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The Seventh Sun

(The Age of the Seventh Sun #1)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  82 reviews
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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing
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Oct 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Omigoodness, the description sounds marvellous!
The Nerd Daily
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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*** I received this book by FFBC Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review, thank you to FFBC Blog Tour and Blackstone Publishing for allowing me to read and review The Seventh Sun! ***

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
Mel (Epic Reading)
Oct 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
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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)
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
can't freaking wait for this one!
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't believe the ending of this book! The sequel couldn't come fast enough! Oh how I want to know more about Ahkin and Mayana, and see how this story will continue! Can't wait to see how everything will unfold.

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.
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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Celia McMahon
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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,
Olivia Wildenstein
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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). ;)
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up!

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
Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of THE SEVENTH SUN blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club, from February 12th - February 18th, 2020!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Blackstone Publishing via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Death of a loved one and animal, Suicide, Human & Animal sacrifice, Self
e-ARC provided by Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing in exchange for an honest review. My review is not influenced by any of this fact.

full review can be found on my blog!

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
Feb 11, 2020 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC of this book
Liv the Jellyfish Queen
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure why I read this book. I think I saw the words Maya and Aztec and was on board.

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,
Jade  - theelderbooks
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Eryn Bradshaw
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss
Mystery. Aztec/Mayan Myths. Romance. Magic. Blood Sacrifices.

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

Nour Mazen
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really didn't expect to like The Seventh Sun as much as I did. I thought it was going to be average, and maybe a 3-4 star rating. But this turned out to a pleasant surprise. It's so different from all the fantasy books out right now, the magic system is one of a kind, the world was very interesting, even the Chicome's religious perspective and belief was so intriguing. Also the world building was perfect. You get all the details without feeling overwhelmed with the description of everything.

Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Blackstone Publishing for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.

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
Margo Kelly
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With THE SEVENTH SUN, Lani Forbes joins Leigh Bardugo and Alwyn Hamilton in the ranks of the most talented fantasy authors of today.

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
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
holy shit. I'm speechless. This book was incredible. I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put it down. I loved it so much I read it in a 48hr period

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
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, e-arc, 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
Monica (books_over_everything)
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
**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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
gwendalyn _books_
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Meg Alberda
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
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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