Ythology but with variety in their non human half and unified only by heavy handed wyvern cult that HAS ROOTED OUT AND PERSECUTED ALL OTHER EXPRESSION rooted out and persecuted all other religious xpression 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 Eyes 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 Priestess newest Captain of the Police promoted from 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 to 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 aten by other sentient beings just gives me the heebie jeebies I like Gerard really I do Against my better judgement I was Sinner's Heart even growing fond of Silveo by thend 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 ach other thing There is also some sexual content not too Spirit of the Wolf explicit this time but I gather that it gets so in later books Warning This is not an mm romance this is notven a bromance Just two guys forced to work togetherNever mind the overwhelming amount of species in the A Vineyard Christmas end they all sound like drones At 45% I feel like nothing is happening The story is too slow with too many unnecessary info dumps I know just a 5 star rating by itself doesn t really tell othersxactly 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 is Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose extraordinary and that she offers those freely for her readers is beyondxtraordinary This is an author who truly writes for the love of creation and bringing her creations fully fleshed to life for the reader ach 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 the 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 it 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 Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) enjoyment of Ms Hilton s words Each andvery one is a awesome piece of art Math Basics 6 even 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. 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 swiftnd of Gerardif Silveo doesn't do it firs. Right let s get started The PLOT SO HOT HOTDAMN EASILY WORTH So hotdamn Easily worth
Five Of My Stars But of my stars But 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 Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, 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 The First Ghost ever 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 like WHY ARE THE UEER ONES ALWAYS VILLAINIZED That then led to my determination to love Silveo best which I didn tven 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 I 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 Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential 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 ntirely 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 through ven 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 Humanism endSmart move Hilton Smart move Making me want to shell The characterization and the story line was interesting but I got lost amoung the races and bored with the reference work chapter prefaces Guild of the Cowry Catchers Book 1 is anngrossing 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 white Smokin' Hot ereader but are stunning in color 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 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 uibble 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 sto. 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. ,
REVIEW Embers The Guild of the Cowry Catchers #1,
Ry an incomplete feeling It also nds on a cliffhanger which and feels gimmicky On the face of it this seems like a decent 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 Embers Guild of the Cowry Catchers 1 is
an interesting book i m not uite sureinteresting book I m not uite sure 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 Wanton Nights ears I don t do long pointyars so I just imagined them as human to myself While My Soldier Serves editing that visualization when things like tails or paws were mentionedThe story isngaging and well written Gerard and Silveo who can t stand ach 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 ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe eventually turns into considerably as they face danger and track down clues Injoyed 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 and The Fiend Next Door eat other sentient beings The booknds abruptly 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 ven 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 that பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் effect 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 omnibusdition I have to say I am very conflicted when it comes to this book On the one hand the writing was decent The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 especially considering it was free I liked the main characters by thend A Meditation on Murder even the one you start the book hating by default because the protagonist does The world was fairly well developed and the worldbuildingxposition 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 I xpected 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 xtra 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 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.