|The first book in the highly anticipated Elemental World series from 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.
Enjoying a book I hated, I don´t get it either. My excuse is not enough coffee.
I am reviewing all three books together as I feel this should have been one book.
There are so many things wrong with this series but something about the story made me want to read all three. This was painfully awful and at the same time it wasn’t, there is so much potential in this series to make it great but as it stands it is unexceptional.
So let me start with everything I did not like about the books.
This book desperately needs some serious TLC in the editing department, and I’m not just speaking about the typos and grammar issues. Content wise the author would have greatly benefited from a good editor to give insight on the flow of the story and character development. The author claims that this was a new edited version, fire your editor and find somebody competent.
Syssi, the main character is a coward. Annoyingly so. She supposedly has premonitions, very accurate ones at that. Yet, throughout the book she gets two bad feelings. This was the only thing that made her interesting, the first three pages of the book were what got me interested and this was an important aspect. It was so disappointing that this “minor detail” only gets mentioned as her supernatural ability and not actually explored in the plot or to enrich her character. Seriously author?
Her inner self lamenting monologue is excessive and infuriating; she is insecure in the beginning of the book and remains so until the very end. AGH!!! Please give the girl a pair of balls! Work on character development and for pity’s sake make her something better than she was when we first met her.
Then there is her obsession with saving money, I’m all for smart spending and avoiding unnecessary expenditures but the character was beyond obsessed, every time money was mentioned I wanted to scream in sheer anger at how absurdly ridiculous she came across (there must be a more appropriate adjective to insult her but it’s not coming to mind right now). I skipped any conversation that included money. Author your character requires serious therapy.
Kian is a two thousand year old immortal, with the mentality of a teenage boy from an ultra conservative family that has never seen beyond the walls of the village somewhere in the dark ages. He never does anything that marks him as alpha of his clan, fighting is done by others, with the exception of scaring the crap out of a kid and biting the insecure money obsessed female. This guy can morph into any shape he desires, but does the author exploit this? Not once, there is not one scene that shows the beast and how bad ass he is. So sad.
The author pays too much attention to secondary characters in these three books. Should they be excluded? Absolutely not, they should however have been integrated in a different manner without focussing on them.
These three books should have been one book, Kian and Syssi’s story, introduction to the secondary characters, their presence but focus on the two main characters’ story.
I reached the end of book 3, the last of Kian’s and Syssi’s story and guess what? There is no ending! No ENDING!
How do you tell a story about two people for three books and come the end of book three and there is no end?
FRUSTRATING as HELL!
I will not be reading the remaining books; I sincerely hope the author reconsiders these first three books. Rewrite them, make one book, focus on your two main characters, give the story a beginning a middle and an end. Reconsider character development, surely Syssi does not need to be such an insecure creature throughout the book, does she?
Think about including her gifts of premonition, use Kian’s badass gifts and make him more the alpha and the immortal you kind of expect a two thousand year old creature to be.
So why did I read it and am giving these books a reasonably decent rating with 3 stars despite all of the above?
Because for some screwed up reason beyond mortal comprehension I actually enjoyed them. Overall the concept of the story is good, the secondary characters are interesting enough to warrant further development and with a good editor these books could truly be compared to the Black Dagger Brotherhood. As they stand, I am sorry to say but they are so far behind that the BDB are not even within their sights.
She´s a brilliant writer, her books are fabulous and even a wife and mother of children like myself falls in love with her characters…. Giovanni Vecchio is all I´m saying.
In Firenze last year my thoughts were torn between imagining the de Medici´s and fictional Gio walking around that amazing city that I fell head over hills in love with as soon as I stepped off the train.
It´s Elizabeth´s birthday this month and she celebrates by giving away a signed book, it´s my birthday too except I´m kind of hoping it just looks the other way and keeps moving on.
Follow the link and try to win yourself a signed copy of one of my favourite series and even if you don´t win, go buy it and read it.
I love all books by Elizabeth Hunter so I was super excited when a another EH book lover Meg A. Watt created a Facebook page for us stalkers. If you are a fan or have intentions of reading her books please feel free to join us at All Books by Elizabeth Hunter
A few years ago I bought the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer for child 1, recently she reread the books and like always didn´t put them back on the bookshelf. This weekend I was putting them away and decided that maybe I should give them a read (yes I know that I´m a little late) but with my aversion to young adult books I thought it was rather brave of me.
