Steampunk Book Review: The Eterna Files by Leanna Renee Hieber
Have you ever thought about living forever? Sounds pretty good, but what would it take?
The Eterna Files, Book 1 of the Eterna Files series, explores just that question. After the deaths of Abraham Lincoln and Prince Albert, both the UK and the US have assembled teams to try to unlock the key to eternal life with their government’s support.
The US team depends on Clara, a woman who is sensitive to the supernatural and remembers all of her past lives. The American team was killed in a terrible accident in the wake of their research, including Clara’s secret lover Louis. She mourns his death in secret and works from New York to untangle the web of lies that led to their mysterious deaths. Too bad she’s gotten so good at blocking out ghosts, because Louis still has important information and Clara’s the only one he can trust with it.
In London, Harold Spire is suddenly ripped from a compelling and heart-wrenching police case involving what looks like human sacrifices in order to head up England’s new team. The last group mysteriously disappeared, but Queen Victoria is determined to continue their work. Spire is a skeptic when it comes to the magic and supernatural elements of their research, but he doesn’t doubt the intel their double agent is sending them about the progress made by their competitors.
I definitely enjoyed this book, as well as meeting Ms. Hieber at the International Steampunk Symposium earlier this year. Seeing both sides of a spy game was really fun, especially when the secret forces moving against both governments are slowly revealed. Sometimes I got a little confused about who was working for who just because so many characters were involved between the two groups, but they were all interesting and fun additions to the story. The second book in the series, Eterna and Omega, was recently released, and I can’t wait to get my copy at next year’s Symposium!