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Full Review Over At Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS It s always harder to review series books, the further you get into the series For one, most of the plot points become spoilers for previous books, secondly it becomes a bit harder to keep repeating why you like this world or the over all series and lastly the highs of the previous volumes keep raising the bar of expectation to its zenith So in spite of all the afore mentioned reasons, the Spirit War, book four in the Legend Of Eli Full Review Over At Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS It s always harder to review series books, the further you get into the series For one, most of the plot points become spoilers for previous books, secondly it becomes a bit harder to keep repeating why you like this world or the over all series and lastly the highs of the previous volumes keep raising the bar of expectation to its zenith So in spite of all the afore mentioned reasons, the Spirit War, book four in the Legend Of Eli Monpress series completely enthralled me and has lead me to believe Rachel Aaron is an author destined for dollops of fame and success Once again to reiterate the following review might contain spoilers for the previous three books as otherwise it will be very hard to even speak or write about its plot though I ll try my best to keep them to a minimalistic level So for those readers who haven t read the first three books, consider yourselves warned.The Spirit War opens after the tumultuous events of the Spirit Eater but the prologue once again gives us a look into events past, focusing on Josef and how he procured the Heart of War The first chapter however introduces us to characters that have been alluded to, but haven t officially made their presence known These characters are Den the Warlord and Nara the Immortal Empress, these two have a connection and Den is looking to catch the Empress on her word He does manage to find her as well as subvert her mood to his wishes and its from here the basic plot begins The reader will then meet Eli, Josef and Nico on the other side of the world as they are waiting for Eli s newest bounty things however take a crazy turn when Josef s picture adorns the bounty wall besides Eli with his bounty being higher than Eli s as well This peculiar bounty alerts Josef to his family and heritage summoning him and they journey back to Osera wherein a whole new cauldron of troubles awaits them.Miranda on the other hand, has gone with Slorn and soon gets to know one of the fundamental aspects of the world they inhabit Fate however put her on a crash course with events occuring in Osera but there are a slew of things and plot twists that occur in between will have to be gleaned by the reader themselves This book contains many plot threads, some singular and concerning a particular character and others that focus on many and concern everyone The basic gist is that the Immortal Empress has decided to reclaim a title that she deems she has lost and her fury has been refocused on Osera wherein the heart of the story lies.This book following the previous books pattern by focusing on one character s background and this time its Josef s turn Not only do we learn that he s a Prince but also that his future kingdom is now in sights of the Immortal Empress Josef as a character has always been intriguing and in this book we learn a lot about his past, his choices and the main reasons why he has become the man he is today There s also a bunch of plotlines dealing with the horrific issues of the world as touched upon in book III , namely the presence and meddling of the Shepherdess, the containment of demon seeds, and the overall mystery of the origin of the world and beyond There are a few answers given but now everything hinges on the last book as it will have answer every question that has arisen so far as well as end the saga on a thumping note But going by the way things have panned out so far, I have every confidence that the author will surprise us and end the saga on an enthralling note.One of the biggest surprises in this book is the revelation about the world s past and the Shepherdess s role in it We have had some pointers previously, however in this book we get a lotinformation about it Also this leads to an evendangerous conclusion as all is definitely not well in the world and not only do the great spirits know it, but the humans are slowly realizing it as well The character cast is the biggest one featured so far and suitably so as there are multiple plot threads in this book and the author admirably handles them all This book was a lengthy one however it does not waste any of its pages, the increased length serves to encompass a huge story that is action packed and character driven at the same time.Characterization is always important with an increased cast and in this book the author admirably showcases all characters with their flawed but understandable viewpoints This was extremely helpful as otherwise the book s plot ran the risk of seeming ludicrous The characters who have been in the background so far like Slorn, Sara, Tesset, Etmon Banage, etc are givenpage time as per the story dictates and this was a smart move on the author s part as they revealabout the world and a bit about the secrets of the world as well.The only complaint I could have from this book is while Miranda in the previous books has always been a headstrong character, in this one she comes off as bit over zealous Usually portrayed as feisty and protective of her spirits, but herein, I felt her character came across a bit shrill in the climax This is just my observation and many others might think otherwise on it The