Cannonball Read IV

A bunch of Pajibans reading and reviewing and honoring AlabamaPink.

meilufay’s #CBR4 review #59 The Spirit Thief (Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron

This is going to be a short review because I’m 25 books behind.

Rachel Aaron’s Eli Monpress series is one of those fantasy series that attempts to tell stand-alone stories with in each novel but then have an arc that progresses over the entire series.  One thing I’ve noticed with these series is that the first book does a pretty good job of being self-contained and that usually the series gets increasingly more pear-shaped from there.  The series that I like the best (such as Patricia Brigg’s Mercedes Thompson series) are the ones that tell self-contained stories so that each novel is a sequel to the last.  It’s just a personal preference.

The first book in the Eli Monpress series is a lot of fun, very similar in tone to the Princess Bride or AA Milne’s Once Upon A Time.  It tells of the adventures of Eli Monpress, the self-proclaimed greatest thief in the world.  It’s a lighthearted romp.  I enjoyed this book.  I wouldn’t recommend anyone go out of their way to read it, but if you’re in the mood for something easy and entertaining, and you generally like these sorts of books, then I can recommend it.


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