Author: Elizabeth Hunter

Shadows and Gold by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

Shadows and Gold by Elizabeth HunterShadows and Gold by Elizabeth Hunter
Series: Elemental Legacy #1
Published by Self Published on December 7, 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 167
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Failing grades. Misleading wind vampires. And a fortune in forgotten gold.

Traveling to the most remote region of China certainly wasn’t what Ben Vecchio had in mind for his summer vacation, but when Tenzin suggested a quick trip, he could hardly turn down a chance to keep her out of trouble and practice the Mandarin he still struggled with in class.

Of course, Tenzin might not have been clear about everything travel entailed.

Driving a truck full of rotting vegetables and twenty million in gold from Kashgar to Shanghai was only the start. If Ben can keep the treasure away from grasping immortals, the reward will be more than worth the effort. But when has travel with a five-thousand-year-old wind vampire ever been simple?


Read It, Track It is a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short.


I purchased this when it was a deal, a couple of years ago. But I had not read all of the previous Elemental Mysteries series,  which introduces the main characters here and the ancillary characters, or the following Elemental World series which continues and expands the story. I caught up this fall to read the latest in the world, A Stone-Kissed Sea.

Shadows and Gold is called a prequel novella but it is a little longer than a novella and longer than the second “book”  Imitation and Alchemy which follows. It is more akin to the mystery series which follows one couple in an urban fantasy style. The world books are more paranormal romance with each book about a different couple.

This was an odd and frustrating, little book. I wanted to know more about Ben and Tenzin, but they are just irritated. We do learn about the vampire structure in this part of the world, which may connect to an overall story arc for this series. I enjoyed the beloved characters but the humor wasn’t as much as I would expect from these two.

Elizabeth Hunter always does an amazing job with the world building. This has fascinating places with such international flavor and colors. I will certainly be reading further.

About Elizabeth Hunter

Elizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with her son, two very ineffective canine assistants, and a pitifully empty fish tank.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Irin Chronicles, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, and other works of fiction.

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A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter

A Stone-Kissed Sea by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted December 27, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

       I have truly enjoyed all the books in this Elemental World series. I just played catch-up, to review this one shortly after its release. The overall mystery, which started in the Elemental Mysteries series and seems to conclude here, is an intriguing and twisty one.  Elemental World series starts during the Elemental Mysteries and continues on forward. I don’t recommend reading the series out of order – I never do – but with the ongoing story throughout, it wouldn’t be the best plan. The series plot and the world-building are excellent. Lucien Thrax is one I wanted to know more since he turned up in earlier books. He’s intelligent and has so many interesting experiences in his long life. I was thrilled he […]

Waking Hearts by Elizabeth Hunter

Waking Hearts by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted November 24, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

Love it. Love it. Love it.  I think this is my favorite series of her series. Why?  They are all well-written and most of her books are 5 star reads for me.  I confess I have not read all of the original Elemental series YET. The other books are perhaps more adult, or complex or darker?   Anyway,  Cambio Springs is comfort. It has family and close friends, big families, small town, romance, mystery and action.  And my other favorite?  HUMOR.  “I’m shocked. So shocked.” Snickers. Maybe that’s it – it has more humor.  And this series is more PNR (paranormal romance), while the others are maybe more UF (urban fantasy).  I usually think I like UF more. The stories are about a small town […]

The Secret by Elizabeth Hunter

The Secret by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted March 19, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

I have loved the Irin Chronicles and while this was meant to be only a trilogy, readers will be happy to learn there will be more writing about this world. The world building is very different and exciting. The settings are worldwide, but a primary location is Istanbul, Turkey and Vienna, Austria. The locations lend some spice to an already interesting puzzle. Ava and Malachi lead us to learn more about their world and its history. Finally, we get to Ava’s father and grandmother. Jaron’s role and motives are more clear to us. Ava’s life is a microcosm of the secret which will shock the secret world of the Irin. The humans know nothing of this world and its battles. The Secret has some happy, some sad, some action, some heat, lots of […]

Anne’s Thoughts on This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter

Anne’s Thoughts on This Same Earth by Elizabeth Hunter

Posted January 15, 2015 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

I was apprehensive about reading THIS SAME EARTH since it was set five years after the first book.  I waited to read it and that was STUPID.  This author writes amazing, enjoyable books. I know Elizabeth from our fan fiction days.  If you want to know her better, I did an interview with her last year. I love her characters.  The main characters are strong and smart.  None of the characters are too stereotypical.  They feel real to me as they do have some idiosyncrasies.  There are mysteries, some action and a bit of romance.  It’s urban fantasy so the relationship is there but it is only one part of the story. The world building is also excellent.  We don’t get everything all at once; we learn as […]