Sunday, March 8, 2015

UF Review: The Eterna Files

I've finished "The Eterna Files" by Leanna Renee Hieber.

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 traveling circus. Spire's chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.

Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the hidden laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped — and has a sample of Eterna.

Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. Haunted by the ghost of her beloved, she is determined that the Eterna Compound — and the immortality it will convey — will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain.


Author, actress and playwright Leanna Renee Hieber grew up in rural Ohio inventing ghost stories. She graduated with a BFA in Theatre and a focus in the Victorian Era from Miami University. She began her theatrical career with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and began adapting works of 19th Century literature for the stage. Her novella Dark Nest won the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in the genre of Futuristic, Fantasy and/or Paranormal Romance. Her debut novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker (Strangely Beautiful series) hit Barnes & Noble's bestseller lists, won two 2010 Prism Awards (Best Fantasy, Best First Book), the 2010 Orange County Book Buyer's Best Award (Young Adult category) and other regional genre awards and is currently being developed as a musical. The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess won the 2012 Prism Award (Best Fantasy). This currently out-of-print series will reissue in revised, author-preferred editions from Tor/Forge in 2016. DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul, hit the Kid's/YA INDIE NEXT LIST as a recommended title by the American Booksellers Association and a Scholastic Book Clubs "highly recommended" title. The critically acclaimed series continues with THE TWISTED TRAGEDY OF MISS NATALIE STEWART and concludes with THE DOUBLE LIFE OF INCORPORATE THINGS. Leanna's short fiction has been featured in anthologies such as Willful Impropriety: Tales of Society and Scandal, "Too Fond"; a short story on, "Charged" in Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: Tales of Gaslamp Fantasy (Tor) and the Mammoth Book of Gaslight Romance. Her new Gaslamp Fantasy series THE ETERNA FILES, is now available from Tor/Forge. Her books have been translated into many languages and have been selected for multiple book club editions. Leanna is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. She is proud to be a co-founder of the original Lady Jane's Salon Reading Series in New York. Leanna was named the 2010 RWA NYC Chapter Author of the Year. A member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Leanna works often in film and television on shows like Boardwalk Empire. She loves nothing more than a good ghost story and a finely tailored corset, frequenting Goth clubs, wandering graveyards and adventuring around New York City, where she resides with her husband and their beloved rescued lab rabbit.

Product Details
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (February 10, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 076533674X
ISBN-13: 978-0765336743

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Thanks TOR Books for sending me this book to review, greatly appreciated!

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