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The League of Seven is a fast paced thrilling novel set in alternate 1870’s where everything is powered by gear-and-spring mechanisms or steam power, and with good reason. Although the public remains oblivious, colossal monsters known as Mangleborn, who feed on electricity (Or “Lektricity”) rest beneath the earth in ancient, elaborate prisons. The real story begins when Archie Dent, the main character of the story is playing in the catacombs of the Septemberists, a Society devoted to stopping the Manglespawn, the monstrous children of the Mangleborn, when all the minds of the Septemberists are taken over by Malacar Ahasherat, the Mangleborn who controls insects. Archie must defeat Malacar Ahasherat, save his parents along with the rest of the Septemberists, and form a new League. I didn’t want this book to end and hope that the next book in the series will be published soon! Five stars!
– Ben H., Greensboro, NC
The classic “several people from different backgrounds team up to beat ancient evil” story, with a healthy dollop of classic steampunk and iced with a touch of H.P. Lovecraft. What else can I say? The book has robot ninjas, rayguns, mind-control, and electricity cannons. Certain must-read for all in need of a great story.
I began reading this book on its cover and after reading the blurb on the back. I expected a somewhat lighthearted piece, a group of kids getting together to fight an ancient evil, blah blah, et cetera et cetera.
I did not see that one coming.
The book contains internal conflict in the extreme, allows a rather sad backstory to lurk behind all of the characters, shows no qualms about killing off new characters, and even (for once) makes the main protagonist someone OTHER than the conquering hero type.
Archie has dreamed of being the fearless leader of the seven, yet is given the role of the strongest and most inherently monstrous character on the team. This book is gripping, interesting, and unexpectedly dark. (Although with the team battling monsters that would not be out of place in H.P. Lovecraft, perhaps I should have seen it coming.) The book also raises an interesting “what if” for what settlers would have done had European influence cut off before the various Indian Wars. Keep writing, sir. I must have more.
– Travis W., YALSA Teen Top Ten Galley Reviewer
My school librarian gave an advanced reader copy of the book to me to read. I really enjoyed this book. This book is unique because it twists history. Archie, the main character, is about my age. He is really smart, but is always breaking small things. I can’t tell you why because that would be a huge spoiler. Hachi, one of the other main characters, is a girl warrior ready to save the world. Fergus, the third main character, is a great tinker and at the beginning of the book works for the enemy. Their adventures kept me on the edge of my seat. I got in trouble for reading when I should have been in bed!
– Alex W., Greensboro, NC