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THE ABSINTHE EARL, by Sharon Lynn Fisher, is a beautifully-written, imaginative, and romantic story that will appeal to fans of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series.
The Irish lord Edward Donoghue, Earl of Meath, consumes absinthe to stave off his sleepwalking, but the liquor has the unintended consequence of causing fairy hallucinations. When he meets Ada Quicksilver, a Celtic mythology scholar from London's Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, he begins to entertain the possibility these visions may be due to the overlapping of the living world with the world of Faery. One of these visions seems to herald the young woman's death, so Edward joins Ada in her scholarly exploration of his country in hopes of protecting her. Together they uncover a plot for the takeover of Ireland by the enemies of its most ancient people, the Tuatha De Danaan. In the process, they discover their own connections to a Danaan hero and heroine who want more than anything to use their bodies for a reunion that's been centuries in the making.
THE ABSINTHE EARL is the first in a planned historical fantasy romance trilogy.
A Note From the Publisher
“This delightful book is a sweeping fantasy tale of Celtic mythology wrapped in an alternate history context…I suggest reading this captivating novel in a verdant woodland, sitting in the shade against a stout tree trunk and perhaps sipping a bit of absinthe. Enjoy as I did.”
-Historical Novel Society
“Anyone who loves a good supernatural story, along with a hefty dose of Irish legend and romance, will adore this new series.”
“Fairies, absinthe, and ancient secrets provide an adventurous backdrop for romance in this historical-fantasy romance…The environment is lush and imaginative, with everyone appearing to hide their own seductive, dark secrets. It’s a world that comes alive with mysterious, foggy moors, dangerous peat bogs, and gorgeous green hills. Ada is an admirably independent heroine, taking her research quite seriously despite the handsome distraction of Edward…This is an ambitious series opener…Imaginative, original, and worth a try.”
"Charming and filled with intriguing characters, dangerous enemies, and hidden desires, The Absinthe Earl hooked me from the start."
-Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study
"Wonderfully written and wonderfully romantic, Sharon Lynn Fisher's The Absinthe Earl sweeps readers into a powerfully reimagined Victorian Ireland where a strong queen rules and the world of Faery is just a heartbeat away. Young English scholar Ada Quicksilver has come to Ireland to study faery lore. She doesn't expect to meet a haunted earl who drinks absinthe so that faeries won't disturb his dreams, nor to find that she has faery ancestry herself. Least of all does she expect to find herself in the middle of a war between her world and an ancient evil that wants to destroy everything she knows-and the man she has come to love."
-Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author
"Magical and brilliant! The Absinthe Earl is a fast-paced romp that expertly weaves two different worlds into an adventure not to be missed. Sharon Lynn Fisher crafts clever dialogue and creates characters to fall in love with."
- Lorraine Heath, bestselling author of Scoundrels of St. James series
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