• The Spirit War

  • Eli Monpress, Book 4
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (715 ratings)

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By: Rachel Aaron
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
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Publisher's Summary

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 is every bit as driven and stubborn as he is) wants him to come home and do his duty, which means throwing over personal ambitions, such as 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.

©2012 Rachel Aaron (P)2015 Tantor

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why, Luke?

Best book of the series yet, marred only by a baffling choice of the narrator to suddenly use a different reading voice for the primary narration (much deeper, ponderously slow, and slightly twangy), and different voices for some of the main characters. Got used to it after a few hours, and after increasing the playback speed to 1.20x. Like once of the other reviewers, I at first thought a completely different person was reading, and found the new voice really unpleasant and hard to listen to. Later on in the book, Luke starts to sound more like his old self from Books 1-3, and I was able to decrease the playback speed to 1.10x.

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What happened to narrator?

What disappointed you about The Spirit War?

This is the 4th book of a good series, I have enjoyed listening to Luke Daniels...The info states narrated by Luke Daniels, however, either it is a misprint or he has had a voice change. Disappointing

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Good story and performance flat characters.

The seemingly one dimensional main characters still lets this series down. I had hope, because the secondary and side characters felt real, where as the single virtue embodiment of the main characters gets old. Maybe it's intentional, however, the lack of growth or adaptation lets it down in my opinion. Every situation is approached the same way by the same character. Despite the life treating consequences faced no one seems to learn anything.
Now that I think about it, it is not the life altering battles that annoy me, it's the day to day description that loose it. A prince that can't act at least a little civilised and still be portrayed as a murdering bastered is I think what looses it for me. The author goes too far with the uncompromising state of each main character that you can no longer identify with them. A swordsman who has the determination and dedication to be the best surely would learn in the process of fighting a few skills he could apply to life.

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Great book but disappointing audio

I read other reviews that said this but ignored them. I enjoyed this book, if you liked the previous ones in the series then definitely keep going with this one.

But the audio is different than previous books. The voices are all changed and universally for the worst. Even some character name pronunciations are different. It was not good and distracting. May be a book to read in physical copy.

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Loved it

I loved everything except for the narrator changing his voice from the previous books.

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Eli Montpress grows up.

I started this series long ago. I was distracted by the Dresden files and then came back to the wizarding world of Eli. The swordsman companion Josef unwillingly returns to his homeland (spoiler alert) Osera with Eli and Niko trailing. Their jaws drop to discover Josef is a prince and all his ailing mother wants is an heir. Drama builds in Osera while back at the council, hints of Eli’s real parents comes to light.
Osera prepares for war against The Empress, a leader from across the ocean who thinks she can win back favoritism from all powerful enchantress in the sky. The enchantress is the true villain in this story as she goads the empress to conquer Osera and the mainland just to win back her true favorite. You got it. Eli Montpress. He disdains her favors and tries to avoid calling on his true power to save Osera. Needless to say, Eli is put between a rock and a hard place. Miranda figures out part of the story and lays the guilt heavy. Eli comes through but at great sacrifice.
Love this story as heroes come in many forms.
What really sold me is the narrator LUKE daniels. His variety of voices helps to really distinguish the characters. He is the amazing voice of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Tales.

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Good series that gets better

I am not much into fantasy, but this series has got me hook.I love all the characters and their quirks. Luke Daniels does a superb job making the voices unique. I can't wait for the next one.

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Good, though some of the voices irk me

The story was excellent, however, I really didn't like some of the voices the reader used, mainly Eli's and the servants.

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cliff hanger

be sure to get the next book along with it because you'll want it right away!

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BEST OF THE SERIES SO FAR!

What made the experience of listening to The Spirit War the most enjoyable?

The story was relentlessly engaging, dragging me through the drama irresistibly. Rachel Aaron is a master story teller! And, Luke Daniels brought the voice of every character to life flawlessly. His performance is awarding winning!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Spirit War?

The entire story is memorable and filled with magic.

What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I have listened to more than 500 audio books, and produced half a dozen myself. Luke Daniels is a masterful voice talent. He breathes life into every character and performs every sentence flawlessly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Spirit War