other main characters Nico Eli do have their parts to play but they sort of take a back seat to Josef in the earlier two thirds of the book however in the climax they each have their own battles to fight and again have life changing events occur in the end The book also ends on a cliffhanger that will have the readers clamoring for the final book and to help is the fact that the book also features a chapter from Eli s POV from Spirit s End which helps satiate the wait until November CONCLUSION Rachel Aaron spectacularly writes about the world wherein spirits are alive and part of everything She makes the characters come alive and entraps the reader amidst her literary creation Thought this book is not the way to start the series, it is a fine indicator of how good a writer she is Grab a copy of The Spirit Thief to begin the series and know that you are in for one hell of a comical highly entertaining ride This series started out as a fun, light, quirky fantasy with a cast of witty and lovable characters, but has subsequently grown with each book into one of my favourite series All the ingredients for a good book are there great writing, characters you can t help but love, lots of laugh out loud moments, clever and believable scenario resolution, quick pace and a detailed back story that cracks open at unpredictable moments to surprise the reader But the thing I love most is that Rachel Aaron s This series started out as a fun, light, quirky fantasy with a cast of witty and lovable characters, but has subsequently grown with each book into one of my favourite series All the ingredients for a good book are there great writing, characters you can t help but love, lots of laugh out loud moments, clever and believable scenario resolution, quick pace and a detailed back story that cracks open at unpredictable moments to surprise the reader But the thing I love most is that Rachel Aaron seems to have thrown the guidebook to writing out of the window Some of thetraditional scenarios don t play out as expected Details of what I m referring to are in the spoiler view spoiler Typically, when two of the main characters are of the opposite sex and dislike each other but are forced by fate and circumstance to work together for a greater good, they hook up While I m all for a romance angle in novels I ve found it really refreshing that Eli and Miranda have not fallen in love Even if that changes in subsequent books, the absence of the obvious hate turns to love relationship has been wonderful hide spoiler Can t wait for the next one @READ E-PUB ⚜ The Spirit War ⛈ Eli Monpress is vain He s cocky And he s a thief But he s a thief who has just seen his bounty topped and he s not happy about it The bounty topper, as it turns out, is his best friend, bodyguard, and master swordsman, Josef Who has been keeping secrets from Eli Apparently, he s the only prince of a rather feisty country and his mother a formidable queen who s every bit as driven and stubborn as he is wants him to come home and do his duty, which means throwing over personal ambitions like proving he s the greatest swordsman who ever lived Family drama aside, Eli and Josef have their hands full The Spirit Court has been usurped by the Council of Thrones and someone calling herself the Immortal Empress is staging a massive invasion But it s not just politics the Immortal Empress has a specific target in mind Eli Monpress, the greatest thief in the world A new favourite, The Spirit War is a fantastic penultimate volume of the Eli Monpress series, one which just keeps getting better.It continues to expand on the worldbuilding and develop the main characters this time withfocus on Josef Back in the earlier books, there was a mention of the Immortal Empress, who appears to have dominion over a significant part of the world Here we learn that her spectacular rise to power came from the very same omnipotent source that would have availed Eli A new favourite, The Spirit War is a fantastic penultimate volume of the Eli Monpress series, one which just keeps getting better.It continues to expand on the worldbuilding and develop the main characters this time withfocus on Josef Back in the earlier books, there was a mention of the Immortal Empress, who appears to have dominion over a significant part of the world Here we learn that her spectacular rise to power came from the very same omnipotent source that would have availed Eli with evengiven his current status as the favorite , if he had not decided to reject it and cut himself loose Well, as loose as he can be, which is not entirely To say anythingthan this will be a spoiler, so I will refrain We also finally get to seeof the political power behind the Council of Thrones and the Spirit Court as the return of the Immortal Empress in her conquest of the entire world will require no less than a united front of the military and the wizards to contain.While Eli remained as the main protagonist which the overarching story revolves around, he does not dominate the narrative The key characters around him are given equal, if not , development and growth as they increasingly find a firm footing within his story Even the supporting characters, both old and new, have roles to play and are skilfully woven into various threads leading into the larger tale being unravelled Josef s birth right could have been handled in the most cliched manner but Rachel Aaron did not make it easy for him I cannot say that I am a huge fan of Josef the swordsman nope, he is not Hadrian Blackwater but I don t dislike him either If nothing else, his absolute trust in Eli and extreme care and concern for Nico, made him a compelling character And his direct and blunt demeanour can be quite refreshing, and funny, at times