Those glorious golden age sci-fi pulp magazines have now been reincarnated with the introduction of five trade paperback science fiction novels of galactic adventure, save-the-world suspense, and the merged technologies of magic and science. "Seventh Daughter" is Ronnie Seagren's debut novel which presents the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter who must, before the 1937 solar eclipse, save the very world itself from total destruction. With their brightly colored 'pulp magazine' style covers, all five of these new titles from Flying Pen Press are enthusiastically recommended for fantasy and science fiction enthusiasts, and would make enduringly popular addition to community library collections.
I loved this book! Every element is excellent! The plot is full of excitement and action, with mystery and surprises. The characters are real and memorable. And the story unfolds with gorgeous, amazing Peru of the 1930's as the backdrop, setting a wonderful mood. This book is beautifully written. You are really there! It all comes together in a book that is even greater than its parts. What a jewel!
Ms Seagren's book is a great adventure. You feel like you're back in the 1930's. Her discriptions of the Andes takes your breathe away. The plot is every bit an Indiana Jones Ride! I'd recommend this to all age groups.
Some people are destined from birth to do great things. Gil Orlov is born at the zenith of a full solar eclipse, the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter. She is the end goal of a carefully planned genealogy begun by her predecessors hundreds of years earlier, all women of remarkable psychic abilities. Through this family history a prophecy has evolved which predicts the end of civilization will occur in the mid-twentieth century unless a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter can forestall it.
In 1937 Gil is a college student ready to begin her monumental journey to a holy site high in the Peruvian Andes known as Killichaka, the Bridge to the Moon. She and her six older sisters must be must find an ancient ruins and there perform a holy ritual at the height of yet another eclipse. If completed, Gil will be gifted with amazing powers which will allow her to manipulate world events and prevent the global disaster her ancestors have warned off. Since childhood she has had horrible visions of a world consumed in nuclear fire and with the advent of another world war, Gill is convinced those visions vindicate the family prophecy.
What Gil and her sisters are unaware of is that they are being shadowed by someone with an all consuming hatred for their family; an abandoned eight daughter. Gamella is Gil's identical twin, born only minutes after her sister. Her surprise birth set into motion a deep dark secret that now threatens to unravel the Gil's mission and bring about chaos and destruction.
Amidst this frantic race for Killichaka between the two groups arises a third and crucial figure, Gil's former economics professor, Galen Williams.Read more ›
I started reading this book with more than a little excitement. It's concept of the power of a seventh daughter of a seventh daughter born in the shadow of a total eclipse intriguied me. The implied conflict of good and evil became obvious almost immediately with the birth of an identical twin who disappears at birth. To add to the appeal, the book was set in the exotic country of Peru in 1937. It promised to be a book tailored to my liking.
And at first the book did not disappoint. The author has a style that layers the traditional mythology with that of her story. For the first half of the book I could hardly put it down. But...
The trek up the mountain seemed forced both for the characters and the reader. How many times, and how many times must we be told that altitude has its dangers. How many times must we be reminded that only lichens grew at that altitude. Even the author's excellent descriptions could not hide the fact that the story line simply bogged down in middle and it became a chore to read on. Some readers might give up at that point, but I wanted to see if my guess as to the ending was correct, (I have been fooled upon occasion) so I slugged on.
I was disappointed in the book only on this one point. It was finely crafted and intelligently written. It's only fault was that it could have shed about 10,000 words in the middle.
But if you like adventure for adventure's sake, this book could be the one.