Monday, January 22, 2018

The Eterna Solution by Leanna Renee Hieber

Series: Eterna Files #3
384 p.
Published: 11/14/17
Publisher: Tor Books
Source: Publisher for review
Amazon Affiliate Link: http://amzn.to/2AVJtUr
The exciting conclusion to a sumptuous gaslamp fantasy series 
Leanna Renee Hieber brings Victorian London and New York to life and fills both cities with ghosts and monsters. Two groups of paranormally talented investigators discover that the Eterna compound—thought to be the key to immortality—is, instead, a powerful protective charm. That protection is sorely needed, for both England and the U.S. are under attack by dark forces.

Having vanquished the demonic pretender to the British throne, the now-united forces of the Eterna Commission and the Omega Department reach America ready to take on a new menace. But like the United States itself, this evil is rapidly spreading from sea to shining sea. Will the new magic our heroes have discovered be strong enough to defeat it? 
With its blend of Victorian details, complex plots, and compelling characters, Hieber's fascinating historical fantasy continues to earn critical acclaim and has a dedicated readership.
My thoughts:

It had been a while since I read the last book, but it didn't take me long to remember what had gone on and I wasn't lost. I also have to say that this book really has me enjoying this series more. I have liked it but not quite loved the books before but I really enjoyed this volume.

I liked how all the characters had come together in this one and I do think it shined because of all the various characters. I had not really felt that the romance of Clara and Bishop made much sense to me before (I liked her previous romance too much and it interfered, I admit) but I think I finally feel as if they belong together. I also enjoyed the other couples as well, but this was my main focus. 

The villain is formidable as the last one and it also all connects together. There are some horrors to be aware of for the squeamish but the book is more of an alternate historical fantasy and not horror so it shouldn't be too hard to handle. 

I give this book 4 stars. It is my favorite in the trilogy and the one that was the easiest to really get lost in. It is a good book for those looking for strong and intelligent women who solve paranormal crime.
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58 comments:

  1. I think I wasn't able to connect to the whole series. I don't know why

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    1. I had moments where I connected so I think that helped me. I do get what you mean though.

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  2. I'm reading a paranormal crime sorta book right now - First Grave on the Right. Not my normal genre but I'm kind of digging it so I'll check this one out too. Great review!
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review

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    1. Darynda Jones!!! YES! I love that series. Try it on audio too. So good!!

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    2. I just finished it. Loved it!

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    3. Sweet! You have so much goodness yet to come. :D

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  3. Ooo I like the sound of this, very interesting! Thanks for putting this series on my radar!

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    1. It has it ups and downs for me and I do hope it rocks for you!

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  4. This series os totally new to me. Great that it was a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. It’s so disappointing when they end with a whimper instead of a bang.

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    1. For me this one was actually the strongest out of the 3 and that is unusual.

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  5. I am very squeamish so this probably isn't for me but I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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    1. I'm usually pretty good about it, but there have been books I just can't handle and I think that sometimes it is worse in a book b/c of our imagination.

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  6. Glad everything came together for you in this one.

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  7. Never heard of this, but I'm definitely thinking I may want to give this a try, one of these days! Glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. It is an interesting world developed here for sure.

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  8. I will be totally honest. As much as this sounds like something I could enjoy, I just can't spend 14.99 for a Kindle book. However, I am glad this installment tied it all up for you and became your favorite of the three. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Library. Love the library... ;) I've requested books for them and they often get most of what I've requested.

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  9. Nice when they finally start to work for ya as a couple. I have book one somewhere, I believe.

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    1. I agree. The first romance was so strong I just couldn't quite get on board with it until this one.

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  10. I'm so happy this trilogy ended on a positive note for you! It seems like maybe it's more of a character driven series since the characters coming together in end made all the difference? I've not heard of this series but I'll see if my library carries it. :)

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    1. It really is character driven and I do think that is why I did like it more. :)

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  11. Sounds like you got everything you wanted out of the conclusion Melissa.

    For What It's Worth

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    1. I think so. Also a bit I didn't expect as well. :)

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  12. This series has been on my radar, but I haven't taken the plunge yet. Good to know that it got better as you went. I love a formidable villain.

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    1. I did take me some time to get into the series but it did pay off in the end. Hope you enjoy

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  13. Hmm...paranormal crime? That sounds interesting! I'm not usually into mysteries and crime, but I love reading them when they're written well. My heart doesn't do suspense, lol. It needs romance and humor! I tend to dream about whatever I'm reading, so scary and suspenseful are not my go-to.

    Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. I think you'd like her other series better. I think the romance is done much better. I don't think it was as graphic either... so it might help with the dreams. :)

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  14. Alternate historicals rock! I wish there were more of these out there. I have no clue why I never picked up this series but I might just have to check this out this year! I can handle a trilogy :) Great review!!!

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    1. Oh do try her other series as well. I honestly loved those a bit more. :)

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  15. Victorian gaslamp and just a touch of darkness... sounds like a good time. Glad this one worked for you.

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    1. I really did enjoy the last book a lot. It was an interesting world.

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  16. I haven't read any of these, but I've seen them around. That's awesome you really loved this one and things that you weren't sure about in the other two came together more!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I was surprised that the romance really got me in this one.

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  17. Though I absolutely love the Victorian time period, I had a hard time connecting with this author's writing. I'm glad that you found a favorite in this trilogy.

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    1. I had a bit of trouble in the beginning of this one but none in her other series. Might try that one and see how you like it.

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  18. It's awesome that you are still enjoying this, it sounds like a very interesting take - plus Victorian? love the sound of that

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  19. I haven't read this series, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I hate it when I read the third book and forgot all about the story. I'm happy to hear that it wasn't the case here. :)

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    1. I thought it might happen that way, but I did find it in my brain again. :)

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  20. I haven't heard of this book before. It sounds interesting.

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  21. Sounds like a great series, I like the Victorian London and New York settings. Nice cover too!

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  22. These look good! Just added the trilogy to my wishlist for when Autumn rolls around and I'm free to spend freely on books again,lol. They look like the type of book that'd suit long autumn nights anyway...

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    1. Oh nice. I hope you enjoy. Do try her other series. That one really rocks.

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  23. Holy heckles! The kindle price of this is staggering! £17 at the moment! Think I'll pass, lol.

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    1. Oh library! If you can request books at your library do it! Mine has gotten books that I have requested often.

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  24. I haven't heard of this series yet, but "strong and intelligent women who solve paranormal crime" sounds amazing! :)

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