PDF/EBOOK [Embers The Guild of the Cowry Catchers #1] BY Abigail Hilton

Embers The Guild of the Cowry Catchers #1T set up a disinherited prince of a lesser kingdom becomes Captain of the Police for the slightly sinister ruling Princess and with the help of a cynical and threatening admiral who dragged himself out of the lowest classes mbarks on an investigation of a growing resistance force that puts both their lives in danger But the prince Gerard voice by the steemed Nathan Lowell who I hope got a lot of money for doing this is a grishnard the ruling caste of shelts who are half human and half griffin with fuzzy ars tails and hooves Silveo the admiral is a foxling and Gerard s best friend is his trusty griffin who flies him all around and talks too The Princess is bound by her service to the gods all powerful wyverns who also talk of course And swimTalking animals Who kill Campfire each other and make fine coats to wrap around their um pelts This would be a perfectly good story if not for thendless description of the Wyfervain caste system based on the histories of ach breed of talking magical animals Really Well mostlyThe growing trust and friendship between the xtremely well voiced Gerard and Silveo is very nicely done and these are the best parts I tune out during the occasional Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars exciting parts oho a storm approaches And I wasxtremely disappointed to discover upon concluding Book One that there is no narrative arc that distinguishes any of the Books from one another and the story is apparently only one third or less over Alas and alack it is over for me Even the gifted Nathan Lowell can t keep up the interest for me Guild of the Cowry Catchers Book 1 is an Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life engrossing fantasy Abbie Hilton has a gift for character development and story telling Whether you read the regular or the illustrated version this is a great story The illustrations looked nice on my black and whitereader but are stunning in color I know just a 5 star rating by itself doesn t really tell others Crazy Love exactly what is so good about a book So I am adding a few sentences to back up the stars First I have read the authors Prophet series as well as several of her shorter fiction having just finished the first book in the cowry catcher s series I feel like I can safely say this No only is Ms Hilton an author who should have been scooped up by a major publisher long ago her commitment to the audio versions of her works isxtraordinary and that she offers those freely for her readers is beyond Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society extraordinary This is an author who truly writes for the love of creation and bringing her creations fully fleshed to life for the readerach with all their character traits good or bad I have rarely picked up books where I not only feel like I know the characters well so uickly but also where I rapidly become invested in their lives and adventures based on my reading thus far she is also an author who continues to hone her craft and it shows in the reading of Embers One last thing if you are debating As To Which Version Of to which version of Cowry Catchers series you will purchase before you decide please download Embers first it is free and you really need to xperience the fully illustrated version of the books in this series If you can afford to pay the 499book for books 2 5 do so If you can t go ahead and get the 5 book non illustrated combo #So You Can Read #you can read now but when you can afford it go back and get all 4 individual illustrated versions First time after I read Embers I could not afford to purchase ither now that I can I have purchased books 2 3 and will buy the others as soon as I finish reading those The illustrations take words that already beautfully bring this story and the characters truly to life and add ver so much to the pure njoyment of Ms Hilton s words Each and Black Heart, Red Ruby every one is a awesome piece of artven if there was not the masterful story to go along with it I applaud and commend Ms Hilton for the many hours of pure gold she has spun for me so far and look forward to many hours of incredble action adventure and romance in the world of Panamindorah Embers Guild of the Cowry Catchers 1 is an interesting book I m not uite sure how it nded up on my TBR list because I m usually not drawn to fantasy with non human characters The characters in the world of Wefrivain are shelts humanoid on top and animal on the bottom Except for a few details though I found Gerard the honorable new Chief of Police for the High Priestess who is a humanoid griffin combination and Silveo the corrupt ruthless and damaged Admiral humanoid fox to be very human on the inside I had a hard time maintaining the visualization of the characters as described with their foxgriffin lower halves and long pointy ars I don t do long pointy New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood ears so I just imagined them as human to myselfditing that visualization when things like tails or paws were mentionedThe story is Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey engaging and well written Gerard and Silveo who can t standach other are assigned to work together to find the lusive leader of the Resistance Understanding and trust gradually grows between them which going by the reviews of later books ventually turns into considerably as they face danger and track down clues I ЯED enjoyed their interactions and seeing their characters unfold through the storyI found a few things besides the half animal appearance of the characters a little difficult particularly the fairly bleak nature of the world and the fact that sentient beings hunt andat other sentient beings The book nds abr. Of the High PriestessUnfortunately his superior officer Silveo takes an instant disliking to Gerard Silveo has a reputation for cruelty cunning and a biting wit Rumors claim that he was once an assassin who clawed his way to power from a childhood of poverty and abuseIn