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Atlantis is besieged by violent storms, tremors, and a barbarian army. For sixteen-year-old Aerander, it’s a calamitous backdrop to his Panegyris, where boys are feted for their passage to manhood.Amid a secret web of romances among the celebrants, Aerander's cousin Dam goes missing with two boys. With the kingdom in crisis, no one suspects the High Priest Zazamoukh, thougAtlantis is besieged by violent storms, tremors, and a barbarian army. For sixteen-year-old Aerander, it’s a calamitous backdrop to his Panegyris, where boys are feted for their passage to manhood.Amid a secret web of romances among the celebrants, Aerander's cousin Dam goes missing with two boys. With the kingdom in crisis, no one suspects the High Priest Zazamoukh, though Aerander uncovers a conspiracy to barter boys for dark spiritual power. Aerander's proof— an underground vault that disappears in the morning—brings shame on his family and charges of lunacy. The only way for Aerander to regain his honor is to prove what really happened to the missing boys.Tracking Dam leads Aerander on a terrifying and fantastical journey. He spots a star that hasn’t been seen for centuries. He uncovers a legend about an ancient race of men who hid below the earth. And traveling to an underground world, he learns about matters even more urgent than the missing boys. The world aboveground is changing, and he will have to clear a path for the kingdom’s survival. ...

Title : The Seventh Pleiade
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ISBN : 9781602829602
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Number of Pages : 264 Pages
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The Seventh Pleiade Reviews

  • Brandon Shire
    2018-11-24 19:22

    Rich in lore with many themes that still have relevance for gay men and youth today. Recommended for the gay fiction and lit crowd. MM, not so much.

  • Andrew Peters
    2018-12-01 00:16

    I think the most intimidating thing about my book is the title. How the heck do you pronounce "The Seventh Pleiade?"Despite all those vowels, Pleiade is actually just two syllables:(PLAY-dee). The title comes from astrology and mythology. The Pleiades are a star cluster in the Taurus constellation. They are relatively near to Earth, and can be seen by the naked eye at night during certain seasons of the year. Likely for that reason, the Pleiades were an important part of mythology and folklore in ancient times around the globe.The Greeks believed they were the daughters of the titan Atlas and his wife Pleione. In Native American legend, they were the Seven Maidens who were placed in the sky to protect them from giant bears. In Japan, they were known as Subaru, and the star cluster became the trademark of the Japanese car manufacturing company of the same name.The Pleiades have not figured into Atlantis lore previously, but a particular story about them piqued my curiosity and generated a connection. One star in the cluster is not as visible depending on the time of year and weather conditions. That phenomenon created the legend of a disappearing star or a "lost daughter." As ancient astrologers interpreted changes in the night sky as omens, I imagined that naturally a disappearing or reappearing star would have engendered prophecies; and if it appeared around the time that Atlantis was falling apart, the star could have been taken as a sign of hope, or alternately a foreshadowing of doom.That's part of the mystery that The Seventh Pleiade's main character Aerander must figure out: what is the meaning of the Lost Daughter returning to Atlantis? And is it possible that she can help save his kingdom from disaster?Oh, and "Aerander" is another Greek-inspired name that probably looks a little scary as well. It's pronounced: "air-AN-der."

