Peters, Andrew J. “The Seventh Pleiade”, Bold Strokes Books, 2013.
Many of you know that I am not a fan of speculative fiction but I do love historical novels. “The Seventh Pleiade” is something between the two. I also had never read anything by Andrew Peters so this was going to be a test that I managed to pass with flying colors.
Aerander is a sixteen-year old living on Atlantis which is experiencing violent storms and tremors as well as the citizens are facing an army of barbarians. Aerander was dealing with his coming-of-age process, his Panegyris, which all boys must go to in order to become a man.
As can be expected with teenage boys, there was a secret web of romances among them. Suddenly, Aerander’s cousin Dam is missing as are two other boys. However, everyone is concerned with the crisis facing Atlantis and no one really has any idea as to why this happened. Aerander learns of a conspiracy by which boys are sold in exchange for dark powers. He has found a vault underground that surprisingly disappears in the morning and he realizes that this is causing shame to his family and cries against his own sanity. He must find a way to regain the honor he lost and the way to do that is to prove that what he says is true. He is determined to find Dam and as he embarks on his journey, he is met with terrifying experiences. He suddenly sees a star in the sky that has not been seen for many, many years. As he continues he learns of a race of men who hide below the earth and when he travels to an underground world, he discovers something more important than the missing boys. In fact, the entire world above ground is changing and he will be responsible to make a path for the new order.
If this sounds far out that is because it is. I think that one of the reasons that I do not usually enjoy this kind of book is because it means having to expand my imagination and that is something that I have a difficult time doing. What makes this book different is the quality of the prose and the character of Aerander. I found myself not wanting to stop reading and marked this author as one to follow.