’m guessing he’s supposed to give the reader a “gentleman thief” kind of feel – someone extremely likeable but untrustworthy – maybe like Pierce Bronsan’s Remington Steele or Scott Lynch’s Locke Lamora.
Sadly, for me Eli wasn’t that likeable. He’s was kinda smarmy and annoying. I feel about him the same way I feel about the main character Jane from The Mentalist: I really want someone to punch him square in the nose.
The side characters were mildly entertaining and all of them have a mysterious background. Meh.
Meeeeh! Meh, I say! (Every time I read this, I picture myself wearing spectacles and a shawl while shaking a cane, lol.)
I have to admit that the last third was much more exciting. That’s when I really started enjoying the read…of course, it was pretty much over at that point. I liked the ending enough that I was kinda annoyed that that was it.
I still have four more books in this series (and I already own the next two) I’m not sure how much more I’ll read. The fact that I have an omnibus does make it more likely that I’ll at least try The Spirit Rebellion. We’ll see.