Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

The Spirit Rebellion The Spirit Rebellion
by Rachel Aaron

Supplied for review by Hachette New Zealand

Reviewed By: Jacqui Smith

I’m beginning to wonder if Rachel Aaron has a thing about doors. The Spirit Thief began with a door being talked into opening – and The Spirit Rebellion ends with a tormented door getting its revenge. In fact, quite a lot of very annoyed objects get their own back. There’s plenty of action of course, but there’s a more serious tone in this second book, and some difficult choices for some of the characters. The Spirit Rebellion takes Eli Monpress to the Duchy of Gaol, where things are rather less perfect than they seem. It is probably intentional that Gaol reminds us of Shrek’s "Duloc", although its Duke does not seem as vertically disadvantaged as Lord Farquaad, and is an entirely different sort of villain. Eli is trying to steal a sword… Duke Edward wants a piece of Eli, and Miranda, expelled from the Spirit Court, is just trying to figure out what is going on. Once more Eli and Miranda have to work together and save the day… and bring freedom to a great many oppressed spirits. Another satisfactory book, plenty of action, lots of fun, and where’s the next one?
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