Leanna Renee Hieber’s Strangely Beautiful took a strange and winding path to publication. Originally envisioned as a single book following the adventures of ghost whisperer Miss Persephone Parker, her first publisher split it into two novels—and then promptly went out of business, orphaning the series. Last year, after publishing The Eterna Files, the first book in a new series from Hieber, Tor Books released a recombined and restored single-volume version to renewed acclaim.
And now, the series is continuing, after a fashion, with Perilous Prophecy, a revised edition of a prequel to Strangely Beautiful, out of print for more than a decade. You can see the full cover, from artist Pierre Droal with design by Peter Lutjen, following the publisher’s blurb. The book will be published June 20, 2017.
Founded in antiquity by the goddess Persephone and the Muses, the Guard have stood between humanity and the forces of darkness for centuries. There have always been six, born and reborn in each generation.
In the late 1860s, in Cairo, Egypt, Beatrice Smith and five other young people are summoned to become the Guard. From different backgrounds and faiths, they must unite in the Great Work. Beatrice, as the Leader, is granted intimate acquaintance with the goddess, who is preparing to take human form. What Beatrice does not expect is that her own heart will be opened to the possibility and promise of love.
This enchanting prequel to Leanna Renee Hieber’s gaslamp fantasy, Strangely Beautiful, returns to print after more than a decade, edited and revised for Tor’s publication.