Especially in comparison to his wily and cunning companion Nico s continuous struggle with her demonseed possession came to a most intriguing and disturbing development in this chapter of the story, just before we arrive to the cliffhanger ending Miranda, on the other hand, is beginning to annoy me with her self righteousness There are moments where she struck me to be a sympathetic character, but the moment she encounters Eli and his cohorts, she becomes positively unbearable I think the only aspect of her character which I love without exception is her incredibly strong relationship and bond with her ghosthound, Gin I get that she has taken oaths and is duty bound to protect all the spirits in the world but for goodness sake woman, please take a chill pill The stakes are significantly higher as we approach the final book of the series, and the pace is unrelenting Even the light hearted tone of the story has taken a turn as Eli is increasingly backed into a corner to embrace the powers that he did not want as the world falls around him, placing all that he loves in mortal danger That cliffhanger ending that I mentioned earlier played out exactly what I feared would happen and my aching heart went to my throat the moment the ball was dropped If I didn t already have the final book already in hand, I think I would have gone into some serious flailing and hysterics This review can also be found at Booknest Well, that was disappointing And unexpected And depressing Oh, don t forget depressing.I usually like it when series start out kind of lighthearted and getserious as the story progresses However, the reason this didn t work for me this time around can be easily summed up.Josef MirandaI ve never really been a fan of Miranda I thought she was kind of fun when she was always chasing and loosing Eli and then when they had to team up together But I ve never really liked her And now Well, that was disappointing And unexpected And depressing Oh, don t forget depressing.I usually like it when series start out kind of lighthearted and getserious as the story progresses However, the reason this didn t work for me this time around can be easily summed up.Josef MirandaI ve never really been a fan of Miranda I thought she was kind of fun when she was always chasing and loosing Eli and then when they had to team up together But I ve never really liked her And now, right now, I hate her All high and mighty, know what s best shoving someone back to their abuser I really hate her Josef I flat out don t like Right from the start he was one of those stoic swordsmen characters and those are exactly the type of characters I never like The apparent character development in this story made me like him less, because, really, I have little respect for him finding out what I did about his past and he is kind of cruelly oblivious in his treatment of Nico.Besides, every time Josef starts in with his wanting to be the greatest swordsman in the world and his talk of a sword cutting what the swordsman wants it to, I keep thinking of BenehimeShe is a total creep Think rapist sexual assaulter I really, really hope she dies at the end of the series, but I see absolutely no way that will can happen work Especially without a little detail like destroying the world in the process And I won t even go into my special hatred of Sara morality is relative Didn t I like anything about the book Actually, I did Eli I absolutely adore his character and want to go back to when he was unequivocally the main character in the story Also, I do admit, I rather like the interesting turns that Nico s character is taking.That being said, this story is mostly about Josef, Miranda and a new character, the Empress This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Wow I really dislike Miranda Intentions are all well and good but her obsession over capturing Eli is really over the top She reminds me of religious fanatics who will mow down anybody who stands against her ideals I just really dislike her treatment of Eli She demands things out of everybody while not informing herself To me, her badgering of Eli was kind of victim blaming and I kind of hate her for that Oh Eli I m so sad for you Benehime is really really creepy I think that is my bigg Wow I really dislike Miranda Intentions are all well and good but her obsession over capturing Eli is really over the top She reminds me of religious fanatics who will mow down anybody who stands against her ideals I just really dislike her treatment of Eli She demands things out of everybody while not informing herself To me, her badgering of Eli was kind of victim blaming and I kind of hate her for that Oh Eli I m so sad for you Benehime is really really creepy I think that is my biggest contention against Miranda, she blames the victims and it was just really sad for Eli because Eli believed it too She pushed him over the edge and it made me so mad She can t see beyond her own self interest She wasn t the only one to lose in that war and her tendency to point the finger at Eli is unjustified I want Nico to punch her face so she can at least get her head out of her ass Nico s arc is really interesting too She became a new demon, independent of the seed I really like her I wish she and Josef could just get it together Josef s princely identity was news I wish he d investigate why he gets worried when Nico isn t at his side though And Eli I would have been completely fine if Eli abandoned the war It would have been understandable Benehime is really creepy I loved this book I thought the story was engrossing, the characters likable, except for Miranda I loved Eli, Nico, and Josef They are written well Honorable scene mention When Eli confided that the spirits think Josef is a murderer