This week was much lower key than the giant pile from last week; I received one ARC. (And it’s another October book – there are so many books on the review pile that look good coming out that month!)

The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

This is Rachel Aaron’s debut novel and the first book in the Legend of Eli Monpress series. It will be released in October and it will be quickly followed by the next two books – The Spirit Rebellion in November and The Spirit Eater in December. On her website, the author mentions she is currently working on a fourth book, The Spirit War, which is supposed to be available next year. I was pretty happy to get a copy of this since it sounds like fun (thieves do often make for some pretty entertaining reading) and I was sad to hear I missed it at BEA. The first two chapters can be read online.

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.