The Seventh Sun
For Mayana, the only daughter of the ...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
What can I say about this fantastic and amazing book when I first saw The Seventh Son on the blog tour and read the synopsis I had to join the FFBC Blog Tour. I just love the sound about this book and it checks every mark on what I love in books, plus the cover is gorgeous as well. As you can tell I love and ...more
This book is a perfect mix of romance, fantasy, and history of the Aztec and Maya people. Many thanks to Blackstone Publishing for the e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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
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). ;)
A richly imagined fantasy world inspired by Mayan/Aztec/Incan mythology? Yes, please!
Prince Ahkin was always destined to be emperor…he just didn’t think that day would come as quickly as it did. Following the untimely death of his father, Ahkin is now responsible for raising the sun in the sky each day as well as reading the stars. But before Ahkin can truly be crowned emperor, he must choose a bride as per tradition. He is to choose a noble daughter from one of the six ...more
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Content Warning: Death of a loved one and animal, Suicide, Human & Animal sacrifice, Self ...more
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I haven’t read a lot of fantasy books based on ancient Aztec and Maya mythology and culture, so it’s a refreshing to see a new fantasy book that is inspired from Mesoamerican heritage. The Seventh Sun is really rich in culture and it’s always nice to see other people’s culture being represented in a book. Forbes really took ...more
The first few chapters were not my thing. I pushed reading this book all the way from October (it is January). But since my ARCs just kept piling up, I thought "just read it and you'll be done with it".
I was pleasantly surprised, though. The story really picks up later on and there's a lot of cool things happening. Mayana, our main character, is basically a water-bender, while Ahkin, ...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
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
Oh my gosh. I’m legit just kind of blown away about how much this book messed me up. In a good way of course. I was shocked because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book like this, and I’m ...more
Ancient civilizations, mythologies, head dresses, jade pendants, noble families, obsidian daggers – whoa boy – Lani Forbes’s debut novel, THE SEVENTH SUN, kept me glued to the page as I became fully immersed in the rich cultural experience of the Chicome people. With two main characters: Ahkin, a devout young prince who is expected to become emperor and lead his ...more
SO. The seventh sun is set in a fantasy world based on MesoAmerican culture. The world is beautifully developed and the magic system not only makes sense but is fantastically fleshed out.
I felt like I was missing the book not reading it. It takes a brilliant author to make you forget you're even reading and drag you straight into ...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
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
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
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