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The Eterna Files (Eterna Files #1)

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London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a t ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Tor Books (first published February 3rd 2015)
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Leanna Hieber Hello Crystal, I'm hardly ever on Goodreads so I apologize for the delay in answering this question. There are presently 3 books in The Eterna Files…moreHello Crystal, I'm hardly ever on Goodreads so I apologize for the delay in answering this question. There are presently 3 books in The Eterna Files series. The sequel, ETERNA & OMEGA will release from Tor Books August 9th, 2016, it's available to add here on Goodreads to your TBR. And as all my worlds are parallel worlds, The Guard characters mentioned in this series are the stars of the Strangely Beautiful saga, and STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL reissues in new editions with new scenes and content 4/12/16 from Tor as well. Thank you for your interest, thank you for reading, from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate every single reader who has ever honored me by reading my work. Cheers, blessings and happy haunting! (less)

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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

Do we have any Anne Shirley fans out there? Me, I love Anne Shirley. I loved her when she first arrived at Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert's farm and asked them to call her Cordelia. I loved her when she broke her slate over Gilbert Blythe's head for calling her "carrots." I loved her when she gave that hilariously honest apology to Rachel Lynde . . .

But it wasn't just the early years, I loved Anne's adult years too.

Do you remember when Diana sent Anne's short story (Ave
Faye, la Patata
Let me tell you a funny story.

One day, my family and I decided to go to this Chinese restaurant in Muscat, Oman. The interior designs were awesome, the people were amicable, and the food was great. One of the meals we ordered was beef in chili sauce and bell pepper. We finished the meat, of course, but my dad was so impressed with the sauce that he wanted it as his breakfast the next day. "I'm going to put it over my rice!" he said as the waiter took the chili sauce with bell pepper away to be p
Althea Ann
Nov 05, 2014 rated it liked it
An entertaining diversion, recommended for fans of paranormal historicals.

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the US and England have become embroiled in a covert 'arms race' - both a desperately researching the fabled 'Eterna Compound' - and alchemical mixture that will confer eternal life.

So far, the experiment that seemed most promising has only resulted in a horrific accident and the mysterious deaths of an entire research team. But a substance that can cause mass destruction may be
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It’s Great Britain versus the United States in this paranormal historical novel about the search for immortality. After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, his widow Mary Todd Lincoln is determined to never let anyone experience her grief again, forming the impetus behind the Eterna Project, a secret group of scientists and researchers tasked to find a cure for death.

Across the ocean, Queen Victoria creates special divis
Oh man. I want to write a review of this. But I just don't feel up to the level of disdain that it would require to truly do it right today. It's a shame, the idea was decent enough. But the execution... oh my goodness no thank you.

Maybe we'll talk more about this soon.
Frank Errington
Feb 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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I wanted and expected to like The Eterna Files much more than I did.

Set in New York City and London in 1882, and dealing with spiritualism and parallel searches for a cure for death, it really seemed like something I would enjoy.

Although, I found the story to be intriguing at the start. it soon became too wordy, as moments of sheer delight were separated by page upon page of pure boredom.

The writer would go off on tangents and then seemingly drop those ideas and either return to the o
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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The cover and the summary immediately attracted me as soon as I saw them and I really could not wait to get into the story. I must say that I love the novels from the Victorian era and mixing it with paranormal elements could only please me. Yet I confess that in the end I’m a little disappointed by this volume, but I’ll come back a bit to that afterwards.

After the death of Abraham Lincoln, Clara and her guardian, Senator Bishop, a man she likes a lot, have p
Nov 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf

Publisher: Tor

Publishing Date: February 2015

ISBN: 9780765336743

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: DNF

Publisher Description: London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, ass
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for this opportunity.

Blurb -

London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assass
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Well, this book certainly up and surprised me. From the synopsis, I expected a smaller scale novel, with a couple of quirky characters to keep track of, a little bit of action and a little bit of Victorian exposition, topped off by a quaint little mystery that got wrapped up nicely in the end. And yeah, I really didn’t get any of those things. Not that those things aren't in there, as they are, just not in the expected way. It’s funny, because once I realized that I wasn’t getting quite what I i ...more
Lynn Williams
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it

The Eterna Files was one of my January reads and is released early February.

The premise of the book revolves around the search for immortality and the race between the US and the UK to find the files that provide the solution.

