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Earl of Darkness

(Heirs of Kilronan Trilogy #1)

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  46 reviews
The magic she tries to hide . . .

Born a lady, but reduced to surviving in the slums of Dublin, Catriona O’Connell has been hired to steal a mysterious book from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. But Cat is secretly Other, an age-old mixture of Fey and human—something Aidan recognizes immediately when he surprises the lovely young burglar in his library, about to steal a
Paperback, 341 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Pocket Books
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Sandy M
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
When I first started reading this book, I was quite taken. It starts out different and intriguing. But something happens along the way.

I like the lead characters. Cat is of noble blood but has been outcast, so she’s doing what she has to to survive. Aidan is a nobleman, an earl, and he’s tortured by the loss of his family, especially the death of his father, and he’s determined to find out what actually happened to his sire. To do that he has to have his father’s diary translated. Both he and Ca
Dec 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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Favorite Quote: “I’ve been a fool twice over. And that makes what we’ve done here my folly. Not yours. So I can forgive your seduction. What I can’t forgive is your betrayal.”

Cat O’Connell has no idea why she was contracted to steal a diary from the Earl of Kilronan but her circumstances have forced her to do what she must for money. When the Earl catches her and realizes she alone can read the strange fae language of the diary he offe
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Jan 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5
Flaming Hearts: 3/4

Mystery and magic, romance and suspense found in the rigorous confines of the 1800’s complete with the legends of the fae and King Arthur himself!

Cat, who had a privileged upbringing until she fell for the wrong man and had a fall from grace, enters the Earl of Kilronan’s residence in Dublin to steal the Kilronan Diary but is caught in the act by the Earl himself. Instead of calling the watch on her though he offers her room & board in exchange for tr
Cailin Ervin
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A frustratingly turn-paging romance, with neither of our main characters knowing the intentions of the other or saying what needs to be said. I really enjoyed this book even if I wanted to ring both Aidan's and Cat's neck on more then one occasion. It was full of drama and magic, I just wish our main heroine was a little less damsel-in-distress and more of the Wildcat from the beginning of the book. She is able to start fire or open locks with a few whispered words, but during the majority of th ...more
Lassarina Aoibhell
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
DNF at chapter four. It was fine, I guess? It just didn't do anything for me. I opened it up no fewer than eight times and on the eighth try made myself actually read more than the first paragraph, and there wasn't anything wrong with it, I guess, except that I had no interest in the world or the characters, which is odd for something as heavily tied up in Celtic aesthetic as this is.
Lisa Jo
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Cat O’Connell, a fallen lady turned thief, has been commissioned to steal a diary. An item of great importance, but the reason why eludes her. In an unfortunate happenstance during the robbery, she meets the owner of the diary, Aidan, the Earl of Kilronan. Aidan is dismayed to see a thief trying to steal the key to his family secrets, but elated when he discovers Cat can decipher the mysterious language within the volume. The thing is, Cat’s not the only one that wants the diary and the informat ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it

Catriona O'Connell was hired to steal a mysterious diary from a Dublin townhouse, but Aidan Douglas, earl of Kilronan, catches her in the act. Aidan agrees to keep Cat out of prison because during the robbery he noticed she seemed able to read the diary, something Aiden had not been able to to since it was written in a mysterious language by his father many years ago. Convincing Cat was not easy but after several attempts on both their lives by mortals and non-mortals alike, they came to a mutua
Dec 22, 2010 rated it liked it
In this book being "Other" (mix of fae and human) is the persecuted group. They hide their magical abilities and become the target of fear when strange things happen. Cat is one of the Others but her fall from grace was more mundane than anything magical. She was young, fell in love and had a child out of wedlock. In the 1800s that was akin to calling the devil himself in society. So, shunned and after the death of her infant son she was ousted from her childhood home and found a place with an e ...more
Earl of Darkness Do you think it's possible to become so jaded by too much reading that nothing "wows" you anymore?
I liked Alix Rickloff's narrative style and voice, it had a refreshing newness to it, and it most certainly was different from the other authors' out there. The pacing was also good and the characterization amazing.
That said, she apparently didn't know whether to write an angsty, emotionally-dark, and thought-provoking historical romance, or a paranormal romance with a Fey twist,
Jan 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Earl of Darkness by Alix Rickloff
Paranormal Romance – Dec. 28th, 2010

