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, the governments of the UK and the US have assembled teams to try to unlock the key to eternal life.
The US team depends on Clara, a woman who is sensitive to the supernatural and remembers all of her past lives. But when the story begins, her team has just been killed in a terrible accident, 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.
What I Thought of The Eterna Files
I definitely enjoyed this book, as well as meeting Ms. Hieber at the International Steampunk Symposium 2015. If you get a chance to see her give a talk, I definitely recommend it.
As for the book, 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 whom, just because so many characters were involved between the two groups. But they were all interesting and fun additions to the story. I thought the pacing and character interactions were great, and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
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