  • Kevin
    2018-11-20 21:21

    I experienced the joy of reading The Seventh Pleiade by Andrew J Peters. It was another book that took me out of my comfort zone that included a lot of Greek mythology. I have little interest in Greek mythology, but the author made it interesting enough for me to read his work from start to finish. As for the plot, Aerander's cousin Dam goes missing with two boys. From the very first line of this book we’re tossed into that storyline and also introduced to the main characters and members of his family. I liked his young step mother and the dialog they shared throughout the book. At some points they bickered like siblings, while in other scenes she acted as a motherly figure giving him advice.Back to the main plot, the mystery isn’t as black and white as described. The author writes it in a way that we start to question whether or not Dam was kidnapped or simply the kidnapper. The characters aren’t as black and white either. Cal, Aera’s lover, for example transforms early in the story. And also another character named Lys turns out to play an interesting role.When it comes to sexuality in the book, male on male relationships are common but some fathers prefer their sons to eventually end up with women. And the very few sex scenes and sexual situations in the book are handled in a classy way. I believe most of the main male characters were teens, so the author had no choice but to keep the sex as PG-13 as he could. I had no issues when it came to grammar or the story structure. The author uses a lot of his own vocabulary throughout the book. He included definitions at the end of the book for the vocabulary words, but the majority were self-explanatory based on the context of the sentence they appeared in.The missing boys plot is just one of the many engaging plots in the book. There’s also a war taking place, the discussion of crazy sacrificial ritual being brought back, and many more subplots that keeps each chapter feeling fresh. The big discovery at the start of Part Two of the book twists up the plot majorly. I didn’t have one “roll of the eyes” moment while reading this book, well maybe one part when Lys kind of abandoned his character and tried to get frisky. Overall, nice read. It can easily be a four star story because of the way it was split into parts, but I’m sure the author originally wrote these as a series of shorts. I won’t be a tool and will give him five out of five stars. If you’re into Greek mythology you’ll love this, but if you’re not, if you ever get free time, give the first few chapters a glance.

  • Ulysses Dietz
    2018-11-20 01:30

    I read and enjoyed the entire Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan as a middle-aged man with teenaged children. Of course, as a gay man, I had to regret that Riordan (like most YA book authors) didn’t include a single LGBTQ character among the large and complex cast. The ongoing resistance to any sort of inclusive approach to YA books is simply a reflection of the presumed marketplace on the part of mainstream authors and publishers who keep their eye largely on sales and profits. It is, I’m pretty sure, not remotely a reflection of what actual American young people are like. Ah, well.Well, Andrew Peters has written a subtly different YA novel in this same mode, and he has imbued it with historical authority and great creativity. Peters sets his book in the ancient world of Atlantis, offering the reader a complicated, action-filled, and somewhat melodramatic narrative that delves into fantasy. The world of Atlantis has inspired writers for centuries, but Peters’ take on it made me think of Suzanne Collins’ wonderful “Gregor the Overlander” series. Our protagonist is Aerander, only son of Pylartes, a descendent of Poseidon’s son Atlas. As a teenager on the cusp of manhood, Aerander is deeply enmeshed in the angst of romance—most of it among the various sons of the ten royal houses of Atlantis, all descendants of the ten children of Poseidon. This is the ancient world, where romantic relationships between males are both expected and proscribed. But the modern reader can easily see the dynamic of the high school in the interactions of the boys. Rumor, scandal, and the disappearance of three boys on the eve of their Panegyris—the celebration of their entrance into adulthood—are the multiple triggers that set the plot rolling. Aside from some questionable vocabulary choices that puzzled me (“Lys flouted a bleary face,” for example—I have no idea what that’s supposed to mean), Peters has crafted a compelling story that draws on mythology while adding enough action and fantasy to engage young adults. For an LGBTQ teen, this book (and its sequel, which is waiting on my Kindle) offers an escape from invisibility and an adventure in a vibrant imaginary world.

  • B.A. Brock
    2018-11-12 22:22

    A fantastic world, rich with detail and political intrigue–I absolutely loved this novel. The historical aspects were of Ancient Greece, but the world was one of the author’s creation. The details painted a perfect picture, and though Ancient Greek customs and ideals of masculinity can be hard to fathom at times, the author did a fantastic job of making them more relatable to modern interpretation (it was way better than trying to suss out the motivations of the people and the gods in The Iliad). I loved the familiar pieces of ancient culture and mythology, but I also enjoyed the world when it took on more fantastical elements.The breadth of politics in the story impressed me. Aerander is about to undergo his Panegyris, the ritual where boys become men, and the sacred rites are not only important to him and the other boys, but to the entire society, which needs some normalcy after having been wracked with civil unrest, foreign bandits, and a terrible storm–signs of the gods’ unrest. Aerander is at first unaware of the larger implications of his becoming a man, and what starts off as a few boyhood indiscretions on his part during the festival, soon creates a great political upheaval. Aerander’s love of other boys may have aided the growing rift between the houses, but it becomes very clear that there are other factors at work, and the entire kingdom is in grave danger. For a young man he has incredible agency, but I didn’t find the plotline outlandish, as I do in quite a few other YA works (*cough* The Hunger Games). He uses his wit and physical prowess–in good Greek fashion–but he is not the best at anything in particular, and he loses nearly as much as he wins.This was a fantastic tale, and while I’m not normally a fan of YA, I gave it five stars. The writing is fantastic, and the plot and characters didn’t strike me as silly or superficial. Kirkus even reviewed it. Peters seems to write mostly Greek mythology-based works, and I can’t help but feel as if I’ve hit the jackpot. Rest assured, I’ll be reading more.

