The Quintessence of Absence

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Can a drug-addicted sorcerer sober up long enough to save a kidnapped girl and his own Duchy? More

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About Sean McLachlan

Sean McLachlan is a former archaeologist who worked for many years on excavations in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. Now a full-time writer, he specializes in fiction, history, and travel. Projects for 2016 include two more installments in his Trench Raiders WWI action series, an action novel set in the Apache Wars, a mystery set in 1920s Cairo, and a mainstream novel set in contemporary Tangier. Some more goodies will be coming out too, so stay tuned!

Sean spends much of his time on the road researching and writing. He's traveled to more than 30 countries, interviewing nomads in Somaliland, climbing to clifftop monasteries in Ethiopia, studying Crusader castles in Syria, and exploring caves in his favorite state of Missouri. This photo shows him at one of the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia.

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Review by: CD Coffelt on July 28, 2013 :
Lothar is a sorcerer bent on self-destruction. He knows his drug addiction is a death sentence but still he can’t stop.

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. Finding the woman will save two lives: hers and Lothar’s as well.

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What a supreme read this is! 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.

The world building had all the elements of a master storyteller. Excellent reading with very few (if any!) problems. Truly a delight to read!

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