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The Absinthe Earl

(The Faery Rehistory #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  44 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.

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
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 frustrating or made me angry, I think many others will find that th2019
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
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 Q
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 investigati/>“We
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
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
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 help hi/>The
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
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 disc
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
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.
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 absinthe bars and in one she me
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 goo
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 closed my eyes, pressing

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
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
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.
M. L. Valard
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four stars

I quite enjoyed this book! A really interesting concept enjoyably executed. There was a lot here to like, an AU Victorian era Ireland, fae, romance, battle, all blended together in a very intriguing mix.
The use of Irish folklore was neat, I haven't seen it used terribly often and so it made the story a bit of a novelty for me. Moreover I thought it was used -well- and to interesting effect. I will admit I have a weakness for the fae in general and this definitely lived up
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Edward’s internal conflict, brought on with bouts of sleeping walking threatens to ravage his life. Before he understands what it is, he believes he is insane. Hence the nightly absinthe nightcap to keep the monsters (insanity) away. But Ada thinks there could be a fairy reason. Ada’s scholarly interest in fairies has put her firmly in Edward’s path. Or is there some other reason fate brought them together?

The age-old story of star-crossed lovers through the centuries is not a unique
Alana Bloom
It has been some time since I’ve read a novel heavily influenced by mythology and with faeries and I’m glad I had the opportunity to read and review this! In any sort of fantasy world, I require a lot of world-building to feel immersed and Fisher really managed to craft a fascinating setting for Ada and Edward’s story to unfold. Fisher has a talent for gorgeous description, from setting to clothing, I was able to picture everything perfectly.

This is an engaging, fast-paced adventure
Angel Hatfield
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 ...more
Jeff Lilly
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the very first romance novel I've ever read, and I absolutely loved it. It was my privilege to work as Sharon Fisher's linguist-for-hire, helping out with various names and historical details. She does a pitch-perfect job balancing, on the one hand, the desire of readers (I know I'm not the only one) who want to dive deep into the well of Irish and Victorian culture, and on the other hand, the critical need for clarity in storytelling. I have seen some reviewers complain that the languag ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whooooo *fans self* If the cover hadn't given away that this was a bodice-ripper, there was no doubt in my mind pretty early on when there was so much tension between the two main characters that it was oozing into every aspect of the book. I don't normally request these things because I have so many other things to read but this sounded interesting at least.

Overall, this is a fantasy book tangled up in Irish fairy folklore. Honestly, I'm not a scholar of Irish fairy stuff, but I've
3.5 stars

The Absinthe Earl has everything a reader of paranormal historical romance could want – a handsome, brooding, and gentlemanly earl, a beautiful, spunky, and independent scholar, and a mystery surrounding Ireland, Faery and absinthe. If you are a fan of Irish mythology and legend, you will relish the appearance of every creature, hero, heroine, and rogue you ever heard of.

However, I did not enjoy this as much as I had hoped. The concept, the setting and the characters all in
Kitty Pollock
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction but I have not explored much into a mixture of historic fiction and sci-fi and fantasy. After reading this book I will be keeping an eye out for more. The author has done a great job at mixing the Victorian era, with a parallel timeline of the Irish Potato Famine and Irish folklore into one story. Mix in a love triangle, a mad queen, a waterhorse, banshees, Victorian expectations of wooing, fighting against passion and an epic battle against humans and the supernatural ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The Absinthe Earl is a combination of historical fiction and paranormal romance. It's an interesting tale focusing scholar/student Ada Quicksilver and the Lord of Meath, Edward Donoghue as they navigate through Irish folklore. The story does suck you in right away. The reader wants to learn more about these Irish tales, and whether or not they are true just as Ada and Edward do. The only complaint I have is that the transition into the fae world when it arrives is a bit jarring. If it is the int ...more
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