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The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, a story of pirates and Panamindorah (The Guild of the Cowry Catchers)

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Imagine that the Chronicles of Narnia were written for adults and told with the gritty realism of George R. R. Martin’s Westross. The Guild of the Cowry Catchers is a dark, nautical fantasy for anyone who loves Robin Hobb, Stephen R. Donaldson, Pirates of the Caribbean, or any high seas fantasy adventure with complex, morally ambiguous characters.

These characters inhabit a...more
Kindle Edition, 895 pages
Published October 23rd 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Absolutely stunning! Amazingly engaging and beautifully written!

I originally read the first book in this series as it was free on Amazon. When I came to the end of it, I was so completed invested in this land and its characters, how could I not immediately get the whole set?

This book centers on two main characters, but the whole cast is incredibly important and no character was shallow or given short shrift. Hilton does an amazing job of giving life to everyone and everything. The politics of t...more
A.F. Grappin
I got hooked on the series pretty quickly. Wyverns, shelts (part human, part animal beings), talking beasts, pirates... there's not much this series doesn't have, really. But while The Guild of the Cowry Catchers might seem like a children's or young adult book from the type of characters and world it's set in, it is not. This is definitely a series written for adults. Very definitely. If you're the type to be easily offended, don't read it. In the disclaimer at the beginning of every podcast ep...more
Jason Kivela
I have been an avid reader of Abbie Hilton's work for years now, and this five part series is one of my favorite stories ever. The characters are engaging and real. You by turns love and hate them all. The plot is full of unexpected twists, but follows a logical progression. There are surprises, but no WTF moments. The world is beautiful, dark, dangerous and complex--it has been completely fleshed out. Don't let the size scare you off, at the end you will still be wanting more.
Joel Davis
The series is incredible, the depth of the word she has created is beyond measure. It feels like it really exists somewhere. The depth of the characters is also amazing, Abbie should have been picked up by a major a long time ago & the fact that she hasn't shows me that print media is truly dying. To let talent like this go unsigned is absolutely crazy. Although i do love her audio books & would pay any price for them the fact that quality work like this is free is a testament to her har...more
I have 'read' Books 1-4 via audiobook, and was enjoying [most] of the stories very, very much. I would probably have given them a 4-4.5 star rating so far ... UNTIL the last scene of Book 4, which instantly threw the whole story to a personal 5-star rating!! (I even had to replay that 8 or 9 times, I loved it SO much!)

The author has a cast of voices, not a single narrator, and there are background sound effects as well, which add to the whole environment of the story.

I'm very excited to read Bo...more
I have reviewed books 1 and 2 in earlier, separate entries. This is the compendium of all five books which unfortunately, because of its length, doe not contain e-book illustrations as the first two did. Although I thought the third book dragged a lot, as again and again, two main characters return to the same intense conversation about their growing feelings for each other, trying to work out to what length and in what way they will interact and engage each other, and also working through perso...more
Pirates and princes and poofy tails, oh my! Exiled for the sin of marrying for love, ex-prince Gerard Holovar seeks sanctuary and finds only danger and intrigue in this adventure on the high seas. This is a ground-breaking fantasy with engaging, complex characters and captivating storytelling. If you are easily offended by same-sex pairings, then you should avoid this book...which is a shame, because you'll be missing a hell of a read. The full-cast audio podcast of the book is also available fo...more
Beth Oliver

As with others, I got the first kindle book for free from Amazon and as soon as I finished it, immediately got the rest of them. The world is imaginative and amazing. The characters are great and it was fun to watch them develop. I'd love to read more from this story line and learn how all the races finally get along (or don't).
Sandra Mckenzie
This is a tough one, I liked the story a lot, and felt for the most part it was well written, just felt that some of the content took away from the story. It took me way to long to finish this book, because of "that" content. Will I read more of this author or recommend her books, no... Unfortunatly I won't.
I can't even begin to express just how much I love this series. It's beautifully written with well rounded and engaging characters. I love Silveo and Gerard and hope to see more of then in future books.
Daphne Sellers
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Martin Spernau
I loved it, beginning to end.
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When Abigail Hilton flopped, gasping, onto the beach of a tiny, unnamed key off the Florida coast, she was grateful that her audience included only a handful of sea gulls, a raccoon, and one very surprised panther. The panther fled, along with the raccoon, but one of the curious sea gulls hopped over to have a closer look at her. Moments later, now sticky with blood and feathers, she dragged herse...more
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