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The Absinthe Earl

(The Faery Rehistory #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  82 reviews
They crossed centuries to find each other. Their love will shatter worlds.

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.

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Published October 15th 2019 by Blackstone Publishing
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Maria V. Snyder
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another book I was sent for a possible cover blurb. I was a little hesitant at first because I overdosed on fairy/fey books back when they were super popular and haven't been keen to return. However, this one intrigued me as the main character is studying the legends of the Irish fey and she discovers that people who drink absinthe have the ability to see these fairy creatures. She meets the Earl, who drinks absinthe to sleep at night, otherwise he sleep walks (or in his word, "night wal ...more

Title: The Absinthe Earl
Series: The Faery Rehistory #1
Author: Sharon Lynn Fisher
Release date: October 15, 2019
Genre: fantasy, romance

I'm going to be completely honest: I had an extremely difficult time getting the smallest bit invested in this story, and once I was able to get drawn in, there were moments I strongly considered throwing in the towel. I probably should have just admitted defeat, as it took me quite a few days of struggling to finish. This is not to say that the story was frustrat
Rating: 3.5 faerie stars rounded up to 4 stars

This was a good start to a new paranormal series centering around faeries. It is a bit of alternative history, steampunk, romance and adventure with all manner of faerie creatures included in the story. While this started out just a little slow for me, the action soon picked up after our heroine, Ada Quicksilver and hero, Edward Donoghue the Earl of Meath, met in an absinthe bar in 1882 Dublin, Ireland. An erratic queen rules this Ireland. The potato
Sharon Fisher
Jun 11, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
AUTHOR NOTE - Readers from NetGalley and Edelweiss, thank you so much for your early interest in The Absinthe Earl, the first book in The Faery Rehistory series. This is the book I've been wanting to write since I was a girl and my mom gave me my first fairy picture book. It has...
- A Celtic mythology scholar from the Lovelace Academy for Promising Young Women
- A charming but troubled Irish earl who is much more than he seems
- An eccentric Irish queen with a pirate, a goddess, and Queen Elizabe
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
See this review at Whispers & Wonder

“We have been dreaming until now...We need only awaken.”

Time is of little consequence to immortals, but a passion brewing for centuries is about to force the hands of two strangers and alter the courses of their lives forever. The paths of a scholarly orphan and a tormented earl inevitably cross on a crisp and chilled winter evening, greatly drawn to each other despite the gap between their social stations. Agreeing to accompany each other on an investigation
Fairies, folklore, and absinthe, oh my! The Absinthe Earl was an interesting story set during the Victorian era in Ireland with main characters who were more than meets the eye. Ada Quicksilver was an independent woman who had come to Ireland to make progress on her thesis. She was one who believed that fairies could be real and was looking for evidence to explain the disappearance of fairies from Ireland. Lately, she had been frequenting houses of absinthe because it has been rumored that absin ...more
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Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the first book in the Faery Rehistory series and it was okay. I liked the historical Victorian setting in Ireland and enjoyed some of the Irish fae mythology. However, the writing was a bit disjointed and I had trouble following some of the story.

Ada is a student doing research on Irish fairies and, while visiting an absinthe bar, she runs into the Earl of Meath who has a keen interest in the history of faeries as well. They end up journeying together to an archeological fairie site whe
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
As a scholar of Irish mythology and the anthropological signs of fairies, Miss Ada Quicksilver is spending her Christmas holiday in Ireland hoping to finish her thesis. She begins her research in absinthe bars, hoping to examine a hypothesized connection between the consumption of the spirit and the ability to see fairies. It is in such a bar that she meets the very attractive Irishman Edward Donoghue, more properly the Earl of Meath. She is intrigued to learn that he's visiting a ruin near Dubl ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher is a historical fantasy romance that brings in elements of Celtic mythology. Ada, a Trinity College student, is researching the connections between drinking absinthe and seeing the fey when she meets Lord Edward who happens to see a banshee near her as she interviews him. Lord Edward is determined to save her from the potential death threat that the banshee represents, so he asks for her to
Moon Love
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars! I loved the mix of Irish mythology, folklore, and history that make up the backdrop and an integral part of the story. The romance between Edward the Earl of Meath and Miss Ada Quicksilver was interesting; I enjoyed it but had a cumbersome feel. The verbiage used for the romance portions reminded me a lot of the 80s and 90s romances and I feel those parts could have been stronger, especially for something being classified as an Irish Fantasy Historical Romance.

Sharon Lynn Fisher did
Kari Marie
Thanks to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for a free copy. This is an honest review.

Romance with a sc-fi twist this book had an interesting premise and a promising start. The folklore mentioned was great. Too bad the book got a little disjointed and uninteresting. I originally liked this book but then the characters went from being interested to being in love. There was no build up. I ended up not finishing this book at 60% after over month of trying to finish this book.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
DNFed this one early, which would ordinarily mean I don’t review. But it’s getting 2 stars for unbearably stilted dialogue.

It took me four days to get to 10% because it’s an unpleasant reading experience. There didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the plot or characters, but the prose really needs some work.
Donna Frelick
The Absinthe Earl signals a new direction for award-winning SFR author Sharon Lynn Fisher. But from all indications, she’s not having any difficulties switching gears with this venture into the new territory of historical fantasy/paranormal romance.
This first book in a projected series is set in an alternate Ireland of the late 1800s, one ruled by its own queen, rather than England’s Victoria. But the real power may lie in the faery realm, as university student heroine Ada Quicksilver discovers.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: readtoreview
3.5 stars
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and to the editor.

