♥ Young Adult Fantasy Showcase ♥
| Genre: Fantasy LGBT, Young Adult 14+
| Content: Coming of Age, Mythology
| ISBN-10: 1602829608
| ISBN-13: 9781602829602
| Publisher: Bold Strokes Books (November 19, 2013)
| Paperback: 264 pages
| Cover Artist: Sheri @ Graphicartist2020[at]hotmail[dot]com
♦ Blurb ♦
Atlantis is besieged by violent storms, tremors, and a barbarian army. For sixteen-year old Aerander, it is 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 suspicions of lunacy. The only way 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.
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♦ Author's Bio ♦
Andrew J. Peters likes retold stories with a subversive twist. He is the author of The Seventh Pleiade, about the legend of Atlantis, and the Werecat series. A former Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Andrew has written short fiction for many publications. He lives in New York City with his husband and their cat Chloë.
♦ Reviews ♦
“A gay Atlantean prince combats gossip, a creepy priest and throngs of serpents in an attempt to deliver his ill-fated city from annihilation…Varied, vivid landscapes will entice discerning fantasy readers, and beefy vocabulary keeps the narrative hearty. A marriage of equality among fantasy, mythology, action and same-sex romance. (Fantasy. 14 & up)” ~ Kirkus Reviews, Recommended
“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.” ~ Reviews by Amos Lassen
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