spite of their differen. Uptly it s the first part of a serial and the reason given for cutting the story into smaller parts is to accomodate the illustrations without making the book file too big So be warned that this isn t a complete story this installment doesn t The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs even have its own complete story arcLater installments of the Guild of the Cowry Catchers veer into definite not my thing territory so I won t be reading on It s a good well written story not continuing is just a matter of my own personal preferences Also be aware that Guild of the Cowry Catchers is very much for adults not a problem for me but it appears that other readers have been taken by surprise not noticing the author s very direct warning to thatffect I would suggest before starting that you read the descriptions and reviews of all the books to decide if it s for you If you do decide to go for it I would recommend buying the individual installments to get the beautiful illustrations which aren t included in the omnibus Moreno edition Gambled on this free download of a self published book and lost A potentially interesting world but the author tellsverything and shows very little It feels like a play where a few characters make comments while the backdrop is hazy and all the real action happens offstage From reading reviews of the later books it seems sex becomes of the small action in later books all the reason to not read any Right let s get started The plot So hot hotdamn Easily worth all five of my stars But it s not five star as you can see It s four star and that s mainly because when I first started reading this I was so angry at the fact that the writing was mainly telling instead of showing I cannot tell you the sheer amount of times I nearly rage uit out of this before the plot picked upA few things actually nearly put me off One of them was when Hilton was describing what Monsieur Pain exactly a grishnard was This is of course a person with the bottom half of a griffon And so of course that popped me right back out of the book and I had to rage a little bit because the bottom halves of griffons are lions Of course lion shelts are mentioned later on and were their pelts were described to be near indistinguishable from griffon pelts so that was something I grudgingly accepted There was the writing which I already mentionedGerard disgraced prince of a small kingdom and our protagonist he was described asxtremely honorable and because of my own weakness towards that sort of character I predicted that I would probably like him best That is completely utterly fantastically incorrect Do you know why Two words Silveo Lamire the snarkiest little manipulative shit I have ver seen At first I was dragged along with Gerard s dislike of Silveo until he was mentioned to be sexually omnivorous who says that Which gender is the carnivore and which is the herbivore Let s just say pansexual and then I went off on a rant that went something the herbivore Let s just say pansexual and then I went off on a rant that went something WHY ARE THE UEER ONES ALWAYS VILLAINIZED That then led to my determination to love Silveo best which I didn t ven have to force once he was fleshed out a bit If I have a critiue on his friendship between Silveo and Gerard it s this the point where the two become friends is just kind of shoved in our faces They get scolded by their boss who incidentally wants to tap Gerard s ass so badly that when she had her first interaction with him I thought she was so thirsty she would drink an ntire ocean and then there s some awkward so you re a person I m a person s some awkward so you re a person I m a person did a bad thing I apologized things happening and suddenly they re friends There isn t given Silveo s personality nough suspicion towards Gerard or animosity He gives him the silent treatment threatens him a bit and then whoops they start becoming friends like they tripped bass ackwards over themselvesI kind of really love Silveo He s great and snarky and a manipulative little shitBut yeah the plot The Exhaustion Breakthrough eventually got songaging that I kind of forgot about the writing style It solidifies a lot as you go on there are hilarious hijinks between Silveo and Gerard there are some not so hilarious hijinks between them and I just got suckered into the I love Silveo Lamire bandwagon so The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good entirely I might as well become a raging fangirl shouting headcanons on tumblrThis is a good distracting read once you get over the initial hump that is the beginning of the novel Keep trucking throughven if it starts with describing things you kind of forget about as soon as you read them The plot once you get there claws itself into your brain and makes you want to throw something across the room as soon as you hit the cliffhanger at the ndSmart move Hilton Smart move Making me want to shell out cash for the next installment What are you the next Dickensian serial writer Or maybe Tom Jones writer That was also a serial with multiple books although admittedly those books were like 3 5 chapters longAnyway I am probably vehement and motional about this #book than I should be That s what you get for having Silveo as a character though He s far too #than I should be That s what you get for having Silveo as a character though He s far too snarky and with deliciously dark backstory Far interesting than a disgraced prince in my opinionAlso I m calling it now There was a throwback comment that Silveo s and Gerard s boss lady was maybe related to Gerard s wife and I m saying now that it s going to build into a major plotline later on I could be paranoid but I feel like it ll become a thing. Ces the Priestess insists that Gerard and Silveo cooperate to destroy the charismatic pirate Gwain and his mysterious organization the Guild of the Cowry Catchers Gwain has been killing off the Temple Police for years and he seems likely to make a swift nd of Gerardif Silveo doesn't do it firs. ,

review ´ PDF, Book or Kindle PUB free Ø Abigail Hilton

