Legend of Eli Monpress #4. Author: Rachel Aaron.
Eli Monpress is vain. He’s cocky. And he’s a thief. But he’s a thief who has just seen his bounty topped and he’s not happy about it. The bounty topper, as it turns out, is his best friend, bodyguard, and master swordsman, Josef. Who has been keeping secrets from Eli. Apparently, he’s the only prince of a rather feisty country and his mother (a formidable queen who’s every bit as driven and stubborn as he is) wants him to come home and do his duty, which means throwing over personal ambitions like proving he’s the greatest swordsman who ever lived. Family drama aside, Eli and Josef have their hands full. The Spirit Court has been usurped by the Council of Thrones and someone calling herself the Immortal Empress is staging a massive invasion. But it’s not just politics — the Immortal Empress has a specific target in mind: Eli Monpress, the greatest thief in the world.
Sexual content: Character says “If he hadn’t warned us [about enemy warships on their way] they’d have found us as naked as a cheating lover.” Queen tells prince he must sire an heir. A man wakes up to find a spirit/woman/character sitting on his bed, and she starts to caress him. (Note: she snuck in a little while ago, so nothing happened, and he’s quite resistant to her advances.) Some kissing. “Well, we’ll have to keep you in bed with your wife!” – This in reference to the need for an heir. Some kissing between two women.
Language: 5 derogatory terms, 3 d***
Violence: Woman drowns several attackers in mud. A traditional duel is enacted – nobody is hurt. Two soldiers are found killed, spines severed. Man kills two nobles, cutting one’s throat and stabbing the other in the chest. There is a prolonged sword fight with multiple wounds on both sides. Awakened blade is killed. Character stabs another in the chest then cuts her own throat. Some fistfighting. One man slams another ‘into the ground’ and kills him. Character rips a man’s heart out. Multiple ships are sunk, and war spirits killed.