The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron
Eli Monpress is brilliant. He's incorrigible. And he's a thief. He's also still at large, which drives Miranda Lyonette crazy. While she's been kicked out of the Spirit Court, Eli's had plenty of time to plan his next adventure. But now the tables have turned, because Miranda has a new job - and an opportunity to capture a certain thief. Things are about to get exciting for Eli. He's picked a winner for his newest heist. His target: the Duke of Gaol's famous 'thief-proof' citadel. Eli knows Gaol is a trap, but what's life without challenges? Except the Duke is one of the wealthiest men in the world, a wizard who rules his duchy with an iron fist, and an obsessive perfectionist with only one hobby: Eli. It seems that everyone is hunting for Eli Monpress.
I was thoroughly delighted by the first installment in the Legend of Eli Monpress series, The Spirit Thief. Aaron's combination of simplistic storytelling, witty dialogue and fast-paced action made for excellent reading. And she continues to play to these strengths in the second book, The Spirit Rebellion.
The story picks up directly where it left off in The Spirit Thief and we continue to follow the group of thieves (Eli, Josef and Nico), as well as Miranda from the Spirit Court. There is also one striking new edition: Giuseppe Monpress, and I must say that his addition made for a great deal of additional fun, particularly in the form of the banter between himself and Eli, and I hope that Giuseppe will be appearing again in the upcoming books.
What I liked most about The Spirit Rebellion was the way in which Aaron wrote the story. Her writing style is natural and unforced, her character's dialogue smooth and her action and fighting scenes superbly done. At the end of the second book, when the action continues to build, there were several sentences that she used that really captivated me and just forced me - lets say enslavement for those who have read the first book - to continue. When Josef had a battle there was “What happened next happened in an instant”; when Miranda had a face-off there was “What happened next was almost too fast to see” and finally when Eli had one of his brilliant moments there was “What happened next seemed to unfold in slow motion”. These type of sentences made the story for me.
In The Spirit Thief the usage of magic consisted of using a spirit for each purpose i.e. a fire spirit for making flames, but also that each piece of the world was a spirit in itself. The utilization of spirits continues in more depth in The Spirit Rebellion and it was an endlessly fascinating area.
Another plus point for The Spirit Thief is the depiction if its heroes: Eli, Josef, Nico and even Miranda. They are the main focus of the story, each has their own strengths and weaknesses and they are, very importantly, not overly powerful or invincible. Each character encounters challenges which lead to them maturing and this character development really added an extra dimension to each.
The Spirit Rebellion is a worthy sequel to The Spirit Thief. Aaron's writing style matures well while maintaining her light-hearted touch. There is plenty of action complemented by witty dialogue and I am very curious to see how the events unfold in the following books. Aaron definitely has talent.
This The Spirit Rebellion book review was written by Jasper de Joode
All reviews for: The Legend of Eli Monpress
The Spirit Thief
The Legend of Eli Monpress: Book 1
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...
The Spirit Rebellion
The Legend of Eli Monpress: Book 2
Eli Monpress is brilliant. He's incorrigible. And he's a thief. He's also still at large, which drives Miranda Lyonette crazy. While she's been kicked out o...
The Spirit Eater
The Legend of Eli Monpress: Book 3
With the pressure on after his success in Gaol, Eli Monpress, professional thief and degenerate, decides it's time to lie low for a bit. Taking up residence in a tiny s...
Have you read The Spirit Rebellion?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
The Spirit Rebellion reader reviews
Stefan from UK
Rachel Aaron breezes through what is often called the "difficult second book", In fact, she improves upon her first novel, which is a sign of a good writer getting even better. She maintains the tension and mystery while also keeping the humour witty - no mean achievement. After the first book readers will be familiar with the characters and here they grow further and become excellent companions. The Spirit Rebellion is a great book, one which I read in only a few days, which is for me very fast and the best commendation I can offer.
9.6/10 from 2 reviews
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth....
When a scrawny, unwanted child - so lowly that she does not even have a name - is sold into slavery, a chain of events is set in motion that will have a profound impact on ...
Matthew Woodring Stover
Renowned throughout the land of Ankhana as the Blade of Tyshalle, Caine has killed his share of monarchs and commoners, villains and heroes. He is relentless, unstoppable, ...
To find the Sword, unearth the Barrow. To unearth the Barrow, follow the Map. When a small crew of scoundrels, would-be heroes, deviants, and ruffians discover a map that t...
Age of Assassins
Girton Club-Foot, apprentice to the land's best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But their latest mission tasks him and his master with ...
Where Loyalties Lie
Rob J Hayes
Everybody knows Captain Drake Morass is only out for himself. As the fires of a dying city burn on a distant shore, Drake sees an opportunity to unite the other pirate Capt...
A Dance of Cloaks
The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins... they fear only one man. Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves'...
George RR Martin
A collection of twenty-one original stories by a list of contributors including a new A Game of Thrones story by George R. R. Martin. Follow along with the likes of Gillian...
The Scroll Thief
Malachy and his sister rely on his talents as a thief to survive the dangerous streets of Klathport, former capital of the once-great kingdom of Ithian. Stealing a few pape...
Saddened because they have left one of their number in a grave in the wilderness, Harold and his companions continue their journey to the dreaded underground palace of Hrad...
Treachery and corruption lurk at the end of every street, in the holy city of Othir. It's the perfect place for a freelance assassin with no loyalties and even fewer sc...
The Waking Fire
For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the Blood-blessed - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild dra...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages:
Books of the Month
A selection of books - old and new alike - that were a joy to read.
A corrupted city. A dark dream of power. Luke is a prisoner, condemned for a murder he didn’t commit. Abi is a fugitive, desperate to free him before magic breaks his mind. But as the Jardines tighten their grip on a turbulent Britain, brother and sister face a fight greater than their own. New alliances and old feuds will remake the natio...
The Fifth Empire of Man
Rob J Hayes
The Pirate Isles are united under Drake Morrass’ flag, but the war has only just begun. There’s still a long way to go before he’s able to call himself Ki...
Ian C Esslemont
After the disappointments of Li Heng, Dancer and Kellanved wash up on a small insignificant island named Malaz. Immediately, of course, Kellanved plans to take it over. To ...
Age of Swords
Michael J Sullivan
Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but long-standing enmities dividing the Rhunes make it all but impossible to unite against the co...
A Time of Dread
The Ben-Elim, a race of warrior angels, once vanquished a mighty demon horde. Now they rule the Banished lands. But their dominion is brutally enforced and their ancient en...
The Last Dog on Earth
Adrian J Walker
Every dog has its day... And for Lineker, a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can...
The Shadow Crucible
Taking humanity back to their primordial beliefs and fears, Estella confronts Mikhail’s faith by revealing the true horror of the lucrative trade in human souls. All ...