Building From Ashes (Elemental World #1)
Brigid Connor has known about vampires since they rescued her from a painful childhood. But not even their vast elemental power can save her from...more
Carwyn is over 1,000 years old, and has been a Cath...more
We can build again. Even from ashes.
After 5 books I can say for sure that I just love Elizabeth Hunter's writing style. It's lyrical and fluid, almost effortless and the story it's not a canvas you admire but a musical beat that you can feel pulsing in your chest. Her original take on vampires is refreshing and almost believable and sometimes it makes you think that you can meet one down the road...
This book is a spin-off of her highly praised Elemental Mysteries books. It is a s...more
This is again another fantastic instalment from Elizabeth Hunter. She has...more
I read Building from Ashes twice, back to back. I liked it the first time through, but I was so excited...more
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I am officially out of adjectives to describe exactly how much I love Elizabeth Hunter and the Elemental Mysteries world she has so beautifully crafted! Building from Ashes is Carwyn’s story and is a stand-alone companion to the Elemental Mysteries series. As always I find myself unable to assign anything other than 5 stars to this excellently written novel.
Carwyn is a one thousand year old vampire who is...more
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I suppose I should say right up front that if you have not read the 4 book series The Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter before you read this book it will be impossible for you to have the full enjoyment of this novel. Subsequently, be aware that all opinions in this review are from someone who HAS read that masterpiece of Paranormal Literature. I received this book as an ARC from the author unconditionally.
This book will seem choppy to anyone who reads it without first reading the 4 "Elemental Mysteries" books by the...more
Carwyn was great — he was funny, honourable, easy going and best of all he wasn't a manslut.
Brigid was a decent heroine but she did become somewhat of a Mary Sue in the latter half — her super speshul powers kind of annoyed me.
Book 1 focused on Brigid's early years — her traumatic childhood, how she became a part of Ioan and Deirdre's family/aegis, her time at uni, her drug use and her recovery. There was a quite a bit of insight into Brigid's closed off personality an...more
Every time I read anything Elizabeth writes I can't help but immerse myself in her gorgeous, captivating and lively world of elemental vampires completely, so her books for me are always a treat.
I was sad to bid Gio and Beatrice goodbye, and I'm sure it will take awhile for me to warm up to the change of dynamics in the spin-off of this series. You see, now, instead of having a series about one couple continuously, we have one couple in each new book if I understand correctly. As a result w...more
That being said, there were a couple of inconsistencies in this one that were rather grating for me, although they might not bother anyone who isn't as OCD about such things as I am - and it can certainly stand alone without the Elemental Mysteries, in which case the inconsistencies wouldn't even be noticeable.
I like Brigid, and Car...more
-No unnecessary back-story: thank goodness!! I sorely dislike when I am reading a series and the first few chapters or several chapters through-out the book are dedicated to explaining that which I've already read in previous books. That's very annoying. E. Hunter doesn't do that with this story des...more
My first sentence here is a confession: I love Carwyn, I really do with his hidden strength and easy smiles... but much like Brigid herself, I had some mental blocks when trying to paint him in the light of a romantic interest. He was a priest! Totally not designed to be lusted after... right? Right?!?
Except that b...more
I'm a huge fan of the Elemental world that Elizabeth has created starting with A Hidden Fire. Though this is a spin-off, I recommend starting with the Elemental Mysteries before diving into Building From Ashes. I think it will definitely be worth your while as we read a whole new outlook into vampire lore.
As stated in the synopsis above, this first installment in the Elemental World series overlaps a little bit with A Fall of Water. It was great t...more
Getting to know more about Carwyn bu...more
Even though this story is complete in itself, I would recommend...more
Carwyn has been a priest for over a thousand years. He's also an immortal vampire. The element that he draws power from is Earth. He's goofy, sweet, family oriented, loyal, and charming. Well, I knew all of...more
4.5 stars. Elizabeth Hunter is an architect of words and stories. She builds worlds and characters, carefully weaving every word together until it turns into something magical.
I have loved Carwyn and his Hawaiian shirt wearing, wrestling watching self since book one. He is charming, soothing, comforting, funny, loving, and just a downright sexy ginger. Yes, I called Carwyn the EX-priest a sexy ginger.
Brigid wiggled her way into my heart, but I guess she was lucky to have Hunter be the one to tel...more
I can't wait until the author revisits the series. She says she has many more planned but is taking a short break to clear her palette (as it were). Which I think is a great idea.
So be sure and read ALL her books. Fantastic.. especially the first 4.
I would give this one a solid 4.5 stars. The beginning was a bit confusing to me as the timeline jumped around but apparently it coincides with another book in the other series. Once the timeline evened out, I loved the story. It was well written and moved along a just the right pace.
The story was boring and the characters were not particular interesting. My favorite character from The Elemental Mysteries, Carwyn, become oafish and kept disappearing from his own love story. I do not recommend it.
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