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The Seventh Sun

(The Age of the Seventh Sun #1)

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Thrust into leadership upon the death of his emperor father, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he's now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all Ahkin's efforts, the sun is fading--and the end of the world may be at hand.

For Mayana, the only daughter of the
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing
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    NAT.orious reads ☽
    Omigoodness, the description sounds marvellous!
    Mel (Epic Reading)
    So excited to get an eARC of this one! Don’t know the author but read the premise and tell me it doesn’t sound awesome. From apocalypses to ritual sacrifice to Aztec/Mayan roots; I’m all in! (Will read close to publication date)
    Hannah
    Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Omg y’all!!! It’s so fun to read that I finished the entire book in one long marathon reading sesh. Every detail feels necessary, every character is REAL, and I love this seriously unique spin on the kind of strong princess story that I’ve always loved and haven’t come across since childhood. Yet! This version is mature, nuanced, and so well-written that you barely realize you’re even reading. This book kinda just happens to you in the best way, so that you can lose yourself in it completely. It ...more
    Lia
    Oct 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    can't freaking wait for this one!
    Celia McMahon
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-arc of this highly anticipated and original book!

    I first saw THE SEVENTH SUN on Instagram reposted by another Blackstone author. I am a huge follower of this publishing company because they churn out some really unique stories. This book was no different.

    When the young prince is declared king after his parent's death, he immediately sends out word to find a bride for he cannot officially be crowned without a queen by his side. Enter Mayana,
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    Olivia Wildenstein
    A tremendously lush and romantic adventure.

    I cannot thank Lani Forbes enough for allowing me to read an early copy of her book.

    Everything about THE SEVENTH SUN was stunning, from the prose, to the myths, to the romance between Akhin and Mayana, to the magic system and intrigue.

    An absolute must-read!

    I need book 2. (Hope you won’t make me wait too long). ;)
    Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Thanks to Edelweiss and Blackstone Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

    CW: death of parents, cutting for rituals, human sacrifice, and animal sacrifice

    I really enjoyed this book! It's not often that ancient South American cultures feature in YA fiction, so I ate that up with a spoon. I say that it's South American cultures because it definitely combined Mayan, Aztec, and even Egyptian cultures. (Which Forbes wrote about in her author's note, so that was fun!) It was more Mayan
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    Jade  - theelderbooks
    This was the perfect mix between The Selection and ancient Aztec/Maya/Inca mythology. I loved it from the beginning to the end, with one slight exception.

    We have Prince Ahkin, whose father, the emperor of the Chicome has just died unexpectedly, and who must now become emperor himself, choose a bride among several royal daughters and deal with the empire's looming war. On the other side, we have Mayana (I LOVE that name !), one of the royal daughters sent to Prince Ahkin, capable of mastering
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    Rachel
    Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    OMG! This book is amazing! The world building is based on Aztec mythology. Princesses from different city-states each have a unique power, and the power is connected to the God or Goddess of their area. You feel completely immersed in the world, but it's so incredibly easy to follow at the same time. I felt like I learned a lot about the culture without trying. It was entertaining the whole way through.

    I am a romantic, and the sweet tension between Mayana and Ahkin kept me intrigued and gave me
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    Eryn Bradshaw
    Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss
    Mystery. Aztec/Mayan Myths. Romance. Magic. Blood Sacrifices.
    COUNT ME IN!

    The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes follows two points of views. Set in South America, based off of Aztec and Mayan myths and history, this book weaves a beautiful, magical story. The emperor of Chicome has died, leaving his son Ahkin to take over as emperor and to raise the sun each day. Through studying the skies and the sun setting earlier and earlier each day, hints of chaos looming over his nation. He also cannot fully

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    Monica (books_over_everything)
    **Disclaimer: I was given a free e-book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley.**

    Title The Seventh Sun

    Author Lani Forbes

    Release Date February 18, 2020

    Description from Amazon

    Thrust into leadership upon the death of his emperor father, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he’s now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all Ahkin’s efforts, the sun is fading–and the end of the world
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    Meg Alberda
    May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    OH. MY. GOODNESS. GRACIOUS. I actually was making noises at this book (ask my brother, he was next to me when I was reading it). I thought I was going to have a heart attack while reading it. Currently, I'm going through withdrawal. This book is absolutely #WriterGoals, and I'm thoroughly convinced Mrs. Forbes is magic. The description and the plot twists made it totally worth all the anguish it caused :p. I CANNOT WAIT to read the next one. I would recommend The Seventh Sun to all of my ...more
    Melissa Kirscher
    This is an amazing book. The characters come to life while in their time and culture. If your a fan of Percy Jackson you will love this story. The story draws you in with realistic characters who you empathize with as they face their challenges. I can’t wait to read more from this author.
    Monique
    Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: e-arc, fantasy, 2019
    There have been 6 apocalypses, 6 suns that have died and were brought back alive by sacrifice of the gods. The seventh sun has been in the sky for hundreds of years, but the days grow shorter... But that might be the least of prince Ahkin’s worries, as his father has suddenly passed away and his mother joined him, and he is crowned emperor. And the emperor must have a wife... 6 princesses, all descendants of one specific god, are summoned, and one will become the empress, the other six will be ...more
    gwendalyn _books_
    This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my ownI want thank Blackstone Publishing for sending is incredible Early Paper Copy!
    Six daughters vie to become Empress of the Chicome people in a competition only one will survive. Rich in imagination and romance, and based on the legends and history of the Aztec and Maya people, THE SEVENTH SUN brings to vivid life a world on the edge of
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    Layla
    Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: books-i-love
    I received an early eARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    Outstanding - my pick for one of the top YA books of next year.

