In the Roses of Pieria by Anna Burke


Award-winning author Anna Burke delivers the shivers in this daring queer dark fantasy romance teeming with sensuous vampires, dark academia, plant horrors, and terrifying fungal fae.


The lost language! The romantic letters tinged with animosity! The romance! The Cat Síth! The gory horror moments! The fungal fae!

When Clara Eden is offered a job as an archivist working for eccentric estate owner Agatha Montague, she thinks her prayers have been answered. Soon, she finds herself sucked into her research world, captivated by a romantic correspondence thousands of years old. But as her feelings for her employer’s assistant, Fiadh, deepen, so does her suspicion that something about Agatha Montague isn’t right. Unfortunately for Clara, it is far too late to run by the time her suspicions are confirmed.

“Like a lover adept in the art of coy seduction, In The Roses of Pieria is an ancient mystery that reveals its beauty one layer at a time, a particular bouquet of luxurious prose and Sapphic heat, equal parts enchantment and violence. It begs to be savored, but from the first taste proves impossible not to devour in a single sitting.” —Rae Knowles, Author of The Stradivarius and Merciless Waters

“Anna Burke at her sublime best. If you are looking for a book to whisk you away into a haunting world of secrets, shadows and imagination, In the Roses Of Pieria will do that with aplomb. The writing is lyrical, the imagery breathtaking.” —Milena McKay, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The Headmistress

“A lesbian archivist gets hot and bothered over her employer’s ancient immortal romance and undocumented Sappho collection. In the Roses of Pieria is nerdy, haunting, and full of longing.” —Lianyu Tan, Lambda Literary Award-winning author of Captive in the Underworld

“Anna Burke weaves a tale dripping with mystery, secrets, and Sapphic love old and new. You won’t want to put it down.” —Amy Marsden, author of We’re All Monsters Here

ANNA BURKE is the award-winning author of six novels, including Nottingham, which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award and winner of Foreword Reviews INDIES LGBTQ+ Book of the Year (Silver Medal), and Thorn, which received an IPPY Silver Medal in Fantasy, a Foreword Reviews INDIES LGBTQ+ Book of the Year (Gold Medal), and was long-listed for the ALA Over the Rainbow Fiction Award. Her other novels include Compass Rose and Sea Wolf and the Seal Cove Romance series. Her writing interests include feminist retellings and queer fiction. You can learn more about her at

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