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Perilous Prophecy

(Strangely Beautiful #3)

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The Goddess:
In the beginning, there were lovers: a winged deity of power and light, and a queen of grace and beauty. Phoenix was murdered, his beloved stolen away to the Whisper-world. But their passion inspired the Muses. Through great sacrifice, it could live again.

The Guard:
There are always six, mortal hosts for the divine. Battling spirits through the ages, they defy
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Tor Books (first published April 22nd 2011)
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Judith Starkston
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
For those who love Greek mythology mixed into their historical fantasy, I highly recommend Leanna Hieber’s Strangely Beautiful Victorian gaslamp series. Here’s my review of the prequel to the series, Perilous Prophecy. A version of this review first appeared in Historical Novels Review Nov 2017 issue.

Perilous Prophecy is the prequel to Hieber’s Strangely Beautiful series weaves Greek mythology into a supernatural Victorian England and Cairo. The novel provides the origin story for the series. A
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Kelly
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(4.5 stars) In The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, we met Beatrice Smith, a member of the Guard that preceded Alexi Rychman’s circle. The Perilous Prophecy is a prequel, focusing on Beatrice’s time in the Guard and on the goddess Persephone as she makes preparations for the war against Darkness. While this book is set earlier than the two existing books, I recommend starting with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, because the Grand Work is explained there in more ...more
Tahlia Newland
Five stars to this beautiful, passionate, sophisticated and moving gothic fantasy set in Victorian England. Leanna Renee Heiber’s language is like poetry in prose form, evocative, beautiful to the ear and rich with many-layered meaning. A memorable book.

‘The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess’ is the third in the award winning, bestselling ‘Strangely Beautiful’ series’. Although it’s a prequel to the first book, ‘The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker’ - which I awarded an M-Award
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Melliane
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
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My English review

I admit that this novel seemed very intriguing but as I had not read the previous volumes, I did wonder if this would pose any problems. Not necessarily knowing what we follow at the start, it is difficult to say … Yet it is true that I had the impression that I was missing something so I advise you to start with the first volume in order to understand a little more the universe.

The story is divided into two big parts. We first follow Persephone to the
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Asia
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was nice to see how everything happened but it wasn't as interesting as the other books in this series.
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"Perilous Prophecy" is the prequel to the two books in Ms. Hieber's Strangely Beautiful books. I have not read the other two books in the trilogy but after reading this book, I definitely want to read them! I've heard this book described to me as "gaslamp fantasy," which is the perfect description. You have the history of the Victorian age combined with a paranormal bend that made even the familiar seem different and new.

In this book, we meet Beatrice, a young woman, who is called up to perform
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Monica
Dec 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Ms. Hieber has done it again. This book is just as wonderful as the other two books this series, although this is sort of a prequel to the other books. You get to find out so many things in this book, so many questions are finally answered, and I know I am going to have to go back and re-read these books just so I can jump back into the world with this fresh new knowledge. Ok, I am going to try and keep the gushing to a minimum but you all know how I get about books I love.

First off this book is
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Katie(babs)
We find out why Alexi wears a red cravat! Woo hoo.
Austine (NovelKnight)
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-releases
It feels like ages since I've stepped into this world. I first stumbled upon this series when I boughtThe Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker during an eBook sale. Imagine my surprise when I found the book in print, along with its sequel, years later AND heard there was going to be a prequel.

SO. EXCITED.

AndPerilous Prophecydidn't disappoint! I will recommend that, though this is a prequel, you would be better suited reading it after tackling at least the first of the Strangely
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Lexie
This prequel to the Persephone Parker books (set about 21 years before those books) gives us back story on the Goddess' fight against the Darkness as well as the Guard directly before the Persephone Parker Guard (plus background on the Goddess herself).

Interestingly it should be noted that this book is set in 1867--the year that Alexi's crew become the Guard--but months before when a cadre of young people in Cairo come into possession of that duty. This other Guard, a more disparate group of
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Stephanie
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess

Leanna Rennee Hieber
Kindle Edition: 580 KB
Print Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (May 3, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: DP (May 2, 2011)

The Goddess
In the beginning, there were lovers: a winged deity of power and light, and a queen of grace and beauty. Phoenix was murdered, his beloved stolen away to the Whisper-world. But their passion inspired the Muses. Through great sacrifice, it could live
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Melissa
Even though this is actually listed as #3 in the Strangely Beautiful tales, the story is a prequel to the first 2 books, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker (Strangely Beautiful). I reviewed both of them HERE. In a strange way, I do think it was appropriate to list it as #3 rather than .5 or such because the story makes more sense if you have read the first 2 books prior. Having said that, I must admit that I did not enjoy this ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this e-ARC via NetGalley for review

Leanna Renee Hieber's The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess was a nice prequel to the series. It lets us get an inside glimpse to pretty much all the characters we've met in the past two books and see how everything came to be in the beginning. What led our heroes and heroines to their destinies. It was quite nice.

It took me longer than I thought to read this book, but it wasn't due to the writing or pacing or anything like that. It was a rather
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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
3.5

This was a pretty good prequel to the first two Strangely Beautiful stories, though I definitely recommend reading it as a prequel because I think it might be hard to follow if you're not already familiar with the world and, also, because it's rather spoilery if you read it in chronological order.