    I don't think that I have ever read a YA book that centred on the Aztec culture, something that fascinated me so much as a child, and I adored this.

    There have been so many stories over the last year or so revolving around arranged marriages, or winning princes hearts ect. that I must admit, I entered this book a little jaded. However Lani has
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    Andria Sedig
    Oct 22, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: read-in-2019
    I'd like to start by saying that I love that this book is inspired by Aztec/Mayan beliefs; it was a refreshing take on typical YA fantasy stories. However, as this is not material I am incredibly familiar with, I did find some of this book challenging to engage with and understand. I found myself googling things often to make sure I wasn't missing references that might be important later in the story. The writing of this was nice; I liked the characters. The bridal selection and tests reminded ...more
    Amy
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    While this book doesn't come out until 2020, I suspect that this is a title that everyone should keep an eye on and read!

    Forbes does a great job incorporating Mesoamerican history (particularly Aztec culture) with fantasy to create an original plot and setting that makes me want to learn more about ancient Central and South American cultures. Also, Forbes' pacing insured that I would continue reading at all hours. Her main characters are compelling and I was left interested in the side
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    Nicky
    Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
    What more do you really need to know?
    Bright Star
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC from Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review.


    The Seventh Sun was an unique and enjoyable reading based on Maya and Aztec mythology. In fact, what I loved most was the worldbuilding (the author did a lot of research), which was fascinating and very detailed. I also adored the story in general and there were some unexpected twists I didn't see coming. The only thing I didn't like very much was the romance, too insta-lovey. They barely knew each other and in two weeks they
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    The Nerd Daily
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Hannah Bujold

    The Seventh Sun follows two equally lost souls, conflicted in a world where one minuscule transgression might mean perpetual damnation. Inspired by ancient Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilisations and cultures, the novel is situated in the Chicome Empire, a land that has been devastated by six individual apocalypses; by water, storm, fire, famine, sickness, and beasts. It is because of this that the Chicome people endeavour to uphold the
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    Jamie Pauline
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    Kacey
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free book.

    At first I wasn't considering this book, but I figured why not try it, and I'm glad I sent in the request. Honestly, it does tick a lot of familiar boxes in the fantasy/alternate history category, but I like that it focused on a culture that isn't often explored. I don't know a lot about Aztec/Maya beliefs and culture, but I could feel its
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    Sara Zaninelli
    “Well, I believe that if you ignore the heart for too long, when it finally does grab your attention, it often screams and demands that you listen.”


    I’ve been able to read an advance copy thanks to Netgalley.
    The setting of this story is extremely interesting. The Sun has been destroyed Six times by calamities, like floods and storms. Every time a Sun is destroyed a God sacrifices himself to create a new one and the descendants of these Gods are nobles with great powers. Ahkin is the son of the
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    Sara Zaninelli
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
    “Well, I believe that if you ignore the heart for too long, when it finally does grab your attention, it often screams and demands that you listen.”


    The setting of this story is extremely interesting. The Sun has been destroyed Six times by calamities, like floods and storms. Every time a Sun is destroyed a God sacrifices himself to create a new one and the descendants of these Gods are nobles with great powers. Ahkin is the son of the emperor and when his father suddenly dies he has the task
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    Dreamoffire
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The sun is setting on an era, and if Ahkin doesn’t rise as his empire’s new ruler, the sun may never rise again. Ahkin is a decedent of the light god, and only his living blood can keep the next apocalypse at bay. But how can he take over for his father, when he’s conflicted about the fate of his mother? And how can he be a good emperor, when all the signs in the heavens tell him he’s already failing?

    Mayana is a princess of the water goddess. She can control water, but she can’t control her own
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    Meg at
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Their blood is the power that protects their people.
    Mayana, a demigod with the gift of water, is our compassionate and empathetic main character of The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes. I took to Mayana quickly because of those two qualities that are so apparent. Living in a society that doesn’t blink at sacrificing life for meals and festivals, she is continuously fighting an internal battle – to please the Gods’ sacred rituals, or remain true to her own ideals.

    As the only daughter of their royal
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    Hira Chaudhary
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

    With a little bit of The Selection, a dash of The Wrath and the Dawn, and a whole lot of incredible Mexican/Aztec/Mayan influence, this is definitely not a story you want to miss out on. Mayana and Ahkin live in a world driven by sacrifice and ritual, constantly working to appease the gods and ensure the wellbeing of their people. As members of the noble families, their blood has the power to call forth
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    Margherita Abitino
    This was a refreshing YA read. I absolutely loved the Aztec and Mayan inspiration for this story. I thought I'd have a hard time following along with so many unfamiliar names of gods and places, but it all came together well. It was a nice change from the usual European/Greek/Nordic deity references in YA fantasy. There were times I even forgot it was a YA novel. Eventually, I'd come across something almost cringe-worthy and I'd quickly be reminded that this wasn't written for someone in her ...more
    Aly
    This book...THIS BOOK.

    I loved reading this! I love the inclusion of Aztec and Mayan beliefs, and I felt that it was interwoven in this world quite well while still being unique. This is a different type of love story. While it's taking place in just a span of 2 weeks, with the falling in love happening in just a span of a few days, it feels genuine and almost as if you've known these characters for a long time. It doesn't feel rushed, but it also doesn't feel slow. I have no idea how it's
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    Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer, which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She teaches middle school math and science and proudly calls herself a nerd and Gryffindor. She is also an ...more