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Building From Ashes (Elemental World #1)

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,467 Ratings  ·  230 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 liked it
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,
Alex is The Romance Fox
I loved the Elemental World Series and though I liked the way it ended I somehow wanted to see where the characters would go next, especially some that I really liked.
So I was thrilled to discover that there would be a spin-off of that series that would give some of the secondary characters their own book.

And what a bonus to find out more about one of my favorite characters that we first meet in Hidden Fire - Carwyn ap Bryn,  photo c66de030f9f2b00f4f3f75847643c3af_zpsivcwchxd.jpg
A noble and endearing thousand year old vampire who has served most of
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
Apr 23, 2013 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, pnr, kindle
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
Jul 26, 2014 AJ rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica ❁ Far Dareis Mai ❁ Rabid Reads
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

3.5 stars

The Elemental World is a PNR spin-off series from Hunter's Elemetnal Mysteries series, and as excited about this book as I was--FINALLY, and HEA for Carwyn--while still being good, it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

Carwyn is a nearly 1000 year old Welsh vampire, and has been a priest that entire time. When he dedicated his life to the church, priests were allowed wives, and Carwyn had one, but when she died, leaving him a single parent of several small
Jul 08, 2013 Joy rated it liked it
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
Oct 28, 2012 Ferdy rated it liked it
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
Snow White
Sep 17, 2012 Snow White marked it as to-read
can't wait until october :D

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Oct 14, 2013 NiteReader rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 21, 2012 Kara-karina rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing  ·  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
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
Night Goddess
Feb 10, 2014 Night Goddess rated it really liked it
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......
Nov 21, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok
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
Oct 27, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing
Ok I held out reading this book and I as sorry but I was wrong. Always read Elizabeth Hunters books. I am on to the next one.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Oct 23, 2012 Anna (Bobs Her Hair) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: PNR/UF fans
4 or 4.5 stars...Terrific characterization, storytelling with substance (rich, specific, authentic-feeling)

Review to come

Oct 05, 2014 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: after-dark, mystery
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
Gwen Mitchell
Feb 10, 2016 Gwen Mitchell rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I love the intermingling and cross-over of these stories. I've always loved Carwyn and it makes my heart happy to see him get his HEA. It did seem at times that a lot of what happened in the Mystery books was getting sort of summarized and skipped ahead. I think if I hadn't read those, I might have been a little bored by it. I am glad that more was added, but I also felt like it was sort of a "backdrop" and not an actual plot that drove this story forward. Great to see the crossover with A Very ...more
Sep 25, 2013 Shreya rated it liked it
This book was nowhere near the original series, but it was good...
Shari Kay
Jun 07, 2015 Shari Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr-uf
I'd forgotten how much I love this world. E.H. is extremely easy to read and I really appreciated the fact that she kept Carwyn's religious faith strong. Some authors villianize religious beliefs, but Hunter didn't go there at all. I loved how though Carwyn was ready to change his calling, his faith did not waiver and more importantly... didn't need to.

The story covers ground that I was all ready familiar with in reading the Elemental Mysteries series, but seeing the events unfold through Carwyn
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
Sep 23, 2012 Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing
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.


Jan 07, 2013 Enjee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ebook, own
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
Oct 22, 2014 Kat rated it it was ok
This follows the characters from Hunter's "Elemental Mysteries" series with Gio and Beatrice/"B" and tells Carwyn's story. While I know in theory she explains the sire/child relationship (and subsequent lack of relationship with what we could consider "grandchild"), I still could never fully get on board with Carwyn after 1000 years getting with what would be his grand-daughter (the leaving the priesthood I thought she explained well and plausibly). The character of Brigid just seemed very rando ...more
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 Saunders
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
Oct 20, 2013 Melliane rated it really liked it
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My English review

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
Kate Phoenix
Read 25th July 2013.

Reread 28th May 2015

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Opening sentence.

He could see the flames licking at the houses, and hear the shouts of the humans as they ran, some rushing to safety, others attempting to drown the fire that had already turned the main house to rubble.

Carwyn is my favorite I don't care that he is a priest. 1000 years of Service to the church is enough. After losing his son to Lorenzo he has come back to be with his Family and take over as best as he can.

Dublin, Ireland

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Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Myste
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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.” 7 likes
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