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Building From Ashes (Elemental World #1)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  2,873 ratings  ·  177 reviews
For a thousand years, powerful earth vampire Carwyn ap Bryn has served others. God. His family. His friends. But tragedy and loss disrupt his peaceful existence, causing him to question everything he has committed his eternity to.

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
Nook, 371 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 (first published October 19th 2012)
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Jun 12, 2013 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jill by: Bamagal & Wen

This is my first read by Elizabeth Hunter. To say that I'm impressed with her writing, story, characterisations and romance would be an understatement. Her titles have been recommended to me often and enthusiastically by Bamagal, and I can understand why after reading Building From Ashes. This is a very fine read, but for me not without some problems.

I think for anyone wanting to read Ms Hunter's work, it may be best to start with her series Elemental Mysteries and the first book A Hidden Fire,
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥

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
Carwyn, an ancient old vampire with the elemental power of earth; a priest that prefers to wear Hawaiian shirts to the clerical collar, who likes to watch wrestling matches, is funny, adorable and oh so charming. Has he finally met his match with Brigid? And can she resist his wiley charms? Brigid is one tough cookie and has had a rough childhood and a tough life and until she finds solace in the man they all call Father.

This is again another fantastic instalment from Elizabeth Hunter. She has
Carwyn, Carwyn, oh how I love you!!!! As a total scene stealing side character in the Elemental Mysteries series, he absolutely shines in his very own book, the first in the spin-off Elemental World series.

And let me just say right now, don’t even think about trying to read this book without reading the Elemental Mysteries (EM) series first. You will miss out on so much detail, you won’t know the characters, and most of the world will probably not make a whole lot of sense. Start with A Hidden
4.5 stars - Returning readers to the world of the Elemental Mystery series in this first Elemental World spin-off, the outrageous, gaudy-Hawaiian-shirt-wearing, earth vampire priest Carwyn gets his own eternal happily ever after in a wonderful character driven story laced with a bit of mystery, sprinkled with a bit of action, warmed by love sweet love, and heated by an eventual touch of steam.

I read Building from Ashes twice, back to back. I liked it the first time through, but I was so excited
Sep 17, 2012 Cipluk marked it as to-read
can't wait until october :D

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As with all of the Elizabeth Hunter novels I have read, I loved the world building and diverse cast of characters. Unfortunately this one dragged something fierce in the middle so I had to knock off a star! I hope we get to see more of Carwyn and his lady love in the rest of the series.
Hate to be odd man out on this one but it was slow--well written but slow--will read the next one hoping it flows better
Carwyn and Brigid's story.

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
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
Jul 08, 2013 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire romance lovers
I have loved this family of vampires from the first book I picked up and this one is no exception.

The basics: Carwyn, a 1000 yr old priest finds that he is no longer as satisfied in his life or vocation as he once was. We see the events of the previous books from his perspective as well as find out what was really happening to him during this time without interruption. Can a thousand year old vampire find love after so long? Carwyn is the "father" of a large and close knit clan in Ireland that
Night Goddess
Very nice..... This one had a little of everything sexy vamps, romance, comedy, action & mystery...... I mean what else could you ask for? This was my first read from author Elizabeth Hunter but I do believe she has won me over and gained another fan......
Tami (synchro from BL)
You know when...
you have a favourite side character in a series who then gets his own book?
And you are full of expectations. Because you loved that character. And are sooo happy to have him as main character in his own story?

And then you are disappointed. Because it is mostly boring, because the timeline crosses with the books in the series, which you have read and therefore know how it all ends from the beginning.

And you don't like the female lead. Who is too damaged, and still said to be sooo
I have issues with this series: for me they are a little too derivative and I'm not really a fan of romance. Having said that I have pretty much worked my way through all of these rather thrown them down in dismay. So
Good: This is Carywn and (view spoiler) story and I liked Carwyn in the previous novels. It continues the story of the elixir trading. We meet some more of Carwyn's family.
Less good: I didn't like Carwyn as much in this novel. Once the male characters become
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Oct 23, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: PNR/UF fans
4 or 4.5 stars...Terrific characterization, storytelling with substance (rich, specific, authentic-feeling)

Review to come

Story 3.5
Narration 4

Extension of the elemental mysteries(EM) series storyline, which was excellent. This novel filled in the gaps of Carwyn's life (One of the best characters from EM) in Ireland while he was a way from Bea and Gio. To be truthful it was too slow for a long period of time waiting for our girl to grow up. She was interesting as a character but no where as interesting as Bea was from EM. The pace is what kept this book back from a higher rating, but the last third was quite good wh
This book was nowhere near the original series, but it was good...
This was to me the weakest of the Elemental World/Mysteries series. I've been very impressed with Hunter's writing style, plot and her characterization. Part of the problem with this book is that she has done such a good job of developing the Carwyn character in previous books that I feel like I know him well and the premise of this story just doesn't fit him. At first I thought I was struggling with the "I've been a Catholic priest for 1,000 years and now I am hot for 20-something girl." And to ...more
Douglas Meeks
Building From Ashes (Elemental World, #0.5)Building From Ashes by Elizabeth Hunter

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.


