Voted the 2010 Author of the Year by the Romance Writers of America New York City Chapter
DARKER STILL: A Novel of Magic Most Foul lands the 2011/2012 Winter Kids/YA INDIE NEXT LIST as a recommended title by the American Book Association and is a Scholastic Book Fairs "Highly Recommended" title as well as a 2012 Daphne du Maurier Award finalist in the Historical Category.
The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess won the 2012 Prism Award in the Fantasy Category
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker won double 2010 Prism Awards, winning the Fantasy Romance and Best First Book category, sponsored by the Futuristic / Fantasy / Paranormal chapter of the RWA.
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker won the 2010 Orange County Book Buyers Best Award in the Young Adult category.
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker won the 2010 Ancient City Romance Authors Heart of Excellence Award in the Paranormal Category.
DARK NEST, winner of the 2009 Prism Award for excellence in Futuristic / Fantasy / Paranormal Romance, novella category.
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker won Second Place in the Write Touch Awards (Mainstream Novel with Romantic Elements category).
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker won Second Place in the Maggie Awards (Paranormal Category).
The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker was listed as a 2009 favourite in over 14 different genre book review blogs.
4 Star rave from RT Bookreviews:
“Hieber’s formidable imagination is given free reign in this smart, boundlessly creative Gaslamp fantasy. She blends historical fact and paranormal fiction with ease, creating a world that is lush and fascinatingly strange, and reveals her secrets sparingly, keeping fans on edge for more information about these intriguingly powerful characters and the ties that bind them together. Patient readers will be well rewarded for letting this haunting novel unfold around them and savoring the expansive world and complex plot that Hieber has constructed.” – Bridget Keown for RT Bookreviews Magazine
Asimov's Magazine, Sept 2015
“Eterna Moonshine of the Spotted Mind
The alert book-shopper will find an advance-publication quote from me adorning the front cover of Leanna Renee Hieber’s novel The Eterna Files (Tor, hardcover, $24.99, 320 pages, ISBN
0-7653-5674-5). Without much real acquaintance with the author, I was motivated to provide a quote based sheerly on the high quality of the book. So I thought I would use a small amount of this column to explicate my admiration further.
The novel falls squarely into the steampunk genre, but exhibits a richer helping of metaphysics than is common in that game, and a bit more gravitas. Hieber’s MacGuffin is the quest for immortality,
surely a subject that can bear the symbolic weight. In the wake of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, a small group of eccentric talents are given the assignment of learning how to defeat death. Chief among these is our heroine, Clara Templeton, a psychic. We pick up her tale when the project is at a crisis point after many years. Several of the researchers have been brutally murdered, including Clara’s lover. Is the project doomed, or so close to success that it has aroused great powers?
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the British government has learned of the Eterna project and decided to steal or preempt it. They have assigned London detective Harold Spire to the case, and given
him the assistance of the redoubtable Rose Everhart. Needless to say, presented with such a formidable array of allies and antagonists, many sparks, supernatural and otherwise, are going to fly. Hieber’s approach to the “science” of anti-death protocols is fascinating. (She even gets in a nod to Clarke’s Third Law: “All sciences, at their zenith, create what is tantamount to sorcery.”) Blending a kind of alchemy with unique “patriotic magic,” the pursuit assumes epistemological magnitude.
Says Louis, Clara’s lover (who continues to play a role as a ghost), “The key of Eterna, ma cherie, is to determine the boundaries of meaning. Nothing that may have meaning in terms of life can be overlooked.” This is a wide remit, and eventually Clara comes to wonder if they have bitten off more than they can chew. “Eterna was full of the restless living and the restless dead. It needed to die once and for all.”
Rich in conceits as anything from Alan Moore, Hieber’s novel mixes action and the emotional lives of its characters into a fascinating stew. Anyone who enjoyed Paul Cornell’s London Falling and The Severed Streets will certainly cozy up to Hieber’s parallel depiction of questioning savants and heroes versus the forces of anarchy and despair.
Asimov’s Magazine - September 2015 - Paul Di Filippo”
- "This chilling tale will draw you in and keep you guessing until the very last page!" -- Read the whole rave review in SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE
- Featured review in Shelf Awareness
- "Hieber applies some real imagination to the story...A good romp with some effective suspense." -- Kirkus Reviews
- "A hypnotic web of suspense and romance..." - Booklist
- What's Your Story - Darker Still lands in the favorite books of 2011
- TriCities.Com Darker Still at the top of the holiday gift guide.
-Just a Lil' Lost - Also selected as a favorite of 2011
Critics praise THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER: (Strangely Beautiful #1)
Critics praise THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER (Strangely Beautiful #2):
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