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Rachel AaronRachel Aaron received a degree in English Literature from the University of Georgia in 2004. She lives in a 70s house-of-the-future in Athens, GA with her husband, an overgrown library, and her small, brown dog. Rachel is writing science fiction under the name Rachel Bach. Find out more about the author at Rachel Aaron’s website.

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Eli Monpress

Began in 2010. Spirit’s Oath is an ebooknovella. Publisher: 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.

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The Spirit Thief: Fast-paced and cheerful debut

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The Spirit Thief by Rachel Aaron

In the opening scene of The Spirit Thief, Rachel Aaron’s charming debut novel, the notorious thief Eli Monpress is trying to escape from the royal dungeon of Mellinor. Since he’s not just a thief but also a wizard, he does this by quite literally trying to charm the dungeon’s door into opening: not by casting a spell on it, but rather by persuading, cajoling and wheedling it into letting him through, explaining that it really would be much better off without those annoying nails keeping it together (which results in the memorable line “Indecision is the bane of all hardwoods.”).

After all, in the fantasy world of THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS, every single object, from the tiniest pebble to the largest mountain, has a spirit. A wizard’s power derives from the ability to enter into a mutu... Read More

The Spirit Rebellion: Fun if you don’t take it too seriously

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The Spirit Rebellion by Rachel Aaron

Just a few weeks ago saw the release of Rachel Aaron’s entertaining and light-hearted debut novel The Spirit Thief. Now, fast on its heels, we already have the sequel The Spirit Rebellion — and even better, the third book, The Spirit Eater, will be here around Thanksgiving. Isn’t it wonderful when you don’t have to wait a whole year for the next novel in a series?

This second installment in THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS takes place right after the events in the first book. Spiritualist Miranda Lyonette, heading back to the Spirit Court, finds herself on the wrong end of a political witch hunt after her involvement in the recent events in Mellinor, more specifically the escape of the notorious wizard thief Eli Monpress. Eli, meanwhile, i... Read More

The Spirit Eater: Best book of the bunch so far

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The Spirit Eater by Rachel Aaron

The Spirit Eater is the third installment in Rachel Aaron’s THE LEGEND OF ELI MONPRESS series. Just like the first two books, The Spirit Thief and The Spirit Rebellion, it’s an entertaining, fast-moving fantasy story, although this newest novel does have a considerably darker edge to it.

The darkness starts right away with the novel’s prologue, in which we learn more about Nico, the girl who contains a demonseed, and about how she met Josef Liechten, the swordsman with the legendary Heart of War sword. Berek Sted, no longer a member of the League of Storms and out for revenge against Josef, makes a deal with a demon (and of course we all know how those tend to work out...). Meanwhile Eli, Josef and Nico are on the run (the high bounty placed on Eli... Read More

FanLit Asks: May 22, 2012

We recently asked some of your favorite speculative fiction authors about what they're currently working on. Here's what they had to say:

Rachel Aaron: I'm signed up to write a new series! Unfortunately I can't get into details yet, but it's going to be very different from ELI MOONPRESS, though hopefully no less awesome.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail: Now that the ETERNAL CYCLE trilogy has been wrapped up I'm working on a number of anthologies for 2013. Three are to be published by Dark Quest Books: Best Laid Plans (Book 5 in the DEFENDING THE FUTURE anthology series), Gaslight and Grimm: Steampunk Faerie Tales, and Eternal Flame Read More

FanLit Asks: October 9, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Gail Carriger: I'll be at the Nimrod Conference for Readers & Writers in Tulsa, OK October 26-27. And the National Council of Teachers of English convention in Las Vegas, NV November 17-18.

Alex Bledsoe: I'll be a guest of honor at HalCon in Halifax, Nova Scotia this October 26-28. My third FIREFLY WITCH three-story chapbook, Back Atcha, is now available. My short story "Sprig" will be in an upcoming issue of Apex. I'll have a Christmas collection of three stories, including a TU... Read More

FanLit Asks: November 6, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:
Got any news to share?
Jesse Bullington: My third novel, The Folly of the World, will be released by Orbit on December 18th. I'm really excited about this one, which is more of a late medieval crime novel with some weird flourishes than a straight-up fantasy along the lines of my first two projects.

Rachel Aaron: My final ELI MONPRESS novel, Spirit's End, comes out November 20! This the conclusion to the series, and I think readers are really going to like it. At least, I hope readers are going to like it, otherwise December is going to be a rough month of angry emails!




What are you working on these days?

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FanLit Asks: November 27, 2012

Some of your favorite authors take some time to answer our questions:


Got any news to share?
Alma Alexander: Short stories all over the place -- I have stories in the anthologies Dark Faith: Invocations, Scheherazade's Facade, and Airships and Automatons, all either coming o... Read More