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.