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Building From Ashes: Elemental World Book One [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Hunter
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Book Description

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

In a world teetering on the edge of change, two beings struggle to find their purpose. Will their paths lead them closer together or tear their worlds apart?

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 the demons that torment her.

As loyalties are tested and new paths are forged, a lurking danger slowly grows in the Elemental World. Carwyn and Brigid learn that even secrets revealed can come back to haunt you when you least expect it.

Editorial Reviews


Readers who are looking for a good book that screams mystery and romance...Building of Ashes was made for you.--Mandy, I Read Indie
Building From Ashes is what I have been waiting for ever since I read A Hidden Fire! Carwyn is one of my favorite of Elizabeth's characters and it was wonderful to read his story. The way Elizabeth Hunter weaves the past and present to deliver this story as a whole is genius. 5 stars--Rebecca, Bending the Spine 
Building from Ashes is not a love story so much as it is a 'life story' of Brigid and Carwyn. ...Excellent story set in a rich, vibrant world.--BamaGal, Goodreads reviewer

From the Author

Dear readers, 
I hope you enjoy this first book in the expanded Elemental World universe. From the beginning of the Elemental Mysteries, readers have been asking when I was going to write Carwyn's book. I knew he had a story to tell, but I also knew that it had to happen at the right time. This was the right time. I hope you enjoy reading Building From Ashes as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Thanks for reading,

Product Details

  • File Size: 1168 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480217840
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E. Hunter (October 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TWO3C6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,284 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Books Just Continue To Amaze October 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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. The correct reading order should be (it should be noted at this point that ALL of these books are 5 Star rated and not just by myself, check for yourself):

A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book One
This Same Earth (Volume 2)
The Force of Wind (Volume 3)
A Fall of Water: Elemental Mysteries Book Four (Volume 4)
Building From Ashes (Elemental World) (this book)

I received this book as an ARC from the author unconditionally.

This novel for all practical purposes is a trilogy in one cover, it is divided into 3 "books" and each has a plot and a main thrust to it while all proceed towards a main theme which as with previous works is a masterful combination of action, romance and mystery.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but... October 31, 2012
By Kate
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
-- 3.5 stars -- Let's get the BAD out of the way first: I felt that this book could have been "more." I LOVED Carwyn in the Elemental Mysteries Series and was excited for him to find love. In my opinion, Bridgid wasn't all that likeable. I didn't necessarily DISlike her, but I didn't love her the way I loved B in Hunter's other books. The build-up of the romance was slow (that was good) but almost boring at times. When I read Elemental Mysteries -- despite the slow build and thorough development of the characters, I couldn't put the books down. I found with Building From Ashes that I needed a break every now and then.

Now the GOOD -- It was cool to see a different side of Carwyn. He was still true to himself in this book, but you got to see more of the vicious, protective fighter as well as the romantic. It was neat how this book overlapped the time frame in the Mysteries Series. We got to see what Carwyn was up to when Gio and B were wondering where he was and why he was acting strange.

Overall, I liked the book. It was boring at times, heroine was just "so-so," but I am still looking forward to the next book in the series. NOTE: I really think you have to read the 4 Elemental Mysteries books first, otherwise you might be lost -- you certainly wouldn't be able to appreciate this book as much without reading the others first.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better and better and better . . . October 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Building from Ashes by Elizabeth Hunter
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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 the leader of his large clan, a lover of loud and ridiculous Hawaiian shirts and professional wrestling and, a Catholic priest (yes, the Vatican knows about his fangy bits!) who has always placed his love of God, church, and family above his own needs and desires. To the world Carwyn is always the life of the party telling jokes and pulling pranks and appearing to genuinely enjoy his long life. Underneath the jovial exterior is the more private Carwyn, a passionate man of faith and devotion; a cunning, strong, and deadly fighter who will protect those he calls his own no matter the cost. Though many in the immortal community know and respect Carwyn they also often underestimate him and the lengths he will go to protect those he loves and holds dear. That never goes well º

Brigid is a fiercely tough, highly intelligent, independent yet loyal human who has been under the aegis of Ioan and Deirdre (Carwyn¡¦s ¡§children¡¨) since she was forcibly removed from her abusive household as a small child. Brigid¡¦s life has undoubtedly been hard, even near-unbearable at times but she has never wanted nor accepted anyone¡¦s pity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review for Building From Ashes October 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been looking forward to this book for a long time now. When I was first introduced to the Elemental Mysteries Series earlier this year, not only did I fall in love with Gio, but Carwyn absolutely stole my heart. This book exceeded my expectations in giving Carwyn the story he deserved.

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 that going into this book, but what I learned about him here was that this man knows how to be swoon-worthy! I guess I'm not really all that surprised it's just that up until this point, you see him as Gio and B's friend, the priest, the person you go to when you need help or comfort. I loved seeing this whole new side to Carwyn. It made me fall for him even more.

Brigid is introduced to the vampire world at a very young age. The experience was traumatic to say the least. She was brought into Carwyn's clan via his son Ioan. Even though she was human, she was protected under vampire laws since she was part of Carwyn and Ioan's family. Despite the protection and love she received from this new "family", Brigid was scarred severely by her past. She broke my heart and I hurt for her. Brigid is so tough, yet fragile at the same time. She was such an interesting character to discover.

Now, for the love. You know I have to touch on it, because it's what I look forward to most in my books. As I mentioned before, we see a new side to Carwyn that made me a bit drooly. He is shocked by his feelings for Brigid. He's watched her grow up and transform into a beautiful, confident woman. She's looked at him as a crush since she was a teen. Events transpire that bring these two together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the next book!
Completely hooked by this author. I'm going through each book of hers and buying the next as soon as I'm done. Love this series!
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I read and enjoyed all four of the Elemental series by Elizabeth Hunter. One of my questions in those books for me was; where does Carwyn go and what's the story that gets hinted... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am absolutely in love with this series
I am absolutely in love with this series. It is brilliant and so satisfying. I want more and am reading all that Elizabeth Hunter has written. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Cynthia L. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
Getting these new elemental books I like an unexpected gift. I am really enjoying them and how they fill in pieces of the extraordinary world the author creates. Read more
Published 10 days ago by harriedmomallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It was awesome to read Carwyn's story. It was spun so eloquently. He & his new wife (spoiler alert) work so well together. Can't wait to start next book in series
Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars even characters I didn't like, The surprise about the 2 books I read...
What a wonder storyteller. This is the second book I read by Elizabeth Hunter after stumbling upon her elemental mysteries series. After the first 4 books I was totally hooked. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Maryann Z
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh,My Gosh!
Oh My Gosh!! Finally...Carwyn's story ....and what a story!!! Another beautifully wrought tale by Elizabeth Hunter
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More About the Author

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two dogs, many plants, and a sadly empty fish tank. She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

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