Eli closed his eyes as the lava spirit sank into him and fell into a grumbling sleep. Karon was probably right. He probably should be planning an escape, or at least a new plot to get Benehime to let him go of her own will again, but he just couldn’t summon up the energy to care. He could almost feel Benehime’s hand on his throat. She had him good and tight now, and every time he tried to think about the future, all he could see was endless white.
He’d been so arrogant, thinking he could run forever. He’d forgotten the first rule of thievery: no one runs forever.
- Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron
She made no sound, only shivered as the whiteness flooded over her body, washing away her color and her humanity in a great bleaching tide. Her skin was now as white as the floor she knelt on, as white as the robe across her shoulders.
— Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron
“As he blacked out, he felt Nico’s hands on his face. “Thank you for saving me,” she whispered. “We save each other,” he said. “That’s why we’re here.” He felt a soft brush on his forehead. Her lips, he realized. That thought made him grin wide as he slipped into blissful unconsciousness, his fingers tangled in her short, soft hair.” ~Spirit’s End, The Legend of Eli Monpress, Rachel Aaron
Happy birthday, Leng! A little early, I know, but I wanted to send this to you XD Hope you like it :)
I have this habit of dating my books (as in writing the date when I bought them - not actually *dating* books). And according to the date on my Legend of Eli Monpress omnibus, today it turns 1! Yay! Which means I’ve been obsessed with this series for er… almost a year. Not quite a year, since I didn’t start really going gaga over the series until I finished Spirit Rebellion.
Check under the “read more” for a great sketch of Nico!
Eli shrugged and stood, taking his wineglass with him. “I’m going to poke my nose down around the castle,” he said, refilling his glass to the rim from the bottle on the mantel. “Do a little goodwill work with the spirits, just in case we have to make a quick getaway.”
Josef ignored the stab of bitterness that came with that. “What makes you think we’ll be leaving?”
“First rule of thievery: Never be without a quick exit,” Eli said, sipping the top of his now very full glass. “Of course, there’s also the fact that you just walked in from a meeting with a powerful man who doesn’t like you very much looking like you’re ready to kill something. Even without the rules, that’s reason enough for me.”
- The Spirit War by Rachel Aaron
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.
Author: Rachel Aaron
Rating: 5 Stars
Whew. Deep. Breath. This book series was such a ride and had me weeping about mountains and demons and friendship. This series felt like a beautiful hybrid of the much beloved Thief of Eddis series and the brilliant manga One Piece. Does that sound odd to you? OR AMAZING?
First of all, I am a completely unabashed fanatic of the power of nakama (‘brotherhood’ ‘friendship’) and it will make me cry every time when a group of friends stand strong against the end of the world and all the forces that would tear them apart.
Rachel Aaron is the master of plot. Each book builds into a climactic end, every piece of the puzzle working together and falling into place. You may recognize her name from her now-famous blog post detailing her methods on reaching 10,000 words a day which you can find here.
The characters are phenomenal, complex, and beautiful. They are so utterly human, with their flaws and their moments of greatness. There were clear antagonists in the beginning, but as the series goes on, it became harder to differentiate which side was in the right.
And if you were looking for a fantasy series that doesn’t constantly talk about how inferior women are—here it is. There is a powerful immortal empress, a wizard organization that includes both men and women without prejudice, a woman who swallows a sea, a selfish goddess who shirks her duties, a hard lined scientist wizard who goes too far, and arguably the most powerful character outside of the ‘gods’ is a young woman who overcomes the impossible.
I just want to wrap myself in this book again. It’s so warm and lovely. Highly recommended.