Strangely Beautiful (Paperback)
Originally published as two books, Strangely Beautiful unites Leanna Renee Hieber's critically acclaimed novels in a single revised volume, restoring the author's original vision for the work.
Miss Persephone Parker—known as Percy—is different, with her lustrous, snow-white hair, pearlescent pale skin, and uncanny ability to see and communicate with ghosts. Seeking to continue her education, Percy has come to Queen Victoria's London, to the Athens Academy. What she will learn there will change her life forever.
Athens Academy is the citadel of The Guard, an ancient order that battles the forces of evil. The Victorian Guard, led by professor Alexi Rychman, is incomplete. They cannot defeat Jack the Ripper— who is more than the serial killer he appears to be—or the greater monster his appearance heralds.
Percy's lifelong habit of concealment combined with Alexi's fevered search for the Guard's missing seventh nearly prove disastrous as ancient Greek myths begin playing out in modern, gaslit, Victorian London. Percy and her new friends and allies must overcome their preconceptions about each other and their own histories before they can set the world to rights.
Strangely Beautiful series
Miss Violet and the Great War (coming in 2018)
The Eterna Files series
The Eterna Files
Eterna and Omega
The Eterna Solution (coming in 2018)
About the Author
Leanna Renee Hieber helped create the gaslamp fantasy subgenre with her first novel, The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker, which won two Prism Awards for RWA's Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal Chapter. A talented actress and singer who has been seen on stage and screen, Hieber can also sometimes be spotted leading ghost tours of New York City's Central Park. Her first YA novel, Darker Still was a Scholastic Highly Recommended Title, an INDIE NEXT selection, and a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award. Her books from Tor include The Eterna Files, first an historical urban fantasy/gaslamp fantasy series, and the author's preferred edition of Strangely Beautiful, which contains The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and The Darkly Luminous Fight for Persephone Parker, united as the single novel the author originally intended, revised and with the addition of several new scenes. Hieber grew up in Ohio and now lives in the New York City area.