I have to admit that starcrossed lovers isn’t my favorite trope, even more so because it is always connected to the instant love one, and I like this one even less, so I was a bit skeptical about this book.
But rest assured, we get so much more from this book, that this was not a big issue, in the end. Yes, I wasn’t so happy about it, but in the end, it didn’t bugger me too muc
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: Another winner from Sharon Lynn Fisher, The Absinthe Earl is a delightful historical romance, meticulously researched and full to the brim with unexpected fantasy elements and a fast moving plot.

I stared wide-eyed and then dropped into a drunkard's curtsy, blushing like a lovesick maiden. "Your Majesty," I murmured. I

Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone a little. The Absinthe Earl was that for me. The cover suggested a very romance heavy book, not quite my cup of tea as you know. However the title and the synopsis convinced me to give it a try. The combination of Absinthe and Fae I found interesting.

The start of the book was slow. It is set during
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I am not sure what I think of this book. It took both Irish history and mythology and drowned it in absinthe. It markets itself as a steampunk, but it borrows little from the 19th century, with most of the book involving ancient spirits and creatures without time.
Only in the beginning of the book does the victorian prudice show up when it so clearly wants to become a romance novel between a scientist of common birth and an earl with what seems to be mental problems and an absinthe addiction at f
Sadie Forsythe
Meh. It wasn't bad, but I also thought it was fairly shallow. Everyone was just so darned nice all the time that I felt very little tension. Yes, there was the whole Ireland/Faerie war bit. But even it was essentially just dropped on the reader. It was never given the buildup it needed to give it the importance it needed. Lastly, I hated that D & C were not given their chance t, even if only once. I felt like the reader was denied satisfaction. But I also doubt D would give up so easily. [That i ...more
Laurie Green
Full review coming soon.

I will add that this story is as lush, richly detailed and mysterious as the cover promises it will be, shot through with Irish legend and history, and flavored with Absinthe--a spirit also known as The Green Fairy. An exciting first book in a brand new series!
I was intrigued by the blurb and the sample was fine but the story (writing?) did not grip me right away - I might wait for a price drop because but no insta-buy for now.
I did like the premise and set up of this story of Edward, an Irish Earl who believes he needs to drink absinthe every night or he sleep walks and sometimes wakes up somewhere other than where he started. He meets Ada, a student studying Faery history, who has silver hair, at an Irish pub, and impulsively asks her to accompany him to a Faery-based dig site.

However, a lot of the romance gets overwhelmed by the Irish Faery history and legends and creatures and fae ancestors sharing bodies with li
Priscilla Basilio
I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK!! I love the characters, the world, the story, the writing!! It’s such a beautifully written book with a great romance and a ton of action. I seriously loved every part of this book.
FV Angela
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I love paranormal/historical fiction novels of all kinds, but I really enjoy one with an interesting romance. The Absinthe Earl features a heroine in Ireland researching the tall tales and myths of the faery. She has a chance meeting in a pub with a man who knows all too much about what she seeks.

Ada Quicksilver is in Dublin to discover why the faeries have all disappeared in Ireland. Her research leads her to visiting several
keikii Eats Books
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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77 points, 4 stars!

"But why am I afflicted thus? What have I to do with the other world?"
"I don't know, my lord," I replied quietly. "But I think you may be more than you seem."

With The Absinthe Earl, what you see is what you get. If you read the blurb, and you look at the cover, you probably have a fair idea of what the story is going to be like. You're not going to be wrong. There are no surprises here. Just good, cle
This book was really interesting and included Fae and Ireland and lots of other mythical creatures -- all things I love. The characters were well-developed and a lot of their reactions and attitudes seemed really believable. However, for some reason, it was a little hard for me to connect with the heroine at first. By about the middle of the book though, I was completely sucked in. I also love that there is romance central to the story. Looking forward to reading more in this world!
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really tried to like this book. The story had wonderful potential--an aristocrat in an alternate-history Ireland could see the inhabitants of the fairy realm and felt an obligation to protect a young researcher investigation the history of ancient Ireland. Along the way the two discover that Ireland is under the threat of attack by ancient mythological beings and so the two join with Ireland's Queen, Isolde, to save the country.
While the story was promising, it came across as disjointed and ch
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 This is an odd book. I have come across Fisher's name before but not gotten to any of her other writing. Picking this up as a digital ARC (thank you to the author and publisher) for review, I expected a more traditional historical romance based on the title. The book appears to start that way - Ada Quicksilver is a young woman interested in scholarly pursuit of Irish folklore. She finds herself in an absinthe bar with the Earl and they begin a friendship which you can assume will lead to a r ...more
Maxine Robinson
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
I always forget that I enjoy historical fiction, its not a genre I automatically gravitate towards. But when I saw The Absinthe Earl pop up on NetGally, the cover grabbed my attention and then the synopsis sucked me right in; A historical fantasy, set in Ireland in the 1800's, full of mythology, faeries and romance. Yes please.

Miss Ada Quicksilver is in Ireland on a research trip investigating the disappearance of the fae and the links between absinthe and visions of them. She is of the belief t
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Please Note: I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions in my review in any way.

Having been to Ireland in the past year, the premise for this book really drew me in. Irish lords, the Fey, some romance... I was really hoping for a fun faerie story set in Ireland. But, I should have guessed by the cover that this was more of a hunky Lord bodice-ripper (i.e. erotic fiction) than fantasy historical fiction. That being
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