THE SPIRIT WAR
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.
This last year has been is amazing in terms of new series. But in my opinion one of the best to come out was Rachel Aaron’s Eli Monpress series. Eli Monpress like the books his series is full of witty dialog, likable, and full of surprises. Rachel Aaron just does such a fantastic job creating such likable and engaging characters that keep the readers glued to the page.
Of course after all this praise it should come as no surprise to anyone that I am a huge fan of The Spirit War. I received an early copy of the book, and within a day was done with it. It was that good. If anything Aaron has improved in this next to last installment in the series. All of the characters from Eli, to Joseph, to Miranda are given the chance for readers to see them in different lights. Joseph’s back story gets fully flushed out, readers finally get the chance to find out why Eli chose a life of crime, and many of the mysteries of the Shepherdess are finally revealed as we learn about the stars, the shapers, and some of the events that have made the world the way it is.
Of course, the main characters are not the only ones to be looked into in this fantastic installment in the series. Both of Eli’s parents and their relationship are explored. Readers will discover how Eli’s parents met, why he ran away, and even why the split up.
While I love the characters in this book, the action and the surprises in The Spirit War are also superb. Joseph, Eli, Nico, and Miranda all face some of the toughest battles of their lives and readers will not soon forget these exciting events. Aaron does such a fantastic job crafting exciting scenes, characters, and witty dialog that readers will lose track of time, and wont be able to put down this captivating masterpiece until the last page, which will leave them speechless and begging for more.
Published: June 5, 2012
Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316198382/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title