Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fantastical Mystery Tour: Spotlight Rachel Aaron

[Check out the spotlight on John Hartness and James Tuck for a chance to win more books!]

Continuing our series of Fantastical Mystery Tour authors is Rachel Aaron, an amazing author and good friend of mine. She told me to tell you that she is an absolute genius and to read her books. *Ahem* Moving on. ^_^ (She really is a genius and you should read her books, btw--I just like picking on her.)

Rachel writes an adventure fantasy series called the Legend of Eli Monpress about a charming wizard thief and all the trouble he gets into. This series is rather hysterical (the first scene includes the main character conversing with a door. Really you have to check it out) but it has a lot of depth and not a little bit of darkness too. If you like adventure fantasy, you should definitely check out Spirit Thief, which is now available as part of an omnibus with the first three books in the series.

I'm carrying on again, so I'll skip to the description of the book.


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.







About Rachel:

Rachel Aaron is the author of The Legend of Eli Monpress series, an adventure fantasy about a dangerously charming gentleman thief who also happens to be a wizard, his swordsman, their monster, and the poor bastards who have to try and stop them from stealing whatever they like. The fourth book in the series, The Spirit War, has just been released. You can learn more about Rachel and read free chapters at www.rachelaaron.net






Now is the time I give something away! (I'm going to go broke at this rate. LOL But I love you guys and I want to give you chances to win lots of things.) Today I'm giving away a copy of THE ELI MONPRESS omnibus. To enter simply leave a comment on the blogger blog letting me know the first fantasy book you ever read. I'll announce the winner Tuesday July 3rd during the online release party for GRAVE MEMORY. (contest open internationally)

And remember, all authors in this series will be at the Fantastical Mystery Tour on Saturday, July 7th from 4-7pm at the Barnes and Noble on Forest Drive in Columbia, SC. I hope you'll come out and see us in person!

Okay, I'm headed off to FandomFest! The series will continue while I'm gone, so check back. And if you're going to FandomFest, I hope you'll stop by to chat. I'd love to see you!


16 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow, first fantasy book read? Mean I get to remember that far back? Probably was the Hobbit or the World of Tiers by Philip Jose Farmer.

Susan said...

I think -like Lisa-, it was probably The Hobbit. Way too long ago for me to have absolute faith in that being the first one.

Cindi Phillips said...

I'm getting old when I can't remember what I read as a kid other than Nancy Drew & Little House on the Prairie. Harry Potter would be the first non grad school book I read. It took me years to get back into reading again & now I just can't stop.

Redkatr said...

Mists of Avalon.

Good book.

Lauren Sage said...

Dragons of Autumn Twilight - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. My husband introduced me to it and I never went back!! You need to come to NJ!! Can't wait till Tuesday!!

Heather said...

The Lord of the Ring trilogy unless you count the Odyssey. Then that was really my first Fantasy book and where I found my love for mythology and lead me to sci-fi and paranormal.

Kurosymph said...

Wayyy back! I was 8 and the book was La QuĂȘte d'Ewilan (Ewilan's Quest) from Pierre Bottero, a French YA Fantasy book I still love... longest crush ever.

Lesley D said...

I started reading fantasy when I was just a kid, so it's hard to remember... The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman are some of the earliest fantasy books that really had an impact on me.

Joy said...

Probably the Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles, if you count that as fantasy.

Baby Doll said...

First fantasy book I ever read... Does Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsong count? It's more Sci Fi, but close....

Beth said...

The first fantasy book I ever read was probably Spellfall by Katherine Roberts or Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede. Although I must have read fairy tales before this. Can't remember a time when I didn't read fantasy books!

Carrie G said...

I started with mystery crime. Then started fantasy later in life
So probably Harry Potter first unless u count Steven Kings Carrie as fantasy- then definitely that.

Tim said...

The first fantasy book I ever read: Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks.

Melliane said...

What a good question, when I think I don"t have any memory... But I think I would say the Dark Materials triolgy by Philip Pullman. It's a wonderful series!

~Melissa~ said...

The first fantasy book I read... I can't remember! I know I read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and The Sword and The Stone around the same time, but I don't remember which was technically first. I read a lot of Weis/Hickmon too, but later.

Elizabeth Deveau said...

Can't remember if it was the absolute first one I read, but Alanna the first adventure by Tamora Pierce got me addicted to fantasy.