I made it all the way to book four and finished… sort of, I skipped a lot of pages in all four books, being constantly reminded as to why I do not and should not read YA. Are the books appropriate for young adults? Hum… I guess it doesn´t really matter since so many people have read them. My question is why do adults like these books?
There were no vampires! Okay so the copper haired kid say´s that the big one likes to hunt grizzly bears, now those cuddly creatures are hairy as hell so I have to raise the question, what sort of teeth do these vampires have to bite through all that fur? Fair enough, I skipped a few pages but not once did I read about rows of razor sharp teeth like a shark, I don´t even recall the “acceptable” fangs getting an honorary mention in this book. Do they break the animal´s neck and then shave a piece of fur to dig in their perfect straight white teeth (those were mentioned a few times).
I don´t think it is really necessary to name all the reasons why Bela Swan is an idiot of a girl, let´s just take it as a fact that she is an imbecile.
Although I don´t expect realistic situations in this genre but some things are just a bit too much. So this Edward Cullen kid dies when he was seventeen and one hundred years later he is still a virgin??? At least Andy Stitzer was only forty.
Either way, I think she should have chosen elves or something like that instead of vampires. It was´t even the sparkling thing that bothered me, it was the lack of everything else, even for a YA book.
If you have to read just one vampire book in your whole life at least read Bram Stoker, Dracula is where it all started.
The Scarlet Deep
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On the waves of the North Atlantic, a poison spreads, sapping the life from humans and striking madness into immortals.
Patrick Murphy, the immortal leader of Dublin, has been trying to stem the tide of Elixir washing into his territory, but nothing seems to stop the vampire drug. While others in the immortal world work to cure the creeping insanity that Elixir threatens, Murphy has been invited to London to join a summit of leaders hoping to discover who is shipping the drug. If Murphy and his allies can cut off the supply, they might be able to halt the spread long enough for a treatment to be found for the humans and vampires infected.
Anne O’Dea, Murphy’s former lover, retreated from public life over one hundred years ago to help immortals in need… and to heal her own broken heart. Though powerful connections keep her insulated from the violence of vampire politics, even Anne is starting to feel the effects of Elixir on her isolated world. The human blood supply has been tainted, and with Anne’s unique needs, even those closest to her might be in danger. Not just from infection, but Anne’s escalating bloodlust.
When Anne and Murphy are both called to London, they’re forced to confront a connection as immortal as they are. As they search for a traitor among allies, they must also come to terms with their past. Behind the safe facade of politics, old hungers still burn, even as an ancient power threatens the fate of the Elemental World.
Sadly for quite a while I haven´t felt truly excited with a new book, don´t get me wrong, I like plenty of authors and am happy to buy their books but there are a two exceptions: Ilona Andrews that has yet to publish something that I didn´t like and even after years of following Kate Daniels and Curran I have yet to become bored with this series. When they published the first book in the Hidden Legacy, Burn for Me, I was excited. The same can be said for Elizabeth Hunter, Elemental Mysteries was a delicious series to read so when she announced the new series, The Irin Chronicles I was excited to read it, and was not disappointed.
Then there are authors that I like but am not overly excited to read their new books simply because at some point I became bored with the series or the characters. Not the authors fault, I simply lost interest so maybe a year after the book has been published I will buy it, maybe. One of these really awsome authors is Chloe Neill, I followed Merit and Ethan Sullivan for a while and was entertained by them but about three books ago I lost interest, I have purchased all the books but the last one in the series is still sitting in my kindle waiting to be read. But as I said I like the author so like the other authors that I like I subscribed to her newsletter years ago and always take the time to read it. Earlier this week Chloe Neill posted the first three chapters of a new book in a new series, The Veil, The Devil´s Isle Book 1, I went over to her website to read the first three chapters and I am really excited and looking forward to this book.
If the first three chapters are anything to go by this is going to be one amazing book to read, Chloe Neill has outdone herself with this book if she keeps the same pace and the same vibe that you get in the first three chapters. So yes, I have preordered the book that will only be available on the 4th of August and I am very excited to read it, so thank you Chloe Neill for bringing back that little spark that ignites the love of a book as soon as you read the first page, on August 4th I will be unavailable as I will be reading The Veil.
Elizabeth Hunter: http://elizabethhunterwrites.com
Chloe Neill: http://www.chloeneill.com/?page_id=769#devil8217s-isle-nal
Ilona Andrews: http://www.ilona-andrews.com/books/