After the assassination of Lincoln the US went on a mission to find a means to grant immortality. Of course Queen Victoria, herself still in mourning, also wanted to find the means by which to provide immortality. And so the race is o
Nicole D.
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is so unique it is going to be hard to write a review for it. This book takes place in both New York and London at the same time so there is a lot of switching back and forth. Having it set in New York and London at the same time was genius. It gives the book such depth,mystery,and character development that would have been lost if just set in one country and having that country find out about the other country in a later book. Some authors do that and chances for strong character deve ...more
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read ETERNA when it was in its first stages. Leanna has a skillful way of back in time. She is a writer who was born in the wrong century in the best possible way. Complex characters, paranormal hijinx, and superb writing make Leanna Renee Hieber a master at gothic paranormal lit.
Talk Supe
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Talk by: Grace Fonseca
Shelves: 2015
Great premise and ambitious setting. The points didn't converge much throughout the novel and nothing much happen. It felt like one long introduction. Hopefully the second one is better.
Milo (BOK)
Hmmm. Didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would. Full review coming soon!
Alisha Tarran
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it

London 1882: Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police has just passed his test, and is newly appointed by Queen Victoria herself to Special Branch Omega Division. Omega's purpose is to investigate the paranormal and supernatural, whether people or events, secretly of course. Spire is skeptical of all things
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! 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
The Eterna Files is a blend of steampunk, historical fiction and fantasy with a dash of the supernatural. Is your interest piqued? Mine was. Especially since I love steampunk as a genre and anything supernatural and mysterious has my vote. Unfortunately The Eterna Files did not live up to my expectations. It was not as charming as the Parasol Protectorate, nor as interestingly concise and well written as the Borden Dispatches or The St. Croix Chronicles.

The story takes place in 1882 and switches
Grace Fonseca
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A very different, but unique book that definitely had me turning the pages wondering what would happen next. I really like the historical setting of New York and England in the 1880’s. Leanna Renee Heiber also writes some of the most interesting characters. The two main characters are the mirrors of one another.

Clara and Harold are the two main characters who learn that things are not always what they seem. Both of them want to find the Eterna compound, because there is a competition between the
I really liked the idea behind The Eterna Files. Secret government organization in Victorian England? Yes, please! Unfortunately, this one missed the mark for me. Some of the characters were interesting, but I never felt that I spent enough time with them to truly get invested in their stories.

Harold Spire has been appointed by Queen Victoria to Special Branch Division Omega, and he’s not happy about it. Spire had been in the midst of a very difficult case and he doesn’t want to let it go unsolv
Thom Truelove
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have recently spent time in a new universe. This gaslamp fantasy – crafted by pioneer of that genre, Leanna Renee Hieber, could easily have become a horror novel à la Koontz had there been a few more left turns than right. This finely blended tale of grim determination has true suspense. The atmosphere calls for vigilance from the characters. They behave as believable Victorian heroes, diligently trying to save Humanity while taking important steps toward understanding it.

Nearly all of Ms. Hie
Fun ! Well-paced, likable set of a characters, both main and the supporting cast. I enjoyed this, looking forward to the next in the series.
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
This was a very slow feeling story. It has a descriptive quality that while interesting, makes the plot seem very slow moving.

The story is mostly centred around 2 investigative pairs, and while I really loved the characters and would like to read stories about them investigating cases, this story didn’t seem to do them justice.

Ms Everhart and Harold Spire make a great crime investigating duo. He is very methodical and she is simply brilliant. She is such a strong woman, in an age whether women a
Beth Cato
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an advance ebook from NetGalley.

Hieber has crafted an intense supernatural mystery. The strong Gothic roots evoke a misty Victorian London, but even stronger is the setting of New York City. This is a world where grieving widows on either side of the Atlantic--Mary Todd Lincoln and Queen Victoria--have spurred quests for immortality. The book follows the two competing teams of America and Britain, both of whom just suffered devastating losses; they think the other is their main rival,
Great book with two settings: England (London) and the United States (mainly New York), plus a fun cameo from Queen Victoria (and a more subdued appearance by Mary Todd Lincoln). And you do get a sense of two distinct settings, as well as the cutting edge of Victorian achievement.

Great mix of ingenious female characters that excel along side some excellent male characters.

There is some humor, an intriguing paranormal mystery, and definitely room for a welcomed sequel (or series)...what an abrup
Catherine Siemann
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Hieber's Victorian gothics/gaslamp fantasies, so I was excited for her hardcover debut.

There's a lot to say in its favor. The Eterna Files is a delight for Hieber's fans, because of the plentiful cameos by characters from her Magic Most Foul and Strangely Beautiful series. Hieber has a genuine feel for, and knowledge of, the era -- I was actually startled to discover one small historic inaccuracy, because she's that good.

The biggest flaw that the Eterna Files has is that it's too s
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Leanna! The cliffhanger! Aaarrgh! This is probably Leanna ' s best book yet. It combines the settings and intrigue of a political, spy thriller with a Victorian ghost story. You also get to experience both the settings of Victorian London and New York. The characters are layered and intriguing and new mysteries continue to unfold throughout the book as they struggle to understand the key to immortality and the players in this game of endless life or death. I also really appreciated the way that ...more
Amy Raszipovits
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I have read by Leanna Renee Hieber. The pacing was great and I love the amount of time she took giving the characters back stories. I am excited to see what the next book brings.
Oct 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
I just could not get into this book. I tried and tried but I couldn't figure out how to as it seemed that the story was very vague from the beginning. There was no hook.
Jan 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can't wait to blog about this one!
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