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A Sanctuary of Spirits

(Spectral City #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  44 reviews
New York, 1899, and the police department’s best ally is the secret Ghost Precinct, where spirits and psychics help solve the city’s most perplexing crimes . . .

There’s more than one way to catch a killer—though the methods employed by the NYPD’s Ghost Precinct, an all-female team of psychics and spiritualists led by gifted young medium Eve Whitby, are unconventional to
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Published October 15th 2019 by Rebel Base Books
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Marta Cox
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three and a half
This was an interesting, well written second part of what I'm guessing is a trilogy. Certainly this book reads as a follow up although sadly I have not read the previous story. It catches up with a medium called Eve who is part of a Unit working for the Police but as this is a period piece you can imagine the constraints levelled at the women. As this book begins Eve is desperate to find her ghostly best friend who has gone missing. Still struggling with the aftermath of recent
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

This is a series you definitely want to read - if you want to find out more about why, please read my double review of book 1 and book 2 here. And if we're talking only about this book, I certainly enjoyed it. Out of the two, perhaps my favorite would be the first book, but I certainly like where the story is going, and I am really putting high hopes into this series and can’t wait till the last one comes out.

A Sanctuary of Spirits
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A Sanctuary of Spirits (Spectral City #2) by Leanna Renee Hieber is a great sequel to Spectral City and I enjoyed just about every second of it. I've said it before and I'll say it again, historical fantasy is one of my favorite genres and Hieber does a fantastic job of working in real world elements into this ghostly police procedural. Eve and her team are pretty brilliant and it's so cool to see Teddy Roosevelt. Just like with
Judith Starkston
A Sanctuary of Spirits is the second in Leanna Renee Hieber’s absorbing Spectral City novels. The premise of this series is marvelously entertaining and thoughtful. Take a young woman, Eve, who can communicate with the dead, a dashing, intelligent Jewish detective, and a series of cold murder cases that will take something entirely out of the ordinary to solve. Tweak them into an alternative history in which Theodore Roosevelt, as Governor of New York, establishes the Ghost Precinct in the New ...more
Beth Cato
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, netgalley, 2019, gothic
I received an advance copy of this book via NetGalley.

Leanna Renee Hieber is my go-to for beautiful, contemporary takes on gothic fiction. I jumped into this book without having read the 1st, and I immediately grasped the world and the characters. The concept is fantastic: in 1890s New York, gifted medium Eve Whitby leads NYPD's first Ghost Precinct. With the help of other skilled women with various psychic and spiritualist abilities--and a cadre of the dead--Eve hunts down clues behind a
Judy Lesley
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the paranormal fantasy series Spectral City. I have not read the first book in the series and will not be doing so. The main character is Evelyn Whitby (Eve), supervisor of The Ghost Precinct of New York City in 1899. Eve is a medium who sees and talks to ghosts and, with her staff and one male detective from the police force, handles crimes of a supernatural nature. Eve and her friend Maggie, who is now a ghost, are trying to solve the mystery of why so many ghost ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was received from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

This thrilling, gaslight magical realism drama has great sensory appeal and is jam-packed with action, amusement and turns of events that keep your attention from the beginning.

The NYPD’s Ghost Precinct, an all-female team of psychics and spiritualists, take on the cases that no one else seems to touch. They speak for the women and children of the city
Sue Plant
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this ghostly book before halloo ween...

this has all the elements, pychics, mediums,ghosts, madmen, seances...just enough to give you a taste of what this series is about....