I have to say I am very conflicted when it comes to this book On the one hand the writing was decent specially considering it was free I liked the main characters by the nd ven the one you start the book hating by default because the protagonist does The world was fairly well developed and the worldbuilding Bidadari yang Mengembara exposition not too intrusive The flipside of this The world that was so well developed makes my skin crawl I ll get to that below Also I was under the impression that this was the first book in a series as in a complete story set within the larger context of the series arc Instead it s a serial There s no resolution just a slightly final than usual chapter break with a vaguely ominous teaser for what happens next I admire the business strategy making the first part of the story free to get you hooked but I m still annoyed at having to shell out money if I want to find out what happens next Will I Not sure honestly Not for a while at any rate If it s still bugging me in a month or so I might spring for it Depends on my book buying budget This is not to slam serials just to vent slightly because what I got was not what Ixpected My fault not the author s All that said I would recommend giving this a look This first installment is free from in the illustrated version and the illustrations are undeniably beautiful They lost something on my BW Kindle of course so my future purchases will probably be the cheaper unillustrated collection I did go back and look at the illustrations on my computer in color but they re not worth the Red River Girl extra money to me They might be to youThe islands of Wefrivain thrive on ineuality and division They are populated by humanoid shelts think the fauns and satyrs of mythology but with variety in their non human half and unified only by the heavy handed wyvern cult that has rooted out and persecuted all other religiousxpression The dominant species are the Grishnards griffin shelts with other panauns shelts with paws instead of hooves living as second class citizens The various species of fauns hoofed shelts suffer a far worse fate nearly wiped out on most of the islands save the one that is kept as a game preserve and La strada delle croci even there facing the constant threat of being hunted andaten Not surprisingly there s a spirited resistance group of pirates and other similar parties fighting to overturn the social order Each of the varied islands is an isolated kingdom beholden and answering only to wyverns and their ageless High PriestessGerard Holovar is the High Priestess newest Captain of the Police promoted from the ranks of the Temple Watch navy after a particularly spectacular capture of a pirate vessel Gerard is tasked with finding and destroying Sky Town the rud headuarters of the resistance but for that he will need the help of Silveo Lamire his former commander who has tried to kill him on multiple occasionsAs I said above I m conflicted on this one In the plus column the world was pretty well fleshed out and seemed pretty real given it s premise I ven have pretty well fleshed out and seemed pretty real given it s premise I ven have grant that the parts that creep me out make a fair amount of sense given the animal based biology of the characters and society Butit s so disturbing Now the characters in the story are humanoid descendants of carnivorous and herbivorous beasts respectively so the dynamic remains unchanged from ages past I get that really I do But any story where sentient beings are being The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth eaten by other sentient beings just gives me the heebie jeebies I like Gerard really I do Against my better judgement I wasven growing fond of Silveo by the nd of the book But the fact remains that Gerard and Silveo are working to preserve the horrific status uo I like them but I can t help hoping they fail in their uest to track down Sky Town I suspect that this is deliberate and my issues on this count will be resolved in later installmentsCONTENT I don t recall there being any profanity worth mentioning There is a fair amount of violence sometimes disturbing given the whole ating mentioning There is a fair amount of violence sometimes disturbing given the whole Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, eating other thing There is also some sexual content not tooxplicit this time but I gather that it gets so in later books While I m typically am harder on books that are fond of using its own terms for things I don t want to have to work to follow the author s dream this was a surprisingly well written story and worth the xtra patience in My Opinion The Only Other opinion The only other with it was that the characters seemed much of a piece with all of the main characters being good guys or people who would be good if it weren t for their background Bad guys who are just misunderstood strike me as the author being afraid to write disagreeable characters And there wasn t much in the way of character development which strikes me as the author knowing that this is a series and just waiting for subseuent books to put in development which gives the story an incomplete feeling It also nds on a cliffhanger which and feels gimmicky The characterization and the story line was interesting but I got lost amoung the races and bored with the reference work chapter prefaces Warning This is not an mm romance this is not The West Transformed even a bromance Just two guys forced to work togetherNever mind the overwhelming amount of species in thend they all sound like drones At 45% I feel like nothing is happening The story is too slow with too many unnecessary info dumps On the face of it this seems like a decen. A tortured prince A snarky assassin An assignment that’s about to land them in a world of troubleGerard lost his birthright in his small island kingdom when he married the court minstrel He fled to the only place that offered protection from his father and his vengeful local deity the service.

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