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"The Spirit Eater" by Rachel Aaron

Written by Jeremy Shane on Monday, December 06 2010 and posted in Reviews

The third book in the Eli Moonpress Saga, The Spirit Eater leans a little toward the darker side in this new release.


Genre:  Fantasy

Rating: 4 smileys


Cover Blurb:

Eli Monpress is Clever. He's Magnetic. And he's a thief.

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 seaside village, Eli and companions seize the chance for some fun and relaxation.

Nico, however, is finding it a bit hard. Plagued by a demon's voice in her head and feeling powerless, she only sees herself as a burden. Everyone's holiday comes to an untimely close, though, when Pele arrives to beg Eli's help for finding her missing father.

But there are larger plans afoot than even Eli can see, and the real danger, and the solution, may lie with one of his own and her forgotten past.

If only Nico could remember whose side she's on.



Review

Eli Monpress might be the star of this series, but in this volume he seemed more a secondary character. The book suffered none for it however, as every character in Rachel Aaron's work is as strong as the main. The demonseed Nico, as seen on the cover of the book, might be considered the star this time; though her friend Josef as well as returning Spiritualist Miranda play solid roles as well.

The overall story takes a darker turn than the last couple books. Both because of the growing reader knowledge of the demon threats to the world and the lack of Eli's lighthearted quips. But the direction is welcome as the characters and world have become more than just liked, but familiar and loved. We have come to see a much larger story unfold than just Eli's capers from book to book.

Though I try to keep reviews somewhat spoiler free, I'll dance a little on the edge here since I would assume anyone following this closelly would have read the previous two books: We get to meet a few new characters in the game and a few characters from the past return as well: Slorn and Sted playing key roles. We learn more about Josef's sword "The Heart of War", Eli, The Shaper Mountain and the god-like figures in background of the saga.

Bottom Line:

This series has been one of my favorite this year. I can't think of a series where I've liked every single character as much as I do in these books. My concerns in the review of first volume of Rachel Aaron overusing magic and powerful characters in the series has come to seem silly to me as she has weaved her tale with a masterful balance. I couldn't recommend this book more to anyone interested in a fun fantasy adventure series.

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