a chilling tale with our band of pychics and mediums being inundated with visits from ghosts that have been violated, though they scream and shout they are also unable to make themselves understood to the mediums

and who is this shadow man that seems to be
Criminal Element
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m always unbelievably excited when a new Leanna Renee Hieber novel drops, and Sanctuary of Spirits is no exception. In the second act of her Spectral City novels, heroine and medium Eve Whitby discovers there’s more to her case against the mysterious undertaker, Monsieur Dupont, than she could have fathomed. She also discovers a new danger facing the spirit world, threatening to destroy a sanctuary for departed souls if the boundaries between the living and the dead grow too muddled. A serial ...more
Ola Adamska
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a second book in the Spectral City series. I didn't know that when requested that. I thought if I liked this one I will buy book one, but that won't happen as this story was completely out of control in my mind.
It was too slow, too long took getting into ANYTHING at all... like you have 400/500 pages, and... half of it is somehow out of the plot and reminding of some things that were not important or intriguing... so it had lost me there. There is also something about the way that
Coralee Hicks
Continuing to explore the Gaslight world developed in the Spectral City, Hieber plunges the reader deeper into the perilous world of spirit communication. In this universe, those who have passed over can linger, communicate, and interact with living humans. These interactions are facilitated by skilled psychic mediums such as Eve Whitby, the leader of The Ghost Project. As in book one, The Ghost Project has been asked to aid
the police resolving a very troubling case.

However, other things are
I really struggled with this book. While on its face it has everything I'd love: supernatural, historical, female led. It just didn't hit the mark for me. Normally, I read these types of books in one sitting but I found myself putting this down after every few pages.

We follow our protagonist Eve and her Ghost Precint of living and not so living detectives and investigators in 1899 NYC. It is very slowly paced, if you like a slow burn then this is definitely for you.

It should also be noted that
Tammy Goodwin
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan on Leanna's Strangely Beautiful series and couldn't wait to read her new novel. I was not disappointed. What I love most about Leanne's writing is her sense of place. Read her novels makes we feel like I am there, right along with her characters. Very little imagination is needed on my part to "see" the locations. Her heroines are an amazing combination of strong an vulnerable. Fearless but cautious. If Anita Shreve were to start writing Gothic novels she would meet her match ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed reading this series so much! And I don’t say that because it’s over – I don’t think it is, actually. Or at least, it better not be! There isn’t a third book listed on GoodReads yet, but I really hope there will be one at some point. I have questions!

I never got around to writing my review for book 1, The Spectral City, because I finished that one right before my blog hiatus, but I gave that book 5 stars on GoodReads. A lot of my comments for that book also apply to this one. The
Jenna R
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
**I was provided with an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

Actual rating: 3.5

Leanna Renee Hieber continues her Spectral City series with book two, A Sanctuary of Spirits. The series follows Miss Evelyn "Eve" Whitby, medium and head of the secret Ghost Precinct instated by Governor Theodore Roosevelt, and Jewish police detective Jacob Horowitz. The two and their respective teams attempt to solve cases utilizing the additional resources presented by
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a bone-chilling epilogue. I can still feel the cold showers running down my back. Or is it a ghost walking through me?
It has been quite a while since I read the first book, The Spectral City, of the series. So I had a pretty tough time getting into the story again, getting used to the end of 19th century style of writing - the flowery indirectness - plus refamiliarizing myself with all the characters, alive and dead. It took me about a third of the book to feel like I was part of the world
Julia O'Connell
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At the end of The Spectral City, Eve Whitby and the handsome Detective Horowitz were just about to kiss when they were rather rudely interrupted by a ghost. A Sanctuary of Spirits picks right up from that moment with the ghostly Maggie leading the two lovebirds on a quest to the physical entrance of Sanctuary, a special place carved out of the spirit world for ghosts seeking safety and rest. But not all spirits are so lucky. Eve and her colleagues find their headquarters increasingly haunted by ...more
The publisher and Netgalley provided me with an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

It's the dawn of the twentieth century, and NYPD has a Ghost Precinct. The Ghost Precinct is a team of women who exist at the fringes of society - spiritualists and psychics. The ability of these women to commune with the dead makes them invaluable. They ferret out the information that traditional forensic methods cannot - and venture into territory forbidden and inaccessible to most.

