Imagine The X-Files meets Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series and set in Victorian London and New York City, written by “the brightest new star in literature”(TrueBlood.net)
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Series:||Eterna Files Series , #1|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Leanna Renee Hieber's first novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, is a foundation work of gaslamp fantasy. The novel won two Prism Awards and is being developed for the stage as a work of musical theater. A talented actor and singer, Hieber has appeared on stage and screen, including episodes of Boardwalk Empire, and regularly leads ghost tours in New York City.
Hieber has often said that she feels she was born in the wrong time; she is rarely seen out of Victorian garb. Her lyrical, atmospheric prose made her a finalist for the Daphne Du Maurier Award for historical fiction and has earned her numerous awards, including the Ancient Cities Heart of Excellence Award. An energetic self-promoter, Hieber is one of the co-founders of the Lady Jane's Salon reading series and often appears at conventions, bookstores, and library events.
Leanna Renee Hieber lives in New York City with her husband and their beloved rescue rabbit.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Eterna Files, the excellent first installment in a unique new series, begins with a familiar story–the death of Abraham Lincoln. Immediately thereafter, the tale veers into less-recognizable territory, with young “spiritualist” Clara Templeton declaring that the president should have been made immortal in order to protect the position. Lincoln’s widow, Mary, instantly latches onto the idea, resulting in the birth of the Eterna group, with the secret mission to investigate immortality. Seventeen years later, Clara, still working for the Eterna group run by her mentor Senator Bishop, cannot shake the ominous feeling of impending doom, knowing something must be wrong with part of the team. Soon Clara and Bishop learn that four of their colleagues died horribly in the building where they worked, also having disappeared without a trace. Learning what happened to the fallen becomes their first priority. Meanwhile, in London, police detective Harold Spire finds himself removed from a shocking crime scene to an impromptu meeting with Queen Victoria, who wishes him to head up security for her organization, Omega, formed in response to the Eterna group in order to discover the compound granting immortality before the Americans do. Not really given a choice in the matter, Spire accepts his new role, with reservations, but also resolves to continue with the case of the resurrectionist ring he was in the middle of. As both teams carry out their prescribed (and unofficial) investigations, their discoveries demonstrate that much more than meets the eye may be going on, and they may well get much more than they bargained for. Hieber expertly blends intriguing supernatural elements and interesting, quirky characters in an authentic historical setting. The ghosts, spirits, and other mysterious beings that make an appearance in the novel often prove truly spooky, just as they should in a good ghost story. The players comprising both the Eterna and Omega groups have their distinctive abilities and appeal, though this reviewer admits to an affinity for the British team. Clara and Harold, though both answer to others above them, in many ways set the tone for their respective crews, and much of the action of the novel occurs via their perspectives. The author excels at creating the atmosphere and backdrop which infuses the tale’s setting, through imagery, historical detail, and even the cadence of speech. Readers who enjoy a skillful mixture of history and paranormal elements will be well-pleased with the terrific The Eterna Files.
I read this book 2x in 3 weeks, because I so thoroughly enjoyed it, and because my brain would not stop thinking about it. Ms. Hieber's writing is beautiful, full, compelling and funny, and her deep understanding of all of her vastly different characters comes through in every moment. Her knowledge of Victorian London AND New York City is extensive, which she deftly uses to heighten her story without letting the historical details take over (though admittedly, as a New Yorker, it's really fun to read about familiar locations and events in NYC history as part of the plot). The characters are fascinating--especially in how the American and English teams parallel each other in actions and characteristics--and while the book is clearly the start to a series, with a pretty epic cliffhanger at the end, it doesn't feel like exposition. Or at least, the exposition and character descriptions are virtually seamless with the continuation of the plotline. There are also some decidedly creepy moments, which tend to insinuate themselves into your brain late at night when you can't sleep. Just FYI. After my first read-through, I discovered there were references to previous works of Ms. Hieber's in "The Eterna Files", so I went back and read all three in her Magic Most Foul series ("Darker Still", "The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart", and "The Double Life of Incorporate Things"), which I highly recommend doing. It made the story of "Eterna Files" even richer and more nuanced in hindsight, and made me want to read it again. Doing so had the additional thrill of a feeling of clairvoyance, since Hieber's other novels helped clarify to me, the reader, things that the Eterna/Omega characters just don't see yet. Warning: Additional knowledge makes the cliffhanger even worse. Very much looking forward to the next installment, and in the meantime, will be reading as many other books of Ms. Hieber's as I can find! I hear "The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker" is phenomenal.
The author's storyline is intertwined with her other works. This latest is just as intriguing as the others.