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The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, a story of pirates and Panamindorah - Complete 5-Book Series [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Hilton
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $9.99

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Book Description

Even villains need a hero.


Those with paws eat those with hooves. This is what the wyvern gods of Wefrivain teach. The fauns of the islands are the slaves and food animals of their paw-footed counterparts, and the wyverns maintain the hierarchy. In return, wyverns are fed and worshiped. These days, however, faun pirates are spreading new ideas. Their charismatic leader, Gwain, has taught them to kill wyverns, and they are effectively killing off Temple Police. Gwain’s pirates are starting to worry Morchella, the Priestess of the wyvern cult.

She thinks she’s found an answer in the person of Gerard Holovar, the new captain of her Temple Police. However, upon his promotion, Gerard strikes up a quarrel with Silveo Lamire, the admiral of Morchella’s Temple ships and her second in command. Silveo has a reputation for cruelty, cunning, and a biting wit. He’s a foxling - a minority species - and rumors say that he was once an assassin, who clawed his way to power from a childhood of poverty and abuse. He cultivates serial affairs with persons ranging from his own lieutenants to dock prostitutes. On the surface, Silveo could not be more different from Gerard - a member of the dominant species class, born to money and power, adhering to strict codes of honor, and devoted to his wife.

When Gerard is promoted, Silveo is intimidated. Gerard’s presence seems to jeopardize the position Silveo has painfully carved out for himself. Silveo threatens to kill Gerard if he stays with the Temple service.

In spite of their differences, Morchella believes that Gerard and Silveo have between them the skills to catch Gwain. She orders them to work together. They make little progress until Silveo meets Gerard’s wife, Thessalyn, and hears her sing. Silveo is generous to Thessalyn and vocal in his admiration of her talents. Gerard finds it difficult to hate anyone who is kind to his wife. The three of them develop a complex friendship that deepens as details from their pasts reveal that they have more in common than they thought. Their hunt for the charismatic pirate will lead them to dark places. On the other side, they just might find redemption.

This download includes all 5 books in the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series:

Out of the Ashes
Shores Beyond the World

Warning: This is an illustrated series for grown-ups. It includes beautiful, whimsical artwork, because adults deserve pretty pictures, too. However, the explicit elements of the story escalate as the series progresses. There are sexual scenes and situations in these books, as well as types of violence not usually found in children's books. These books are not intended for children or young teens.

This 300,000-word series is DRM-free and carefully formatted. These books are also available in individual, illustrated versions. However, the complete series ebook is not illustrated.

Editorial Reviews


Abbie Hilton writes characters you will fall in love with, adventure that will rivet you to your seat, and creates worlds that will leave you breathless. --Philippa Ballantine (author of Wrayth and co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)

Ms. Hilton does a good job of inserting thought-provoking commentary on the human condition without interrupting a very good story. This is a story of gods that may or may not be normal and their meddling with their mortal instruments. Blind devotion becomes wary introspection. --View from Valhalla

The world of Panamindorah, where The Guild of the Cowry Catchers is set, is clearly huge, deep, and old, and Hilton has so far done a good job implying the weight and depth of it without bogging us down in needless (and endless) exposition. . . . But, the setting isn't what really does it for me about The Guild of the Cowry Catchers. It's the characters. The beautiful, beautiful characters. . . . The perfect management of rising, cresting, and descending tensions in these scenes is a testament to Hilton's skill. --Burning Zeppelin Experience

From the Author

Hello, readers!

These books are a type of fiction sometimes called "New Adult." They appeal most strongly to people in their 20's and 30's, often college or grad students. However, if you enjoy character-driven fiction with a big dose of dark humor, you'll probably dig these books.

The first book in the series is free. Test drive it, and see if my brand of story-telling is for you.

All the best,

Product Details

  • File Size: 1593 KB
  • Print Length: 895 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pavonine Books (October 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z49V7O
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared January 23, 2012
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Do not buy book one of this series - Trust me, you're going to want the whole series, so just buy the complete set right from the start.

The author creates a world rich in complexity and beauty, verdant landscapes, beautiful castles and sleek sailing ships. I only wish I had half the ability in creating vibrant three dimensional characters as this skillful wordsmith. The plot is well thought out, and the characters stay with you long after you finish reading. This story is in the adult category, in spite of what the cover might seem to imply. The characters deal with death, torture and their own sexuality in a way that is brutally honest, and touchingly gentle.

I haven't found an author I enjoyed reading this much in years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I was skeptical when I started listening to Abbie's podcast because I'm not usually into reading about "people/animals" but you discover quickly that this aspect of the world is a fully thought-out, integrated piece of the narrative that plays a key role in the development of the characters. Do not be fooled by the cheerful cover into thinking that this is a peppy kid-friendly story throughout. I would give this an R-rating, at least. Perhaps NC-17. Sexual themes, dark themes, violence, nudity, etc. In other words, grown-up stuff. (For young adult-appropriate material, head on over to The Prophet of Panamindorah, written in the same universe as Cowry Catchers.)

