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The Legend of Eli Monpress Recommendation article

If you liked The Spirit Thief and the other books in The Legend of Eli Monpress series, then this article has a bunch of recommendations for you.

Most of the recommendations are set in a medieval fantasy setting, but a few are also in different settings, but they have main characters with lots of similarities.


Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. He's is a spirit charmer.
He's the greatest thief of his time.

Eli's companions are a swordsman and a demonseed. The swordman is carrying the most powerful magic sword in the world, but he has no magical ability of his own. And the demonseed can step through shadows and punch through walls, which is helpful for a thief.

Every single object has a spirit, and a wizard's power derives from the ability to enter into a mutual contract with these spirits. On the more evil side of the spectrum, wizards can also enslave the spirits.

Eli seems to be able to just talk them into doing what he wants. Like when he once persuaded a dungeon door that it would be much better off without those annoying nails keeping it together.

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Books like The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1)

Theft of Swords (The Riyria Revelations #1) by Michael J. Sullivan

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Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater work together as an infamous group of thieves. They make a living taking on high paying jobs for conspiring noblemen.

In their last job, stealing a duellist's famous sword, they become the unwitting scapegoats in a plot to murder the king. Sentenced to death, they are presented with an unexpected way out of their predicament.

This finds them suddenly entangled in a larger conspiracy regarding the leadership of not only their own kingdom but the empire as well.

Is The Riyria Revelations good?

This book is the start of a good and entertaining series.

The Riyria Revelations might not be among the best fantasy series, but it is absolutely worth reading.

Why is The Riyria Revelations recommended?

The Riyria Revelations books are probably one of the most similar book series to The Legend of Eli Monpress books on this list. Some of the characters have similar characteristics, and writing also has some similarities. The main characters in both series are excellent thieves and they like grand challenges. 

If you like The Legend of Eli Monpress books then The Riyria Revelations series is a must-read. 

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Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher

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The people of Alera are bound with furies, elementals of earth, water, air, fire, and metal.

The teenager Tavi stands out from all other people in Alere, he has no furycrafting.

However, Tavi manages to get by with brains and courage, even when everyone else has the power of furies backing them.

When his homeland erupts in chaos, when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies, Tavi's simple furyles courage will turn the tides of war.

Is Codex Alera good?

Furies of Calderon is the first book of Codex Alera, a finished six-book series.

This is an excellent series, and I absolutely recommend people loving fantasy books to read it.

Why is Codex Alera recommended?

The Legend of Eli Monpress and Codex Alera both have a similarish magic system. They both work by manipulating spirits.

The Legend of Eli Monpress have more type of spirits and they are not bound to a person like they are in Codex Alera.

Codex Alera Is not the book series that is most similar on this list. But it is a good book series.

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The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson

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Roshar is a world of stone and storms.

The Storm-father, an uncanny tempest of incredible power, sweep across the rocky terrain frequently. It has done so as long as anyone can remember.

The Storm-father has shaped ecology and civilization alike with its incredible power.

Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

In The Way of Kings, the first book of The Stormlight Archive, we follow three main protagonists.

Kaladin, who traded his promising medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother. But only to be twice betrayed by his Brightlord and ends up in slavery.

Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, brother of the late king, commander of one of the armies, and follower of The Way of Kings.

And Shallan, who is seeking to train under an eminent scholar and notorious heretic, Dalinars niece, Jasnah. Though she genuinely loves learning, Shallan’s motives are less than pure.

Is The Stormlight Archive good?

The Stormlight Archive is highly recommended.

The first book in this series is very promising. Sanderson is an excellent and productive author. This series is just like his other books. Excellent worldbuilding, top-notch magic system, and interesting characters.

If you like fantasy books, then this is a must-read.

Why is The Stormlight Archive recommended?

They both have spirits that are an integral part of their magic systems. But they are not much similar on other points.

The Stormlight Archive is not that similar, but it is an exceptional goos fantasy series.

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Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunner #1) by Lynn Flewelling

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Alec is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit and his life looks like it will soon come to an end.

He is however lucky enough to be a cellmate with Seregil, a spy, rogue, thief, and a nobleman. He helps Alec to escape and offers him an apprenticeship.

Soon Alec is traveling roads he never knew existed, toward a war he never suspected was brewing. They soon become entangled in a devious plot that runs deeper than they can imagine.

Complicating things further is Alec's discovery of Seregil's sexual preferences and his growing and confusing feelings toward Seregil.

