Sunday, February 13, 2011

Review: The Spirit Eater

Book Details
Author: Rachel Aaron
Genre: fantasy
Page Count: 440
Publishing Info: November 30, 2010 by Orbit
My Review
Why I read it: 3rd in series
The Plot: 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 his 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.
The Characters: The third book in The Legend of Eli Monpress seemed to be less about Eli as a main character and more of an ensemble book, which is good because I think focusing solely on Eli for too long could get old.  We are also introduced to some new good characters in this one.  My problem is that Miranda really annoys me, and she's one of the main characters.  I liked her better in book two, but it seems like here she has reverted to her previous annoying behavior. 
The Setting: I like the settings in these books.  The first book was very limited in the setting--it took place in a very small area, but as the series progresses we are learning more and more about the world, and I'm very interested.
A Sample of the Writing: 
The great hall of the Shapers had been flung open to let in the wounded.  Shaper wizards, their hands still covered in soot from their work, ran out into the blowing snow to help the men who came stumbling onto the frosted terrace through a white-lined hole in the air.  Some fell and did not rise again, their long, black coats torn beyond recognition.  These the Shapers rolled onto stretchers that, after a sharp order, stood on their own and scrambled off on spindly wooden legs, some toward the waiting doctors, others more slowly toward the cold rooms, their unlucky burdens already silent and stiff.
Who Should Read This? This series is best suited for fans of adventure fantasy.
Final Thoughts: I didn't love this one as well as the rest of the series.  It was still good, but I feel like some parts of the plot keep getting recycled, especially the parts with Josef, who is a great character, but the story seems a little one-note when it comes to him.  I will definitely continue on with the series, and it's becoming one of my favorite fantasy series.   
Grade: B
Cover Thoughts: I think it's pretty clear that the publishers are going for uniformity with these covers, which doesn't really make them as good as they could be, but if you like your series covers to match, I guess it's a good thing.

No comments:

Post a Comment