Eve is
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs, fanstasy-fun
I'm a huge fan of Leah's Strangely Beautiful series. I've read it a couple times. She's my go-to author when I'm on the mood to drown in a world of mysticism, gaslight era, and Gothic fiction (with an almost breeze of romance,). She creates these words that converge with the spiritual plane and the gaslight era and it works so well.
Though I haven't read the first book (there is enough backstory to get the gist), this story seems to pick up right where the last left off. The world of the
Catherine Siemann
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hieber's latest series continues with another enjoyable outing. Picking up right at the end of The Spectral City, it's clear to medium/detective Eve Whitby and her colleagues that something is very wrong in the afterlife, as a large group of child-ghosts raise their voices that they are not being heard and they cannot rest. With a continuing storyline from book 1 as well as a new mystery, this book is best read after the first in the series. Hieber excels at found family; sometimes the reader ...more
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
When I requested this book, I didn't realize that it was the second in a series. I started A Sanctuary of Spirits as the first book I read in the series. It wasn't a bad thing to start in the second book, but it was obvious a continuous story from the first book. In my opinion it wasn't a terrible thing, I got the hang of characters/plot relatively quickly.

This was a nice, simple read. I enjoyed the characters/plot and felt a draw to continue to read it from day to day. I also very much enjoyed
Lauren Kastermans
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Sanctuary of Spirits carries on from its predecessor in what is an effective continuation to the urban-murder mystery series. Written with a cohesive manner, the plot acts as an overarching force between the two existing novels, in order to develop its dynamic nature.

The characters in the novel continue to be effective, with deliberate and intricate relationships and a depth that astounds from a YA novel. Eve, who can communicate with the dead, the Jewish Detective (no, this isn't the start
Hope Tarr
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In A Sanctuary of Spirits, the second installment of Leanna Renee Hieber’s Spectral City series, Eve Whitby, head of the NYPD’s Ghost Precinct (an all female team of psychics) once again teams up with the dashing Detective Horowitz to solve a new case, one that dangerously tampers with the portal between the spectral and temporal worlds. As always in Hieber’s novels, the stakes are high, the balance between seen and unseen, immortal and corporeal a delicate tightrope walk for her intrepid ...more
Anubha Ghoshal
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book blends fantasy and supernatural element in a beautiful concoction and then a pinch of mystery is added to it. The book revolves around Eva who is a medium pretinct and can communicate between ghosts and humans, you know, like send the message across. While looking for Ingrid, she reconnects with her old ghost friend Maggie on the edge of death and finds out about this ghost sanctuary where ghosts are connecting. Eva and the detective try to connect dots here with the help of ghosts.

Anna Szabó
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderfully written book from Leanna Renne Hieber.

A Sanctuary of Spirits picks up where the first book ended. Eve Whitby still heads the Ghost Precint, works with her mediums, Cora, Antonia and Jenny. They are investigating a mortician’s disappearance and while doing so Eve discovers the Ghost Sanctuary. That place and the ghost within offer her answers and clues that help her and her team. Eve also meets a mesmerist unlike any she’s ever met.

I love this story, every character, the
Elena Linville
I tried, I really tried... it was just... meh. None of the characters felt "alive" to me. They were all cardboard cutouts with no distinct personalities. Plus the story develops at a snail's pace with lots of useless explanations and recaps. I understand that this is the second book in a series, but even haven't read the first one, I think we couldn't have survived with cutting out about 80% of the recaps. The reader is not stupid... she just gets bored easily, and when by page 100 the plot had ...more
Deborah Gill
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The adventures of Eve and her team help the ghosts of children find the reason they are not able to be at peace. With the help of the detective, Jacob, they investigate what happened to the children. The mystery is heartbreaking and it takes a lot out of Eve when she learns what Dupont and his associate did to the children to prevent them from being at peace.

Another wonderful book by Leanna Renee Hieber!! I highly recommend her works.
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Better but doesn't end. Plus I'm pretty sure I know the Prenze brother's secret.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
The stakes are raised in book 2 of this series. A few mysteries are solved, but the big bad is still out there....
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Reviewed for Historical Novel Society Review, coming out in the spring.
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Author, actress, artist and playwright, Leanna received a BFA in Theatre, a focus in the Victorian Era and a scholarship to study in London. She adapted 19th Century literature for the stage and her one-act plays have been produced around the country. She is a 4 time Prism Award winner for excellence in Futuristic, Fantasy, or Paranormal Romance. Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of ...more

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