  • Lindley Walter-smith
    2018-12-06 19:29

    Fantastic read, interweaving myth like fantasy, ancient Greek politics (and politics of sexuality), and the young hero's personal and emotional quests in just the combination that gets me hooked and reading still when I should be asleep. Aerander is a great hero, easy to care about and to root for. The mystery around the missing boys and what it means is dark and exciting. But what really fascinated me the world building, both the kingdoms above and below and the way an imaginary Atlantis was imagined in terms of ancient Greek society. Thee love between boys and men coexisting with the requirements for heterosexual marriage, and how bound up the romance was in the politics and power relationships around the poor kid. For all it is a fantasy setting, this Atlantis felt far more real and complex to me than a lot of real settings.Disclaimer: I had a free copy of this in return for a free review, but that's not why I am hanging on desperately for the next book. Very highly recommended. Seriously, why did I not know about this book before?

  • Elisa Rolle
    2018-12-07 21:24

    2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)

  • Don
    2018-12-07 02:10

    I usually don't read fantasy but thoroughly enjoyed this book. The writing style is excellent, it's a page turning, sit on the edge of your seat adventure. Loved it!

  • TheCosyDragon
    2018-12-05 19:23

    This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon . Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.Atlantis is real, and it contains a sixteen-year-old Aerander who is not sure what sort of romances are normal. As he struggles with his sexuality and the expectations of his partners, there is a deeper plot going on. When his old best friend disappears, he feels obligated to find him and save his family’s honour.For a novel that I thought would fit firmly inside my interest range – a guarenttee of a good read with a queer main character and Greek mythology, this was a bit of a fail for me. I just couldn’t get to like any of the characters, and Aerander was just so STUPID.The surprise ending could have worked for me, but the problem was that I didn’t get enough clues as I was going along in order to work it out for myself, and that’s something I really like to have. But then again, the other revelation that Aerander makes isn’t that interesting either, and he’s just so stupid! Aerander trusts everyone. For someone who I thought would be relatively bright, he was about as dense as two bricks. Every idea I had, it took him at least 2 pages to work it out.This is not the only novel I have read recently with someone with their tongue torn out. I was thinking it would gross me out a bit, but it didn’t. Although I couldn’t really understand why the character in this book still wanted to keep living… I would have fled the minute I worked out what going on!Some of the world building in this was breathtaking. I could absolutely see the hole in the ground, and the under-world – but I had no idea what the rest of the world looked like, and I didn’t take away a clear picture of the main characters either.The ending. Hmm. It was a bit, unfinished for me, which is something I always hate. It was a good enough ending, but I really wanted to know what happened in the long term. How can a bunch of men possibly manage anything useful together? Adolescent males in particular are really stupid! (Sorry, sick of ‘feminists’ at the moment, but reading a lot of articles about them being idiots too has affected my feelings). How long can they realistically survive, and what is the point of it when they pretty much can’t reproduce?Look, I’m aware this isn’t a very positive review from me, but I’m still going to give 3 stars. I think for a less exacting audience, it might be perfect, and perhaps I’m just the wrong person to read it. A young gay male might connect with Aerander more, and that would make the book work for them.

