THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER
In her first novel, Hieber casts a magical spell in a tale about an uncanny girl thrust into an even more uncanny destiny. Percy is a heroine with interesting gifts and an unusual appearance -- one that she feels compelled to remark upon at every opportunity. Apart from this and a slightly disjointed plot, this is a promising debut that fans of gothic novels should enjoy.
Miss Percy Parker is an oddity, an albino girl with the gifts of language and vision. She has come, under special dispensation, to study at the Athens Academy hidden in the heart of Victorian London. Adept at all subjects but mathematics, she is tutored by the mysterious and handsome Professor Alexi Rychman, who in addition to being an academic, is also head of a secret organization charged with protecting the world from destruction. What Percy discovers inside the walls of the academy will change her and the world forever. (LEISURE, Sep., 324 pp., $6.99)