I may be jumping the gun a little by posting this, considering I've only read 3 of the 5 published books in the series, which still isn't concluded, but I just had to post this.
If you need a good, non-cliché, original, non-romantic, action packed
fantasy novel, the "Eli Monpress" series should be at the top of your
To-Read list. Not only is this book a fresh take on just about everything, but
it combines some of the greatest elements of writing all in one series. It has
comedy, plenty of action, extremely loveable and imaginative characters, and a
new kind of plot.
The series focuses on Eli Monpress, a thief who's lifelong ambition
has been to push his bounty past a million. To accomplish this, he sets up extravagant
thieveries each more daring than the rest, and he gets away every time.
Well, almost. See, his bounty has captured the attention of quite a
few bounty hunters, each wanting a piece of his bounty. It also captured the
attention of The Spirit Court, who sends a young spiritualist named Miranda
along with her ghost hound to protect a national treasure from Eli. In this
story, a spiritualist is a wizard who is able to communicate with spirits, like
moss or fire and stuff. If I try to explain it much further, it sounds weird,
but just like in the case of Artemis Fowl, it's totally not.
Along the way, Eli's helpers, a superb swordsman named Josef, and a
demonseed (read the book to find out what that is!) named Nico, help him along,
get into trouble and despite being secondary characters, actually have
interesting character arcs.
Okay, so that's the positive stuff. Here's what was kind of off-putting
1.) Personally, it took a
while to get into it. Just like with Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The
Hunger Games, and even Harry Potter, I was hesitant at first before getting
sucked in. The first half of the book (and the very end) was a little bit slow
at least in the first book, but the rest is pure gold.
2.) There seems to be a lot of villains. But hey,
isn't that a good thing?
3.) Eli is so awesome your head may explode. And he only gets
better as the series goes on.
But after you get past those, the books are awesome.
Read. Them. Now.