Finally after several months of breathless anticipation the book was released this week by Tor Books. Let me just say that the wait was worth it! FullFinally after several months of breathless anticipation the book was released this week by Tor Books. Let me just say that the wait was worth it! Full disclosure, I am proud to call Leanna a friend, but my feelings for the book are not distorted by my feelings for the author. Leanna Renee Hieber is a masterful writer who is a pioneer of the gaslamp fantasy genre.
The Eterna Files begins on April 16, 1865 when a grieving Mary Lincoln summons Clara Templeton, a Spiritualist medium, and her guardian Senator Rupert Bishop to the White House. President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated and his widow is in the first throes of grief. The First Lady wants Clara to contact her husband's spirit so that Mary can say her goodbyes. Overwhelmed by the grief surrounding her, the twelve-year-old medium declares that such a tragedy should never again befall the nation and that America's leaders deserve to be given immortality. Out of tragedy the Eterna Commission is born.
Seventeen years pass, and the Eterna Commission, a collection of scientists, theorists, theologians, and paranormal researchers are on the brink of discovering immortality when tragedy strikes again. In one mysterious afternoon the Eterna Commission's scientists are killed by a mysterious force. It is left to Clara Templeton and her band of paranormal researchers to discover the cause of the scientists death and the whereabouts of their research files.
Across the Atlantic Ocean in Victorian England, police inspector Harold Spire is on the verge of breaking an body snatching ring with ties to the aristocracy when he is summoned to Buckingham Palace. Her Majesty, Queen Victoria, has selected Spire to head a classified unit charged with protecting England's version of the Eterna Commission. Despite America's best efforts to keep its research secret, England has learned about the States quest for immortality and wants to beat the Americans at their own game. But there is a problem, the British scientists have all mysteriously disappeared around the same time that disaster struck their American rivals. Spire is forced to abandon his investigation into the body snatching ring and given the unwanted task to protect the new Omega team reporting to the mysterious and flamboyant Lord Black, a powerful member of the House of Lords. Rose Everhart, a gifted clerk who works covertly for Lord Black is assigned to be Spire's assistant. The investigation into missing scientists begins to reveal disturbing connections to the body snatching ring and the mystery that befell the American team.
The Eterna Files is an intriguing tale of ghosts, spirits, the occult, politics, and espionage with complex and engaging characters. Leanna Renee Hieber has brought the Victorian world to life in her novel. The world in which her characters reside in is both romantic and terrifying. The late nineteenth-century was on the precipice of immense change--a change that was both intoxicating and terrifying, which is reflected within the novel. Leanna Renee Hieber knows her history and employs her knowledge well in her novel. The Eterna Files simple crackles with the energy of the era, and is a haunting, lush, and intelligent fantasy.
The Eterna Files is the start of a new series by Leanna Renee Hieber and I can't wait to read the next installment as this novel ends on a terrifying cliffhanger. This novel is simply amazing!...more
The best novel about Queen Elizabeth I since Margaret George's "Elizabeth I." Alison Weir's "The Marriage Game" transports the reader back to the tumuThe best novel about Queen Elizabeth I since Margaret George's "Elizabeth I." Alison Weir's "The Marriage Game" transports the reader back to the tumultuous days of Elizabeth's reign when her hand in marriage was the biggest diplomatic bargaining chip in Europe. But there is major problem--the queen has no desire to marry. Haunted by her childhood in the court of her father King Henry VIII, Elizabeth swears that there will only be one mistress and no master in her reign. Hemmed in by cultural expectations that women, particular queens, must marry, Elizabeth will skillfully play "the marriage game" to the exasperation of her councilors.
Though Elizabeth has no desire to marry, she falls deeply in love with her childhood friend Robert Dudley. The love store of Elizabeth and Robert play out in the pages of Alison Weir's novel in all of its complex dimensions. While Elizabeth and Robert loved each other deeply, the couple also knew how to hurt each other deeply. As both wanted more from the other than they were willing to give.
This lush and gripping novel begins with Elizabeth's accession to the crown in 1558 to the defeat of the Spanish armada in 1588. Alison Weir is an acclaimed historian who has written extensively on the Tudors, and her knowledge on the period shines through every page. I was completely transported back to Elizabeth's court in all its glory and artifice. ...more