It does develop the story a bit more, and it was interesting to see Percy as the goddess and the steps she took to prepare for the war. It was also cool to see more of Beatrice and Ibrahim, and to
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Tasha
The ending was a lot better than the beginning, but the book felt like it had no real purpose. And there were a lot of annoying characters.
Julia O'Connell
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-books
Perilous Prophecy is the prequel to Strangely Beautiful and takes place about twenty years before the events of the first book. The action is split between Cairo, London, and the Whisper-world as the Goddess and her Guard lay the foundations of her plan to strike back against Darkness. The central characters will be familiar if you have already read Strangely Beautiful. Beatrice is the fierce, but sometimes reluctant leader--torn between her desire to be independent and respected and her ...more
Julia O'Connell
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: diverse-books
Perilous Prophecy is the prequel to Strangely Beautiful and takes place about twenty years before the events of the first book. The action is split between Cairo, London, and the Whisper-world as the Goddess and her Guard lay the foundations of her plan to strike back against Darkness. The central characters will be familiar if you have already read Strangely Beautiful. Beatrice is the fierce, but sometimes reluctant leader--torn between her desire to be independent and respected and her ...more
Mandy Webb
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things I loved the most about Perilous Prophecy was the way the reader got a fabulous mixture of fantastic fantasy and raw humanity. We get to feel what it's like to have your ordinary human life turned upside down by the fantastic, how these characters that are fused with ethereal Muses still doubt and fear and stumble in their journey. That feeling of wanting to do good but feeling overwhelmed by the whole picture of bad that exists is one we can all identify with. That makes a ...more
Jennifer Gottschalk
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Set in 1830's Cairo and England, 'Perilous Prophecy' is a weird story that attempts to mix Egyptian and Greek mythology with romance. Needless to say, it does not do this particularly well.

Hieber has written an unsatisfying fantasy novel which started well but quickly became a chore to read. The writing style was pretentious and the story was both repetitive and long-winded. At times it did not make sense and I struggled to see where the story was going.

The underlying story simply did not work
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Libby
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
**DNF** - This book has been on my currently reading shelf for years now. I don't see myself going back at this point.
Mandi Schreiner
The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess is a prequel to the first two books in Leanna Renee Hieber’s adorable historical fantasy series. In this book, we are taken back to a time before The Guard that we have come to know. The Goddess and her beloved Phoenix start a new guard in Cairo. We are introduced to Beatrice, The Leader, Verena The Healer, Ahmed The Heart, Ibrahim who is Intuition and George The Artist all chosen to perform The Grand Work, keeping mortals safe from the spirits that ...more
Mishel Forte
Jan 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

I have yet to come across an author who is similar in writing style to Leanna Renee Hieber. I feel repetitive when I say that her work is pure magic, but it’s true. Having read the previous books in the Strangely Beautiful series I have come to really love and enjoy the haunting beauty that she’s created. It’s so easy to become attached to each of the characters. Their fates are indeed perilous and their journeys provide a thrilling, emotional, and magical tale that
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Once
Jun 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must begin this review with you must read the other two books The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker & The Dark Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker in order to fully understand this one as this is the prequel and the third book to the series. With that being said the beginning was a little slow for my liking but eventually it picks up. Again this is another story with different POV’s and since I haven’t read any of the other books, I found this to be a little irritating and ...more
Lizzie
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Started out slower then I hoped, but they had to set up the past Guard so we knew who they were. The beginning was also great to have because it went in detail how all guards were selected in the past before the final group that was part of prophecy. Most of the beginning was just greater detail of things that were shorlty explained in the other books. The book is a great prequel to the strangely beautiful series. It explains many things that were only touched on in the first couple books. I ...more
Jennifer Monzon
I must begin this review with you must read the other two books The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker & The Dark Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker in order to fully understand this one as this is the prequel and the third book to the series. With that being said the beginning was a little slow for my liking but eventually it picks up. Again this is another story with different POV’s and since I haven’t read any of the other books, I found this to be a little irritating and ...more
Jennifer
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: para-mythology
I generally dislike prequels, but decided to give The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess a shot because I enjoyed both of Leanna Renee Hieber's previous Strangely Beautiful books. I'm very glad I gave Perilous Prophecy a chance.

Perilous Prophecy focuses on the everything leading up to the London guard's meeting Percy Parker. We get to experience the early days of Alexi's guard, see exactly how Persephone became Percy Parker, and get to know the Egypt guard that was only briefly touched upon
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Vpop
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prequels are great when they fill in the gaps and make a fuller story, and in this aspect, Perilous Prophecy delivers. It was nice to find out about the history of the Guard, learn more about Phoenix and Persephone, and of Percy's origin. However, I am of a mixed mind when it comes to my feelings about this book.

There's a part of me that is glad to have read it, since it rounded out the wonderful, gothic world that was created in the first two books. The author has a beautiful way with words,
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Tara Hall
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hieber fans
While the writing is still gorgeous here, the settings impeccable, the action flawless, I wasn't as in love with this story as I was with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker. I liked Beatrice and Ibrahim well enough, but I didn't love them. It was interesting to see the background of Persephone's struggles before taking mortal form, but I didn't care for her that much. I adored Percy, but her goddess form is impetuous, childish, ...more
Fantasy Literature
In The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, we met Beatrice Smith, a member of the Guard that preceded Alexi Rychman’s circle. The Perilous Prophecy is a prequel, focusing on Beatrice’s time in the Guard and on the goddess Persephone as she makes preparations for the war against Darkness. While this book is set earlier than the two existing books, I recommend starting with The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, because the Grand Work is explained there in more detail.

Beatrice
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Catherine Siemann
I've been enjoying Leanna Renee Hieber's Strangely Beautiful series from the beginning, but in Book #3, a prequel to the others, she has given us exactly what I wanted: more detail on her mythology, and more on the Guard, the group she calls her "Victorian ghostbusters." It's nice to learn more about Beatrice and Ibrahim from book #2, and the multicultural Cairo Guard is intriguing; I would have liked to have more time with them before the novel shifts to London and Alexi's group. Nonetheless, ...more
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