because they confused him with his predecessors I thought that was adorable I also thought Eli promising the wind spirits favour from other people was funny I love Eli s interactions with the spirits The story revolves around Josef s kingdom His bounty had been raised, and he saw it for what it was, a call to come home His mother had been sick and he ordered Josef to do his duty, that is to father an heir to the throne To Nico and Eli s surprise, they discover that Josef had been married In his defense, it was done in his absence Nico was heartbroken over this and over the prospect of Josef fathering a child with his wife However, things are not as they seem Josef had been falling asleep during inopportune times This made him suspicious and he enlisted Eli and Nico s help Also, the heir to the kingdom and guards had been murdered making Josef look bad He already had a reputation for it It turns out that it was his wife She was a sleeper agent for the Immortal Empress assigned to destabilize the kingdom Her mother had been poisoning the queen for ten years This all came out but not soon enough The queen died, stabbed by a knife Josef and his wife fought with the subjects cheering on the wife Josef wasn t well liked because of his reputation and absence while the wife had been living there for a long time It was only when Eli asked the wind spirits to carry the voices that the people heard her confession Josef managed to defeat her with the Heart of War However, the threat doesn t end there.The empress was spurned into conquering the kingdom in the name of the shepherdess Benehime wanted Eli desperate enough to call for help even if it meant waging war They held on for a very long time Josef attacked the ships Nico killed Den the warlord In doing so, she became a new demon and was injured very badly There were a lot of casualties including Eli s spirit It was a hopeless situation The Spirit Council finally came and held the attackers at bay However, the empress was very determined to prove herself and forged on When Miranda s last attack failed, she lashed out at Eli At this time the empress revealed that she was a star cluing in Miranda about Eli She blamed him and guilted him into action He finally broke and gave up He went to meet the empress and wrested the spirits from her Benehime came down and took him away It occurs to me that I committed a grave injustice in my review of The Legend of Eli Monpress, the omnibus collection of the first three Eli Monpress novels I mentioned Eli himself and his companions Josef and Nico, but I completely neglected to name Spiritualist Miranda Lyonette, his would be nemesis and sometimes reluctant ally And all of the spirits she has helping her, not least of whom is the spirit hound Gin Anyhoo, so after the relatively world shaking events at the end of the previ It occurs to me that I committed a grave injustice in my review of The Legend of Eli Monpress, the omnibus collection of the first three Eli Monpress novels I mentioned Eli himself and his companions Josef and Nico, but I completely neglected to name Spiritualist Miranda Lyonette, his would be nemesis and sometimes reluctant ally And all of the spirits she has helping her, not least of whom is the spirit hound Gin Anyhoo, so after the relatively world shaking events at the end of the previous book, we now embark upon events that are evenworld shaking, during the course of which we learn Josef s back story Which I won t tell, because that would be spoiling But anyway, on the other side of the ocean is the empire of the Immortal Empress, whose probing attack was barely beaten back, at great cost, a generation ago, and who now for Reasons, most of which revolve around Eli himself has decided to come back and finish the job, beginning with the island nation of Osera, where our heroes find themselves drawn And in the meantime, on the mainland, there s all kinds of infighting going on between the Spiritualists and the wizards who serve the Council because what better time for infighting than in the face of overwhelming invasion and really, nobody can ever catch a break, can they Not much in the way of actual thievery this time, and events are considerably less light hearted, but no less engaging The Spirit War is the fourth in The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron The stakes are continuing to raise for our group of unlikely heroes and the world Once you get this far into a series it becomes hard to summarize without spoilers That said view spoiler The Immortal Empress has decided it s time to continue her conquests to rule the world and has her sights set on Osera, an island in the Council Kingdoms The Queen of Osera needs her wayward son to return and take his rightful pla The Spirit War is the fourth in The Legend of Eli Monpress by Rachel Aaron The stakes are continuing to raise for our group of unlikely heroes and the world Once you get this far into a series it becomes hard to summarize without spoilers That said view spoiler The Immortal Empress has decided it s time to continue her conquests to rule the world and has her sights set on Osera, an island in the Council Kingdoms The Queen of Osera needs her wayward son to return and take his rightful place to lead their people to battle To that end she sets a bounty to get his attention A bounty higher than Eli s The only thing crazier is that this prince is none other than Eli s companion Josef Liechten hide spoiler Following the previous pattern, this book focuses on one character s background and it is finally Josef s turn I did not see him as view spoiler a runaway prince hide spoiler so that was fun I truly loved learning the backstory as to how he became the wielder of the Heart of War It s unfortunate