3 Stars

Cat O’Connell was hired to steal a book from the Duke of Kilronan’s house in Dublin. She did not ask why or what was special about the book, but she did it as a favor for a friend who took the job but was unwell. But unfortunately, Aidan, the Duke, caught her red-handed. But Aiden uses Cat because he is astonished to find that she could read it! The book was not written in any human language, but the language of the
This is one of those books where I liked it but at the same time I was left a little bit unsatisfied when I finished. I felt like the ending was sprung on me without a lot of windup. In fact, I finished the book, stared at the last page for a minute and then backtracked a few pages to see if I'd missed something. Now, I've read the synopsis for book 2 and I can definitely see where a lot of the plot threads that were left untended will be picked up but I still have this vague feeling of unsettle ...more
Dec 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate giving low ratings on novels, just because of the time and energy that goes into it. But in this case it is well deserved. This work was a merge of historical romance and paranormal romance, however, it was brought together badly. This was no Night’s Rose. The prose was stilted and wavered between modern and period speech.

I couldn’t connect with the characters.
Aiden was a down on his luck Irish Earl. What struck me as strange, for a man of limited means, he would light a cheroot, take one
Dec 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
EARL OF DARKNESS by Alix Rickloff is a Regency Romantic fantasy set in 1815 Dublin, Ireland. It is well written with details, depth, twists, turns, a page turner, and action packed romantic fantasy.It is the beginning of the Heirs of Kilronan series.It has action, magic, romance, sweet sensuality, danger, evil vs good, mystery, secrets, mystical language, family legacy, passion, guilt, lust and a compelling love story. The characters are enchanting, witty, determined to conquer the evil that lar ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan has inherited an impoverished estate and has been selling off pieces of the estate but has a mysterious diary that he is unable to read. He hopes that it will shed light on the reason that his family was destroyed six years ago with his father's death and brother's disappearance. An unconventional thief who turns out to be the only person who can read the diary, Catriona O'Connell is captured and imprisoned by the earl one fateful night. She has multiple secrets o ...more
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Catriona O’Connell “Cat” is tasked with stealing a diary from Aidan Douglas, Earl of Kilronan. This sets into motion an adventure that keeps you turning these pages and wondering about the mystery of Other and their strange world. Men and women who have a mix of Fey and human blood are considered Other and must hide or face persecution. Cat must rely on these powers to survive in the slums of Dublin. She is caught by Aidan and is given only one choice, either translate this mysterious diary of h ...more
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Earl Of Darkness is the first book in a new series the Heirs OF Kilronan Trilogy. The next book in the series Lord of Shadows will be out sometime in 2011. I haven't read anything from this author before so I am glad I got to on the first book in a series.

I love reading paranormal romance and this book was a good read. It was full of mystery, adventure and more. It was a little spongy for me at the beginning following things but it quickly rolled together and it was hard to put down tell the end
There's a new used book store two blocks from my work!! (I am so doomed.)

Anyway, I bought this for $1, and it's like a cross between Mairelon the Magician and the October Daye series (Rosemary and Rue), except much heavier on romance tropes and sentence fragments.

I was just going to skim it for the story/world and try to skip the (gross) romance bits, but I couldn't find much plot, just a lot of stupefyingly hetero mutual lusting. Then I picked up His Majesty's Dragon, which I also bought for $1
Verity Brown
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Regency romance fans who like fantasy novels

I had read the second volume in this trilogy (Lord of Shadows) about three years ago, and found it interesting but tremendously confusing. When I had a chance to pick up the first volume at a library book sale, I decided to see if reading that would help the "universe" of the series to make more sense.

It did.

The basic premise is a Regency-era Ireland where people with combined human and Fey blood have to keep their magic a secret. But the hero's father and his friends were not content and decide
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
It took a while for me to warm up to Earl of Darkness and I honestly can't say why that was the case. It's set in Ireland in the early 1800s, and there is magic, and those elements are usually enough to grab me. It wasn't until we got Aidan and Cat away from Dublin that it all started falling in place for me, and then by the time I cared about them, I felt like we were racing to the finish. I was left with lots of questions, which I guess is to be expected from the first book in a series, but I ...more
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gallery
I got my hands on a copy of the Earl from the Book Blogs Gallery, and once in I could not keep my hands off of it. I absolutely loved these characters!
There interactions were so much fin reading, and the writing was so fluid and easy to read, even when my attention was turned elsewhere for a bit and I picked the book back up I was still ready to jump right back into the story.
While Cat and Aidan are sorting through this diary of his father's and finding all of this mystery out, we find their rel
Feb 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Interesting blend of historical romance and paranormal, that maybe didn't quite work as well for me as it should have, and I can't pinpoint exactly why. It was certainly engaging (I read it in one day), with a nice cast of characters and with well written leads that I did root for...even if I did want to shake some sense into both of them on occasion.