This story is a wonderfully addictive novel of two people who are complete opposites in all that they are and do, their attempts at doing what's "right" (or at least right for them), screwing it all up massively, and learning to live with the consequences and each other. It does not read like a 300,000 word story might, and by the end you will be wishing there were more.

I rarely am this impressed and engrossed by a novel, but I can whole-heartedly recommend this to any adult who loves dark, steamy, dangerous, action-filled stories. Buy the series in print, and for a real treat (free, too!), you can see professional illustrations of the first two books, and listen to a full-cast audio drama version of the first three books by going to [...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series January 12, 2012
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A thoroughly enjoyable series that often kept me up past my bedtime. The characters are engaging and memorable. At some point in the first book, I had already figured out what the rough contours of the overarching plot would be, but there were many twists and turns in how that plot played out, making it constantly interesting.

I felt that at times, the balance of action and introspection was a bit off - too heavily on the latter. Much of book three felt a bit like the arctic journey portion of Ursula K. LeGuinn's Left Hand of Darkness - two characters isolated in the wilderness, trying to figure out who they really are. Not a bad thing (and Left Hand of Darkness is one of my favourite books of all time), just noticeably different in pacing from the other books.

It's been a few weeks since I read the series and I'm still thinking about the characters. Overall, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic May 26, 2012
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I was looking for Kindle freebies when I came across the first illustrated volume of Cowry catchers. I was hooked in minutes. I couldn't pass up this wonderful world of misfits and heroes. After the first few chapters I knew I had to have the whole series. I count it as money well spent.
I got to experience the lives of multiple characters with different views of right and wrong. I was allowed to be a part of someones evolution. There were lines crossed that amazed me, scared me, and intrigued me. But I loved the characters all the more for it. This isn't an easy book. Some of the themes are dark and uncomfortable. It definitely isn't a book for children, no matter how cute the cover. But for an adult lover of fantasy that can keep an open mind It is unbelievably good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Wonderful! May 16, 2012
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The first book started out a little slow, but by the end of the book I was hooked and bought the five book series. It is an incredible story with flawed, but endearing characters (like real people). The story is full of twists and unexpected turns. It keeps you reading when you really should be going to sleep!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Throughly Enjoyable December 21, 2011
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I first experienced Abby's world with the prophet of panamindorah and I recommend everyone read the prophet books first to familiarize yourself with the world. After finishing all of Abby's currently available content, I still want to know more about the world. I am waiting, somewhat patiently, for more stories, so I am pretty hooked. Anyway, to the point, in the Guild of the Cowry Catchers, Abby takes us to a very different, darker environment; the status quo is of discrimination in this corrupted caste society, which worships false deities who only desire complete obedience. How has this society devolved so far? How can anyone do anything to make their world better? Your perspective begins through Gerard's eyes. He provides a glimmer of hope that good can prevail with his unyielding sense of right and wrong. You will have to read to find out more, but the quotes in the beginning of each chapter are insightful and humorous, the characters are interesting, and the story doesn't disappoint. As other reviews have pointed out, the book is dark and has explicit content, so it is not suitable for kids.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun
A bit randy. Complex characters in a malevolent world. The relationships and characters have evolved over the course of the series in a plausible way. Not for the squeamish . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth C. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars Story pulls you in; then there is gay sex
I just didn't need to read that. There needs to be some sort of warning system in place on these books so you can know to expect things like explicit sex scenes whether gay or not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Randall J Sheppard
2.0 out of 5 stars Might not be the best judge
If you're gay, you might absolutely love this... I'm not and I just put it down.

The first book does a decent job of exploring some of the gay/bi people's character, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Zomnivore
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess I missed something
Everyone seemed to love these books. I thought they were OK, but I had trouble getting really engaged in them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Estarianne
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a delightfully dangerous book
The Guild of the Cowry Catchers is a series that you might pick up during lunch and stop reading only when you realize that it is too dark to read the page and that you have not... Read more
Published 6 months ago by NCE
5.0 out of 5 stars New Favorite 4.5/5
This was my first anamorphic fantasy novel, and my first novel with homosexual themes. However, it has made it's way on to my favorites list. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tyiesha Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Really engaging
Enjoyed this series right from the beginning. A unique set of beings and no humans required to support them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Chaos Reid
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much silly sex
The story could stand on its own without the unnecessary sex episodes. It almost appears that when the author wanted a rest that she inserted sex.
Published 8 months ago by EHH
4.0 out of 5 stars engrossing
The series is a little slow to start with, but rapidly picked up the pace. It caught my attention and I soon found myself downloading the entire series.
Published 11 months ago by Lori L. Fuqua
5.0 out of 5 stars anthropomorphic
A different kind of read was held together buy many oddities. the variety of species and involvement they had maintained alliances with each other then changing,
Published 12 months ago by Terry L. Ferko
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Abigail Hilton is an itinerant nurse anesthetist. She has spent time in veterinary school, lived in Taiwan, and skinned rattlesnakes. Not in that order. Learn more about her at

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