The Seventh Sun
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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, ...more
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). ;)
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 ...more
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 ...more
I am a romantic, and the sweet tension between Mayana and Ahkin kept me intrigued and gave me ...more
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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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Mayana is a princess of the water goddess. She can control water, but she can’t control her own ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more