In case anyone needed an assertion of how fast I read… here we go. I’m struggling to sleep tonight, so why not write up my review.
For anyone who doesn’t know, The Spirit Rebellion is the second book in Rachel Aaron’s Eli Monpress series. I have a great admiration for Rachel Aaron, and love many of her writing posts. Soon, I hope to read the Heartstrikers sequence too… it’s just a matter of getting hold of them! I didn’t review the first book in the series, but probably will at some point.
Re-reading this book, I honestly forgot how much I loved it. Although this is the second book in the series (the first being The Spirit Thief), this feels like the point at which Rachel Aaron really starts to engage with the characters on a level that I utterly adore. You get to see little bits of Eli’s past, Nico’s story becomes clearer, hell, even Josef is given a sort of ‘new life’ in this book. Along with the quips and adventures that we come to expect from even a cursory reading of The Spirit Thief, there is something more forming here, something deeper.
The Spirit Rebellion is a fantasy in the vein of the sort of fantasy I really love. Where characters and adventure take precedence over large political warfare, but those hints of worldbuilding and clear setting are still there. The idea of being able to communicate with spirits is one I adore, and Eli’s methods would be how I would choose! I love Miranda’s morals and absolute honesty, but Eli is the sort that really captures my heart. As always, I adore the thief. I’m not entirely sure what that says about me.
Obviously it is ALWAYS recommended that you start with the first book in a series, but this is definitely a series worth reading, if only for smartass thieves and spirit hounds with grumpy temperaments.