he became so dour and stubborn for most of the book Thankfully he eventually comes around and has some truly spectacular scenes towards the end.One of my favorite things about this series so far has been the world building Each volume continues to add layers to the world and this installment is no exception This time we re finally given insight into Benehime and her role in the world along with just how bad things have become due to her neglecting her duties Benehime is quite a piece of work She s uber creepy and doesn t understand or care about other people s boundaries at all I felt so bad for Eli as her attention towards him comes across as almost rapey.We re given a muchcomplicated story as Aaron begins to tie all the elements together in this penultimate volume Many side characters getpage time, which helps the reader to understand just how vast the implications of events have reached, though it means less time for Eli and his antics That s ok though as we really need these other points of view to understand what s happening in the world in general.I hate to say it but the biggest downside to the story is Miranda Her character comes across as over zealous and preachy for most of the book As much as I love Gin, I really wasn t looking forward to her chapters.The book ends in one heck of a cliff hanger I m so glad this series is already published so I can continue to the final book soon Via Book Reviews by Niki Hawkes at www.nikihawkes.comI want to start out by sharing the overview for the first book 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 Via Book Reviews by Niki Hawkes at www.nikihawkes.comI want to start out by sharing the overview for the first book 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 I don t know about you, but that short teaser convinced me right away that I wanted to give the series a try and it was even better than I could have imagined The first three books have to be, by far, one of the most memorable trilogies I ve ever read There was a high level of originality and it was spectacularly funny without ever crossing over to stupid or overdone.I have to give major kudos to Aaron for pulling off two things you rarely see done well in fantasy creating a feel of wonder, and doing so using almost poetic imagery A lot of authors try to introduce wonder into their stories but it usually comes off ridiculous rather than awe inspiring Aaron pulls it off in a cheeky, fun manner without losing anyserious and thought provoking overtones She did this through exceptional character development and dialogue and introducing epic world building and magic systems I can t say enough good things about this series I am hooked, and will definitely read anything Aaron publishes in the future.Surprisingly, compared to the first three novels, I thought the Spririt War started out a bit slow Luckily, it was still rich, quality writing, so the pace didn t bother me like it might have in other books Regardless, the slower pace can be attributed to Aaron s choice to expand on some minor characters and introduce some new ones, which means that she couldn t possibly take it any faster if she wanted to develop them properly I have criticized authors in the past for telling their stories from multiple viewpoints I believe the key to doing this well is making sure all of your characters add directly to the overall arc with each perspectives taking nothing away from the story s momentum All of Aaron s viewpoint characters help maintain this momentum, adding a complexity to the story that still blows my mind.Aspiring writers out there, including myself, could learn a lot by studying the way this author weaves the story, creates and maintains characters, and describes her world She brings things to life and does so in a beautifully effortless manner I will definitely be rereading this series for tips because there were moments of pure brilliance in every aspect of her writing.Recommendations As I said before, this series is whimsical without being ridiculous I find myself recommending it to many types of readers because it s one of those stories that has appeal for all ages but for the sake of a few scary moments, I keep the recommends to 10 It is probably best for fantasy lovers who are in the mood for something different Its also my number one choice when someone says they want something fun to read Soooo I seriously love this series I just love it to death, and this book doesn t disappoint We learn a TON about Josef, and get a lot of world building context as the author builds towards the fifth and final book, released this fall CAN IT BE NOW PLEASE The tone of this one is a bitserious than the previous ones, but it is definitely due, as the glibness of characters is stripped back to reveal WHY they re so glib, and what they re really hiding And the endingOMG THE ENDING I Soooo I seriously love this series I just love it to death, and this book doesn t disappoint We learn a TON about Josef, and get a lot of world building context as the author builds towards the fifth and final book, released this fall CAN IT BE NOW PLEASE The tone of this one is a bitserious than the previous ones, but it is definitely due, as the glibness of characters is stripped back to reveal WHY they re so glib, and what they re really hiding And the endingOMG THE ENDING I was like, WHAT really really good.There was a LOT of setup for the ending, but I see brilliance in the threads she s spinning, I m so confident the ending book will blow my top off If you like light ish fantasy, you definitely need to read this series The first book shows a bit of the newness of the author, but each of the subsequent books gets better and better and better Characters Great Worldbuilding Wonderful series