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Publisher's Summary

Miss Ada Quicksilver, a student of London's Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women, is spending her holiday in Ireland to pursue her anthropological study of fairies. She visits Dublin's absinthe bars to investigate a supposed association between the bittersweet spirit and fairy sightings.

One night a handsome Irishman approaches her, introducing himself as Edward Donoghue. Edward takes absinthe to relieve his sleepwalking, and she is eager to hear whether he has experience with fairies. Instead, she discovers that he's the earl of Meath, and that he will soon visit a mysterious ruin at Newgrange on the orders of his cousin, the beautiful, half-mad Queen Isolde. On learning about Ada's area of study, he invites her to accompany him.

Ada is torn between a sensible fear of becoming entangled with the clearly troubled gentleman and her compelling desire to ease his suffering. Finally she accepts his invitation, and they arrive in time for the winter solstice. That night, the secret of Edward's affliction is revealed: he is, in fact, a lord in two worlds and can no longer suppress his shadow self.

Little does either of them realize that their blossoming friendship-and slowly kindling passion-will lead to discoveries that wrench open a door sealed for centuries, throwing them into a war that will change Ireland forever.

©2019 Sharon Lynn Fisher (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“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, best-selling author of the Scoundrels of St. James series)

“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 best-selling 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 best-selling author)

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An absolute treat!

Don’t be put off by the cover - this book was a wonderful adventure into a new world with rich characters. Can’t wait for the next installment!

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a bit of everything

I really loved this book! it has a bit of everything and a lot of magic :)
Adventure, history, love, mythical creatures and passion.

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Longest book in history

the book couldn't keep my attention. The only reason I complete the book was to hear how it ended. Mosr books I can't go long without wanting to continue listening. This one I could go days or even a week before opening it to listen .

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This was a gripping tale!

I loved the story written with such creative twists on old legends of Ireland! I liked the alternate history line and the reasons for the potato blight.
The main characters were so brilliantly relatable and their journey both love and acceptance feels measured and sincere. The love scenes are hot and lovely.
The actors both were able to read in accents that didn'tdistract from the story itself. Sometimes it's really hard to find narrators who can sustain a good Irish accent - especially for multiple characters.
Super exciting to have discovered a new author and series to obsess over! ❤☘

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really wanted to love this one but the storyline was slow and the narrators had me wanting to fall asleep

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This book bored me to tears. Snooze!

I wanted to like this book. it has beautifully descriptive language. however, I was bored I made it through the first part I could not make it through the second part. Even the sex scenes were boring.

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I loved it! If you love fairy lore…

You may really enjoy this book! It’s filled with lots of fairy lore that I found extremely interesting. I will admit I was a bit confused at times trying to follow the plot exactly, but overall I really enjoyed it & it was a pleasant treat.

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When first starting to listen to it I was reminded a lot of Jane Austen writings in regards to the romance. I was a fan of Austin in the past but this story just got to be too much. I enjoyed it until it started getting boring. The action reminded me a little bit of Peter Pan. And the fantasy was based on mythology. I don’t know if this was a true mythology or just created for the story but I’ve never been too much of a fan of combining Fantasy & mythology. The narrators were very good, they seem to stick to the ‘feel’ of the story very well.

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Fabulous!

I absolutely adore this book. Sharon Lynn Fisher created a story that has intrigue, action, adventure and love but is so rich with Irish mythology which I love and have studied. Alison McKenna and Alan Smyth bring the story to vivid life with their superb narration. I so very highly recommend this book.