Spirit’s End by Rachel Aaron
First rule of thievery: don’t be a hero. When Eli broke the rules and saved the Council Kingdoms, he thought he knew the price, but resuming his place as the Shepherdess’s favorite isn’t as simple as bowing his head. Now that she has her darling back, Benehime is setting in motion a plan that could destroy everything she was created to protect, and even Eli’s charm might not be enough to stop her. But Eli Monpress always has a plan, and with disaster rapidly approaching, he’s pulling in every favor he can think of to make it work, including the grudging help of the Spirit Court’s new Rector, Miranda Lyonette.
But with the world in panic, the demon stirring, and the Lord of Storms back on the hunt, it’s going to take more than luck and charm to pull Eli through this time. He’s going to have to break a few more rules and work with some old enemies if he’s going to survive.
Following the events in The Spirit War, Eli has been taken by Benehime who cares nothing of her responsibility any longer. She’s selfish, short-tempered, and incredibly powerful – a bad combination. Of course, the only one who has a chance in stopping her from the destruction of the world is Eli, along with the help of some friends. Aaron has created a fascinating world in the Eli Monpress series. But the characters themselves are what I’ll miss most with this being the end of the series.
Exciting adventure and suspense paired with humor made this an epic finale to an unforgettable series. The final showdown was climactic and unpredictable with a satisfying ending, which made finishing it bittersweet. This is a fantastic story with vivid characters and a completely unique world that no fantasy fan should miss.