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CD Coffelt reviewed on on July 28, Lothar is a sorcerer bent on self-destruction. Desperate clients hire him to find their daughter and Lothar decides to take the case, do the minimum necessary, and use the money to further his addiction. But for the first time in years, the drugs take second place in his life and finding the young woman becomes paramount.
But, always, around the corner, in a weak moment, the lure of nepenthe is there, calling to him in a soft, luring voice. It pulled me in from the start by giving me a likable character with great flaws. Lothar had to change. I wanted him to change.
So much so, that I bonded with him and then was absolutely hooked. My investment was unconditional.
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The Quintessence of Absence by Sean McLachlan
Big Thumbs UP! Report this book. Reason for report: — Select a reason — Book is or contains spam Book infringes copyright Same content is published elsewhere with different author for ex. Return to Book Page. Can a drug-addicted sorcerer sober up long enough to save a kidnapped girl and his own Duchy? In an alternate 18th century Germany where magic is real and paganism never died, Lothar is in the bonds of nepenthe, a powerful drug that gives him ecstatic visions.
It has also taken his job, his friends, and his self-respect. Now his old employer has rehired Lothar to find the m Can a drug-addicted sorcerer sober up long enough to save a kidnapped girl and his own Duchy?
Now his old employer has rehired Lothar to find the man's daughter, who is in the grip of her own addiction to nepenthe. As Lothar digs deeper into the girl's disappearance, he uncovers a plot that threatens the entire Duchy of Anhalt, and finds the only way to stop it is to face his own weakness.
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Feb 16, Bish Denham rated it really liked it Shelves: scifi-fantasy. I had no idea what to expect when I started this story. I was most pleasantly surprised. It is set in Germany in an alternate history, where the vast majority of people believe in multiple gods, and countries are governed by a kind of medieval, feudal system. There is magic and witchcraft and paganism. Lothar is the best anti-hero hero I've come across in a long time. He is a mess of a person. A talented sorcerer who is a wasted, useless drug addict.