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, 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.
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.