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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 expanded Elemental World series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the 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.

Building From Ashes
Waterlocked (novella)
Blood and Sand
The Bronze Blade (novella)

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: 664 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: E. Hunter (October 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009TWO3C6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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51 of 51 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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14 of 16 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait! October 24, 2012
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I won't go into a lengthy synopsis of the book, but as with the other four in the Elemental series, you are drawn completely into the story. You become a part of it. You feel personally attached to the characters, as if they were some how close friends. I love Ms. Hunter's writing style, it flows so effortlessly, you glide along, caught up in the current and you don't realize how far it's taken you until it suddenly stops and, to your surprise, the story is over. You need to read the other books in this series to fully enjoy this one but they are well worth the time. You love Carwyn from the first moment you meet him and seeing him find such soul deep joy is, for a lover of good stories, one of life's little pleasures. If you like vampires, evil villians and perfectly imperfect heros, you're gonna love this book. I know I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I very much enjoy this entire series by Elizabeth Hunter
I very much enjoy this entire series by Elizabeth Hunter, This book was no exception. Highly recommend this author to any one.
Published 2 days ago by Charles W. Bonfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, great author
************* great story lines, really loving this author. Though I hate leaving written reviews. Sigh. Blanks filled here now
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
elemental vampires is a fun twist
Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Couldn't put it down
Published 26 days ago by brenda sadlier
5.0 out of 5 stars still just as good
I was apprehensive abt getting this because of some of the reviews. This is just as good as The Elementals Mysteries. I loved seeing things from Carey's perspective. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jumms
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Elizabeth Hunter writting stile and "Building from ashes" isn't a exception!
Published 1 month ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this story!
Published 1 month ago by Lauren V
5.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the 4 I read before about these ...
outstanding book. Great addition to the 4 I read before about these Vamps. Great take on the Vampire myth. Think you'll love it
Published 1 month ago by L. A Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars I love Carwyn. Reading this book made me learn more ...
I love Carwyn. Reading this book made me learn more about him. Overall, the book was humorous, sad, and loving. I'm glad Carwyn found his mate, Brigid. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Carwyn is incredible
Published 1 month ago by Jessica
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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 dwindling 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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