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The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, Book 1: Embers [Kindle Edition]

Abigail Hilton

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An honorable prince. A jaded assassin. Can they work together to catch a pirate?

**ILLUSTRATED VERSION**

Among the querulous island kingdoms of Wefrivain, the only unifying power is religion--a wyvern cult, ruled by an eccentric High Priestess. The wyverns are under attack by a gang of pirates, known as the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. The pirates are beginning to worry Priestess Morchella.

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, the Admiral of Morchella's Temple ships. 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.

In spite of their differences, Morchella orders them to work together. She believes that they can catch the pirates. Their survival may depend upon it.

Embers if the first book in the 5-part Cowry Catchers series. The books are:

Embers
Flames
Ashes
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 50,000-word book is DRM-free and carefully formatted. It includes 11 character portraits, 8 full-page illustrations, and a map.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1420 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461142164
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pavonine Books (Dec 26 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD5Y02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,986 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I like the world, but not the people Dec 2 2011
By G. Shirer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
In its description, The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, makes allusions to C.S. Lewis's Narnia and George R.R. Martin's Westeros,but I found very little in the book to be comparable to either of those settings. The author definitely gets points for world-building. It's obvious she has spent a deal of time developing her setting, an archipelego inhabited by various demihumans and dominated by a powerful religious organization.
However, I cannot say that I found her characters particularly engaging or sympathetic. The one character who appears to be untainted by bloodshed is so cloyingly sweet and good as to be irritating. One of the protagonists, whom we are informed is a man of honor, apparently has no problem lopping the heads off of defenseless prisoners. Another, a child of the slums who has risen to prominence in the local military, is an enormous bastard.
I can't honestly say that I care about any of these people, but I find the world itself, the setting, compelling. If the author ever produces something like 'A Guide to Wefrivain' I would definitely give that a look.
As to whether or not I'd continue to read this series? I can't say I feel any strong need to do so. Still, this first book was interesting and miles better than most of the free books you can get on a Kindle. You could do much worse than to give this book a look.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking Forward to More! March 7 2011
By Nyssa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
What a fantastic, cliff-hanger of a story! I especially like the fully formed, well thought out, imperfect characters.
I can not wait to continue the story with The Guild of the Cowry Catchers Book 2: Flames Deluxe Illustrated Edition.

Edit: I forgot to add, that the illustrations look fabulous, even on the Kindle where there is no color. The illustrator(s), did a wonderful job, and added an element of fun to the stories.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not my cup of tea Jan. 4 2012
By Furio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Bleak (or grim, or murky) hardly begins to describe the atmosphere of this book.

People in Ms Hilton's world have no redeeming quality whatsoever: the only outright good one, Thessalin, the minstrel wife of the lead, being a woman, blind and with no family connection depends exclusively on other people's mercy to keep afloat. That she is the wife of a man who respects her is coincidental as we are perfectly aware that, should her husband die, she would find herself at the mercy of nearly anyone, once again.
I am not so naive not to know that this is a rather accurate rendering of our own world but when reading fiction I still need to escape and do not wish to confront a world so bleak as to depress me. Unless the writing is exceptionally lyrical, beautiful and moving. Our author writes well but not THAT well.

As for the rest, I tend to agree with Shirer's three-star review, except for the fact that I cannot stand Mr Martin's books while I could read this which is well plotted and well written. Shirer could not relate to the characters and neither could I. Once again a matter of personal taste is involved: I am no great fan of "alternative" beings taking the place of humans, especially if they behave exactly like humans. Characters here are half human (where are the full breed supposed to be, by the way) and half animal and sport the worst traits of both: the fierceness, amorality of the animals and the ruthless cruelty of the humans. Not really appealing, especially not the fact that they eat each other on a regular basis... urgh!

I will not read further but, as the first volume is available for free for kindle, I suggest you check for yourself if this work can please you or not.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Fun for Everyone. Well Done! Dec 26 2011
By Reality Crafted - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This first book in the series is a true fantasy fiction in every sense.
Abigail Hilton has created a whole new world and a whole new race of
characters inhabiting it. The language is descriptive and flowing, the
story expansive and exciting and overall an excellent book. I read the
illustrated version and whilst the drawings were beautiful and imaginative,
the quality of the writing really made them just a delightful appendix, you
didn't need to see them to get a detailed and full idea of all the
characters and locations. I would like very much to add the reviews for
the following 4 books. For fantasy fiction or general fiction readers this
is highly recommended.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY CONFUSED BY THIS SERIES April 20 2013
By Joyce J. Ruskuski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to say that while I am a paranormal fan, but, this one has me totally confused. It's the first one I have ever seen with these types of characters and different, i guess they are species.

I was so busy trying to figure out who and what they were that, I just couldn't get the story line nor the plot of this book. Also, it is a DREADED cliff hanger which is not my favorite way to read a story line. I did get book 2 free as well as one so I will probably try to wade through that one as well, but I can't really say I am a fan of this group nor this storyline.

So my advise is if it's free give it a try you might actually like. If I had to buy this one I'd give a pass.

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Shinies, said Gerard. Make it flashy enough, and no one will look too closely. &quote;
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Sight is overrated, said Silveo. Any fool can have it and often does. &quote;
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Thessalyn released him with a sigh. Well, you wont let me say what I want to say. Maddening, isnt it? &quote;
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