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.
A Strangely Beautiful prequel:
Re-released 6/20/17 in Digital, Trade Paperback from TOR!
Learn the sweeping, stirring, passionate backstory of love and loss as gods make mortals their pawns to put prophecy in place in 1867 Cairo and London...
(Strangely Beautiful # 4, Released 2/26/19 from Tor Books)
From childhood, Violet
Rychman has dreamed of a coming war, of death and battle on an unimaginable
scale. She has seen and heard ghosts, who have loved and guided her. Now the future she dreamed has come to pass. World War I rages across Europe. Millions of people are dying; entire villages are disappearing. A great and terrible vision sweeps over Violet, offering powers heralded by the Muses of antiquity. The ability to impact people’s memories, even shape their thoughts. To guide their souls. To pass between the world of the living and that of the dead and to bring others through that passage. These and other gifts once belonged to people Violet loved. Now they are hers, and she must use them to attempt to stop death itself.
"A Christmas Carroll"
(Strangely Beautiful 2.5)
A Strangely Beautiful novella, freshly re-issued in this author-preferred edition, follows
the beautiful, fraught, redemptive story of Headmistress Rebecca Thomson and Vicar Michael Carroll. Two valiant, weary souls are put through quite the holiday paces when the spirit world puts them up to their greatest task; being true to their hearts.
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Order of publication:
THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER (Strangely Beautiful #1 - 2009, 2010 Prism Winner for Best Fantasy and Best First Book)
THE DARKLY LUMINOUS FIGHT FOR PERSEPHONE PARKER (Strangely Beautiful #2 - 2010)
"A Christmas Carroll" in A MIDWINTER FANTASY anthology (Strangely Beautiful #2.5 - 2010)
THE PERILOUS PROPHECY OF GUARD AND GODDESS (A Strangely Beautiful Prequel - 2011, 2012 Prism Winner for Best Fantasy)
MISS VIOLET AND THE GREAT WAR (Strangely Beautiful #4, forthcoming from Tor Books, publication date TBA)
For synopsis, links to excerpts and news about the re-issue of the series, please see the Book Page, for features and deleted scenes see the Extras page, for awards and acclaim see the Awards/Reviews page.