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Building From Ashes

(Elemental World #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  6,657 ratings  ·  335 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 06, 2013 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,
Elizabeth Hunter
Listen, when people ask me what I think about Building from Ashes....



So here's the deal: I love these characters so much. Like... SO MUCH. That I often feel someone else—like someone who's a way better writer than me—should have written their book. But of course, that's not how it works because they're MY imaginary people and I'm the one who knows them best. But I am unworthy. But no one else can do it.

Does that make sense to anyone but me?

Clearly, this was a very person
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 o
Georgia ♥

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
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, pnr, favorites
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
Aug 03, 2013 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 ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
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 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
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
The major problem with this book is that it dragged like nobody's business. It took place spread out across multiple years and so much of the story felt unnecessary and could have been cut out for pacing. By the time I was at 30%ish I caught myself skimming. Due to this I kind of lost interest in the romance, because that too dragged on through the majority of the book before anything interesting happened between Carwyn and Brigid. Disappointing because I remember loving another book by this aut ...more
Oct 13, 2012 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
Oct 26, 2012 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
Anne - Books of My Heart
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2016
3.5 stars

I love this world and the mystery woven throughout the books. We learn more as time goes along. I also enjoy learning more about the characters and the characteristics of these vampires.

This story felt disjointed though. It is the story of Carwyn and Brigid. Each of their POV is given. But most of the time they are not together and the story spans at least 10 years. Some periods of time are skipped. The love story did not make sense in the very small amount of time they had together.
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Douglas Meeks
Sep 23, 2012 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.

Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review posted at Sinfully Delicious Book Reviews

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
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
Dec 13, 2012 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
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 s
Apr 25, 2013 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.
Night Goddess
Jan 12, 2014 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...... ...more
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Sep 16, 2012 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

Jun 10, 2013 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.
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was nowhere near the original series, but it was good...
Feb 05, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Vampire priests.....? Really weird concept
Michelle Dodd
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-reads
oh my god I am so glad Elizabeth wrote a book for carwyn he was my favourite character in the elemental mystery series. He is great funny hot Irish strong light hearted :-) I love that this books fills in some bits that were missing in the other books. I love carwyn's and Bridget's story it's so beautiful but the hell Bridget had gone through was so sad but she was strong and overcome that. this book was a great read can't wait to read the next one
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

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
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. Althou ...more
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
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-and-loved
One of my favourites of all time.
I sooo love Carwyn. He’s fun, smart, strong, good, honest, and yes, totally hot. Bridget is a good person who was broken at a young age, and struggled to heal her whole life. But she is strong and had family to help her, and eventually is able to believe that she is worthy of love.
Elizabeth’s writing is always great. She gives you all the details you need through the story, without bluntly spelling it out, or having characters spell it out in ways that seem unt
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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international bestselling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family.

She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books world-wide. She is the

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