Is Nightrunner good?

Luck in the Shadows is a really great book, and so it the rest of the Nightrunner books.

The Nightrunner books are an absolute must-read if you like fantasy books, as long as you are not homophobic.

Why is Nightrunner recommended?

The Nightrunner books also are about thieves, and one of them is real gentleman like, just like Eli.

The Nightrunner books are really good and absolutely worth checking out.

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The Lies of Locke Lamora (The Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch

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Locke Lamora has a quick wit and a gift for thieving and he is born in the island city of Camorr.

Locke has dodged both death and slavery, but only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains. A man who is neither blind nor a priest, but a con artist of extraordinary talent.

Chains pass his skills on to his carefully selected gang of orphans. A group that is known as the Gentlemen Bastards.

Under Chains guiding hand, Locke grows to lead the Gentlemen Bastards. Together they are pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another.

But Locke is not fully his own man.

A shadowy and ambitious figure known as the Gray King is using him. The Gray King uses Lock and the Gentlemen Bastards as pawns in his play to take control of Camorr's underworld. With a bloody coup threatening to destroy everyone and everything that he cares for, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own game or die trying.

Why is The Gentleman Bastard recommended?

The Gentleman Bastard is also about thieves, and it is also set in a fantasy setting. It is a very good book series.

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The Way of Shadows (The Night Angel Trilogy #1) by Brent Weeks

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Azoth started as a guild rat living in the slum. To survive this brutal life he learned to judge people quickly and to take calculated risks.

Risks like selling his soul to the devil,Durzo Blint, the most accomplished assassin there is. Azoth did this in order to protect his friends Jaral and Doll-girl.

To be accepted by Durzo Blint, Azoth had to turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name.

Now known as Kylar Stern, Azoth must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics.

Is The Night Angel Trilogy good?

The Way of Shadows is the first book in the Night Angel Trilogy. Its an excellent series.

The hours just fly by as we live the life of Kylar Stern.

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Hero Forged (Ethereal Earth #1) by Josh Erikson

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Gabe is a 32 years old con artist. He's currently low on cash and accepts a dubious job.

Even with Gabe's best planing, the job goes horribly wrong.

Gabe is suddenly trusted into a magical. A world that he never knew existed. He ends up with an ancient god trapped in his head, a god that wants to take him over. And he gets bounded to a succubus.

Can Gabe's quick wit and sly con artist tricks help him survive his new circumstances?

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The Book of Jhereg (Vlad Taltos #1) by Steven Brust

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Vlad Taltos is a wise-cracking assassin and mobster. Being an Easterner in the Dragaeran city of Adrilankha is not easy but despite that, Vlad has managed to become a minor boss in the criminal syndicate of the Jhereg Organization.

He arrogantly accepts a job with a staggeringly large reward from an extremely powerful and fared member of the Organization's ruling Council.

The job is to assassinate Mellar, another Jhereg crime lord who has absconded with a fortune from the Jhereg treasury.

No on steels from the organization and survives, or get a fast death.

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TV-Shows like The Spirit Thief (The Legend of Eli Monpress #1)

White Collar

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Neal Caffey, a charming con artist, escapes from a maximum-security prison, only to be recaptured by FBI Agent Peter Burke.

Instead of going back to prison he is given the choice to help the bureau. Help them to bring down other elusive criminals in exchange for his eventual freedom.

Is White Collar good?

White Collar is an interesting show, lots of cons and tricks. Cool to watch.

If you like crime shows, then you should give White Collar a try.

Why is White Collar recommended?

White Collar is not set in a fantasy setting, it is a reality show set in our times. But Neal Caffey is a gentleman thief that has some similar characteristics to Eli

It is a very good show that is worth checking out, even if it is not that directly similar to The Legend of Eli Monpress.

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Lucifer Morningstar is bored with his life and duties as the lord of hell. He decided to take a vacation in the city of angels.

Lucifer owns one of the cities most prestigious nightclubs. There he lives a life full of delicious sin and fun while trading favors with clients.

But when one of his clients is gunned down he teams up with an LAPD detective to solve the case.

Lucifer is so smitten with this detective that he decides to join the LAPD as a consultant. He uses his power to draw out people's deepest desires and wishes to solve crimes.

Is Lucifer good?

I love this show.

I know it`s jet another crime show with a specially gifted but flawed main person, but I still love it.

Some people get in a fizzy fit because the TV show goes too far away from the comic. I have never read the comic books so I don really care about that.

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