Carwyn ap Bryn is my favorite vampire out of all the UF and PNR series I have read, and this book is one of my favorites. A romance of vampires, without the raunchy sex that seems to be part and parcel of PNR. This book is so well done I didn't miss it. There is sex, mind you, it's just not the gory details, rather it is a description of making LOVE and is by no means the whole story.
This book will seem choppy to anyone who reads it without first reading the 4 "Elemental Mysteries" books by the
Mandy (I read Indie) Anderson
I was super stoked to hear Elizabeth was going to continue on with Carwyn's story when I finished up the Elemenal Mysteries series. So when she offered me the chance to read an ARC of Building From Ashes, I was even more stoked. Readers will be able to see a different side of Carwyn & have a deeper appreciation for him. Readers will also get a different spin on the Elixir story line from the first series. But fear not, if you haven’t read the Elemental Mysteries series, you won’t be lost. Al ...more
Michelle S.
4.5 stars and another book on my favorites shelf

I just loved the Elemental Mysteries series so naturally I wanted to read the spin-off Elemental World series. Elizabeth Hunter did not disappoint!

I love Carwyn. From the beginning of EM series, he's such a great character. Very jovial, like your favorite uncle, but fiercely loyal to his family, friends and church and extremely powerful. I just love his sense of humor! For a long time, I couldn't decide exactly what Carwyn looked like, who he looke
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I love the Elemental Mystery series and I highly recommend you to read each novel because they’re all really great. But with the end of the Beatrice and Gio’s adventures, I was very pleased to see that the author did not stop there, and that a spin-off series would emerge. And that’s not all, because what more could we ask for than to have Carwyn featured this time? This is a mysterious character and yet he is always there for our two heroes throughout the no
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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
Fantastic! It has been about a year since I read the four books in the Elemental series, and this continued with Carwyn's story. I listened to the audible with 'immersion reading', and enjoyed the narrator very much.

'The first book in the highly anticipated Elemental World series, by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the best-selling Elemental Mysteries'.
Andrea Ramsey
Good book, great author

************* great story lines, really loving this author. Though I hate leaving written reviews. Sigh. Blanks filled here now
Katie aka Ms. Phoenix
How I loved this book. It continues with Carwyn and Brigid Connor. It coincides with the story of Gio and B. Once again a lovely read, with the right amount of intrigue, humor, excitement and chemistry. We get to see how Brig develops throughout the book and how well she turns out and that she has learnt from her mistakes. The whole Catholic and Priest thing was a hoot. The world that has been created by the author is magical and I hope that there will be many more books to come. What I thought ...more
Michelle(Chelle) aka Nightshade - Cake Whisperer
Solid 4 stars. I absolutely love Ms. Hunter's mind and the way she tells a story. The characters are real and true and you can't help but fall in love with them. I was already deeply in love with Carwyn from Gio & Bea's story but I love getting to know more about him and Brigid was so worthy of him. I loved her back story and of course I cried about Ioan all over again. I love how the arc of the story is progressing and look forward to seeing how our heroes are going to triumph over this "dr ...more
Rachel Scott
First, let me say I've always given Elizabeth Hunter's books an enthusiastic five stars and two thumbs up. I feel guilty and to be honest, sad, to give this book less than four stars. Let me explain: The Elemental Mysteries was amazing and I was excited to hear Carwyn still had a story to tell. Obviously, I thought this book would pick up where Elemental Mysteries Series ended. I was wrong. Spoiler alert, it starts all the way back to when Ioan is still alive and painstakingly slowly creeps to t ...more
Dorothea Müller
Dr. Giovanni Vecchio ist ein fünfhundert Jahre alter Vampir, der aus der Zeit der italienischen Renaissance stammt. In der Bibliothek von Houston lernt er die Studentin Beatrice De Novo kennen und ist sofort von ihr fasziniert. Auch Beatrice verfällt seinem dunklen Charme, ahnt jedoch nicht, dass sie sich damit in größte Gefahr begibt. Denn ihr eigener Vater, den sie immer für tot hielt, ist in Wirklichkeit zum Vampir gewandelt worden und hat den Zorn eines mächtigen Unsterblichen auf sich gezog ...more
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Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with a seven-year-old ninja who claims to be her child. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she’s not very good at it.) Somed
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Other Books in the Series

Elemental World (3 books)
  • Waterlocked (Elemental World, #1.5)
  • Blood and Sand (Elemental World, #2)
A Hidden Fire (Elemental Mysteries, #1) This Same Earth (Elemental Mysteries, #2) The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3) A Fall of Water (Elemental Mysteries #4) The Scribe (Irin Chronicles, #1)

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“Gemma told me that women like being courted, so please read the following reasons that you should marry me. (I only included five. I didn’t want to overwhelm you.) And yes, I realize this isn’t a traditional courtship. It’ll work anyway; I’m irresistible.” 4 likes
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