I'd say it's actually probably closer to 3.5-3.75 stars (which I would normally uprate to a 4) than the three I rated it, but holy sentence fragme
Chantelle Larson
FANTASTIC!! For being a historical (let's be honest here, for all their charm and entertainment qualities they can tend to be a little dull and thrill-less) not so for this one. The author weaves a spectacular blend of paranormal and fantasy with suspense and the classic historical thrall. The author does a marvelous job of using humor and age old wit to keep you imagining the days of horse drawn carriages and scandalous rakes but integrates the new use of impossibilities and magic to add unpred ...more
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
This has been a very good read. This is the first book by Alix Rickloff that I have read and I really like the way this was written. The story is told wonderfully and with plenty of details. The characters are very strong and they need and learn from each other. Cat has special abilitities and can understand the language that Aidan is needing so that he may understand it. She won't be put in prison if she helps him read this book. They go through a lot together trying to get through this book an ...more
Shelly Ash
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Since this is my first Alix Rickloff book, I have to say that without Ms. Rickloff and Goodreads, I may not have had the opportunity to read this one. Earl of Darkness is an enchanting page-turner filled with suspense, mystery and romance. What a great historical paranormal romance. This genre seems to have quite a following and since I've rarely given paranormal romances a chance, I'm quite happy I got to read Earl of Darkness. I enjoyed Ms. Rickloff's writing style and this series is one to fo ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is actually 4.5 stars. There are just a few niggling things that kept it from 5. But I really loved this book and I love the whole series. Historical fiction meets the Fey world. What can be better. I love the writing style the author has, there's a sparseness to it I enjoy and yet she paints beautiful pictures with her words. I read the 2nd book in the series first and really didn't like Aiden. After reading this book, I feel like I know him so well. He is the ultimate in flawed hero. He i ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
This book was...good. I liked the action scenes, there were three, I liked the situations and emotions, I liked the characters too. I think this book was a little...slow? This is a good book to read and I enjoyed it, but it didn't really keep me up at night reading. The last part of the book, when it all came kinda together, was the most fast-paced energizing. I'm going to try the next book in the series to see if it gets any better. Sometimes the first is a little slow because of the info overl ...more
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Well....a good story line that has lots of potential for future books but the 'relationship plot' part of the book is very "Harlequin Romance" - all sex and not much character which tends to detract from the main story line.

It would have been better to devote more of the pages to giving the characters more depth an less of it to detailed descriptions of who put their hands and mouth where, etc. or at least to balance the two.

A good enough paranormal plot though to get me to read the next book...
Dec 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I think any fan of Paranormal/Historical Romance will enjoy EARL OF DARKNESS. It is packed with Romance, chemistry, magical powers and paranormal elements. The main characters are strong and well developed as well as the secondary characters and I hope to see more of them in the next two books. I had a bit of a hard time following along with people, places and powers in the beginning but it gets more defined as the story goes on.
Barbara ★
I did enjoy the story but I think they author tried to add too many supernatural elements which made it confusing and made the plot jump around. I liked Cat and Aidan together and look forward to reading about the other two Douglas siblings. I liked the references to King Arthur and interested in seeing where the author takes this particular plot element. I'm hoping that the info dump is over and the story will progress more smoothly with Sabrina Douglas' tale.
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful historical paranormal romance! I am just starting to discover this genre and really enjoyed this one. There are lots of twists and turns in the plot and everything moves along rapidly. There is always a part of the book where you have to make the jump to accept the magical elements in a story like this, but there is no effort on the reader's part since it is a very smooth and discreet leap of faith. This is definitely an author to watch and see how this series develops.
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Critically acclaimed author of historical and paranormal romance, Alix Rickloff’s family tree includes a knight who fought during the Wars of the Roses (his brass rubbing hangs in her dining room), and a soldier who sided with Charles I during the English Civil War (hence the family's hasty emigration to America). With inspiration like that, what else could she do but start writing her own stories ...more

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