In the late 1860s, in Cairo, Egypt, Beatrice Smith and five other young people are summoned to become the Guard. From different backgrounds and faiths, they must unite in the Great Work. Beatrice, as the Leader, is granted intimate acquaintance with the goddess, who is preparing to take human form. What Beatrice does not expect is that her own heart will be opened to the possibility and promise of love. This enchanting prequel to Leanna Renee Hieber's gas lamp fantasy, Strangely Beautiful, returns to print after more than a decade, edited and revised for Tor's publication. Thrilling gaslamp fantasy by a master of the genre: 'Hieber has staked out the Victorian era the way Mary Robinette Kowal owns the Regency.' - Beatrice.com
LEANNA RENEE HIEBER is the author of The Eterna Files and Eterna and Omega. The Perilous Prophecy of Guard and Goddess is a standalone prequel to Strangely Beautiful. Rarely seen out of Victorian garb, Hieber has won several Prism Awards and was a finalist for the Daphne Du Maurier Award. A talented actor and singer, Hieber has appeared on stage and screen, including episodes of Boardwalk Empire, and regularly leads ghost tours in New York City.