Adam A. as Archie Dent

Check out this TOTALLY BRASS Archie Dent costume worn by Adam A. for Halloween in 2014! (His sister was a Candy Corn Witch, who is sadly NOT a character in The League of Seven.)

Archie & Mr. Rivets – Brandon R.

A terrific collage of characters from The League of Seven, by Brandon R. of Simpsonville, SC!

Nikola Tesla – Jack W.

Jack W. dressed up as Nikola Tesla!

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Review: The League of Seven – Ben H.

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

Review: The League of Seven – Kirkus Reviews

Gratz works an unusual twist into the familiar teens-saving-the-Earth-from-monsters trope: The protagonist is both archetypal hero and, at least potentially, nemesis.

Said twist adds major complications as this opener brings together the first three of seven young team members, each specifically typecast, destined to battle the Mangleborn—huge, unkillable monsters that previous Leagues of Seven have tackled at regular intervals down the ages. In an alternate 1875, a giant statue of Hiawatha stands in the harbor of the United Nations’ (rather than States’) New Rome, and technology is based on clockworks rather than electricity. An attack on his librarian parents and the secret Septemberist Society to which they belong leads 12-year-old Archie, his wind-up sidekick, Mr. Rivets, and two capable new friends into a desperate scramble to keep the insectile Mangleborn Swarm Queen from escaping her subterranean prison in Florida. Archie’s discovery that, like his doomed predecessors Heracles and Cú Chullainn, his special powers come with a dark side leaves him (not to mention his fellow League members) profoundly disturbed at the close. (Helquist’s illustrations not seen at time of review.)

Action, banter and steampunk-style tech aplenty—plus truly icky foes inspired, the author acknowledges, by the creations of H.P. Lovecraft—make this an appealingly fast-paced trilogy opener.

– Kirkus Reviews

Review: The League of Seven – Travis W.

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

 

Review: The League of Seven – Booklist

This hybrid of steampunk and alternate American history features a hell-raising girl’s school, Atlantis, and three highly likable leads in a yarn rip-roaring from start to finish. It’s 1875, and Archie Dent is the son of Septemberists, members of a secret society who protect humanity from the Mangleborn. There is a cyclical nature to their work: the Septemberists subdue the Mangleborn and lock them beneath the earth, but the Mangleborn eventually rise again. When Archie’s parents are brainwashed by a new Mangleborn threat, he sets out to recruit a League of Seven, the legendary combination of a Tinker, a Lawbringer, a Scientist, a Trickster, a Warrior, a Shadow, and a Hero. The first two are Fergus, a mechanic in a kilt, rescued from a maniacal Thomas Edison, and Hachi, a Native American girl who wants to assassinate Edison. Moments of humor and pathos enliven the history and fantasy. Though the main plot concerning Archie’s parents is resolved, there is plenty to address and discover in a sequel.

– Kara Dean

Review: The League of Seven – Alexandra W.

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