Book 1 in The Eterna Files
Summery from Goodreads:
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.
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 development are lost for pure surprise and shock value.
I love the main character in New York Clara Templeton. She is one of the most unique one of a kind characters I have ever read. She has lived so many lives that it gives her a different view and feelings to everything. I also loved the main character Harold Spire in London. He is a no nonsense policemen and doesn’t believe in immortality or the spiritual. I found it intersecting to have one character who is so connected to the spiritual she had no choice but to believe in it and one character who doesn’t believe at all. I loved all the characters. They all felt like finding long lost relatives I didn’t know I had. I don’t want to say to much about the story or characters because I don’t want to ruin all the greatness.
In 80 pages more happened in this book then in 200 pages of some other fantasy/sci-fi books. I envy Leanna’s imagination and her ability to weave a very complex story. The author’s humor is fabulous and I couldn’t stop laughing. Can’t remember the last time I laughed so much. Leanna is a genius writer and can’t recommend this book more highly. Leanna Renee Hieber is my new favorite author.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Content Rating: PG-15 (violence and some talk about sex)
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