  • Hans Hirschi
    2018-11-19 01:10

    Andy was up for a tough one here, at least with me. I don't usually read YA books nor am I particularly into fantasy books, although I'm not sure if The Seventh Pleiade qualifies for fantasy. Sure, the tales of Atlantas are probably just tales, but Andy did a lot of research into ancient Greek mythology and practices and set Atlantis in that sort of surrounding.It took me a while to get into the story, mainly because of the many unknown words that are being used (there's a glossary in the back, my bad for not checking that first, e-Book drawback.) But after a few chapters I was able to visualize Atlantis, the castle, the city beneath it, the characters, their clothes etc. Which is really necessary, you need a feel for what things look like. It's always a balancing act, describe too much and lose track of the story, leave readers to their own devices and lose them. I think Andy stayed clear of both mistakes and gives us just enough to keep pressing ahead. The book consists of three parts, and by the time I got to part two, I was hooked and could barely lay down my iPad to sleep last night. I really needed to get this done, and so I did, this morning.A great book, and I think the fact that it talks about male/male relationships as naturally as it does is a refreshing change. The story isn't told from our vintage point, but from the vintage point of people who lived a long time ago, when it was fully natural (at least in ancient Greece) for men to engage in romantic relationships with other men, and no one frowning upon it (Alexander the Great being just the most famous example, even though Hollywood couldn't muster the courage to say it…) There were a couple of instances where the boys (this is YA after all, all heroes are around 16 years old) use colloquialisms that feel a bit out of place, too modern so to speak, but maybe I'm being overly picky.This is a great read for teenagers and even though Andy depicts at least one sex scene, the language is such that not even a prude could object, because if you have an issue with being gay or bisexual, you won't pick up this book anyway. A shame, would be a great book to read in class, to discuss homosexuality through the ages...

  • Tammy
    2018-12-09 23:10

    3.5/5 stars. While the boys of Atlantis are celebrating their passage into manhood, Atlantis itself is crumbling around them. There is war in the far outposts of the kingdom, and in the very heart of the kingdom itself there is murder and betrayal. And for Aerander, heir to the King, his journey into manhood is filled with romance, choices, and secrets.Aerander is involved in a love affair with a boy from another royal house. It's accepted when boys are young, but the expectation is they will eventually marry a woman and father heirs. But for Aerander this is no youthful experimentation, this is the way he wishes to lead his life, even though his father disapproves. On top of that, when Aerander's accusations about the missing boys are disbelieved as fantasy, he brings shame on himself and his house. Desperate to fix things, and to find and save his friends, he embarks on a quest that takes him to the very beginning--and ending--of Atlantis.I was fascinated by this story. I fell into it and didn't want to leave. Aerander was a great character and a great hero.(Provided by publisher)

  • Kim
    2018-11-17 22:20

    The Seventh Pleiade is a fantasy story set around the myths of Atlantis. There is a lot of Greek mythology within the story of a group of Aerander, the heir to the throne. Aerander is involved with a boy from another kingdom. It’s an accepted practice during a boy’s teen years. But as the future king, he is expected to take a wife and produce heirs. His teenage tryst isn’t just something he can move in from, though. When a group of boys goes missing, a mystery unravels into a great story.There were parts that confused me, but I did enjoy where the story went. As soon as I saw the charts in the beginning of the book I knew it would be confusing and I might need to reread some parts in order to fully “get” the story. That did happen, but it was worth the time it took to enjoy the tale. The world building was very unique and creative even with the mythology entwined within the book. This isn’t a quick fluffy book that can be read in one sitting. It requires some thought and attention, but is well worth the time it takes to finish it.*I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Arlene
    2018-11-14 23:23

    Interesting reads like ancient greece, characters needed more fleshing out.

  • Suze
    2018-12-12 00:18

    3.5*YA fantasy asdventure story, based on the myths of Atlantis.About young boys growing up under adversity, seeing their first loves as the infatuations they really are, and finding out who is really strong when the chips are down.Quite involved and the author spins an engaging tale. It isn't light reading, with the strange personal and place names and mytholgy but it certainly moved at pace and kept i terest going. The premise is not one I would normally read, I won this copy on Elisa Rolle's blog and enjoyed reading the story.

  • Anne Barwell
    2018-11-28 19:34

    4.5 Apart from the odd modern idiom, the author does a great job in describing this world and its inhabitants. Intriguing, well thought out plot. The characters weren't perfect, and made mistakes, but that is a big part of their appeal - they're realistic. I enjoyed the reimagining/twist on the Atlantis story, and really hope this is the first in a new series as I want to know what happens next.

  • Abi Walton
    2018-12-03 01:32

    I really enjoyed this book especially the mythology and the politics behind it. I am studying gender and sexuality in college and it was great to see the theories I have been earning put into fiction! I can definitely tell that Perers has done his research. Cant wait to read the next one

  • Stacie Alejandro
    2018-11-28 19:32

    How do I I don't know read the books