The Seventh Sun
For Mayana, the only daughter of the Chi ...more
And *whispers* it is not an Own Voices book.
As a history lover, particularly about my own culture (I am Mexican and I live in Mexico), The Seventh Sun just did not do my people's rich culture & history justice. In fact, this book tried to erase Mexicas (because it keeps being promoted as Aztec when the real term should be Mexica). It draws from several Mesoamerican cultures and smashes them all together + Egyptian t ...more
i love how this story takes their history and uses their influence to create such a unique world and people. there are moments that reminded me of ‘the selection’ series, as well as ‘avatar: the last airbender.’ which isnt a bad thing. if anything, they added entertainment v ...more
Here is a quick summary before launching into my full review. When Akin's father dies in his sleep and his mother sacrifices herself to be in the underworld with him, Akin finds himself taking on the role of emperor du ...more
tired of white people using sacrifices as a stereotype for native culture and writing their self-insert versions of morality into the narrative to prove all their misguided and "primitive" people wrong.
its gro ...more
You always think that knowledge gives you power, but you will never learn enough to feel ready.
There are some answers in this life that will elude you.
Sometimes there are none to be found.
I had so much fun reading this! Loved the Azdec and Mayan elements.
Wish I had the next book now :(
Thanks to Edelweiss for an ARC of this book
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
But moving on:
I didn't find The Seventh Sun to be a good read. And it is sad because I was willing to give it a chance.
I found Mayana (the MC of this story) a very irritating character. She belongs to one of the six noble families that are re ...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. ...more
Second of all, this book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020. I mean, a historical fantasy novel with Mayan main characters actually set in the Mayans time and civilization?! It sounded and still sounds fantastic, but sadly this wa ...more
This book was actually good but I expected something different. I expected more about the problems with the sun and less about a “The Selection” type competition for the heart of the prince.
Even still I enjoyed the story. I felt it was a little unrealistic how quickly Ahkin and Mayana fell for each other but it was still sweet.
And of course we had our bitchy “I’m gonna make your life hell and not play fair” type ...more
I fell into the trap of reading this book from the colonizer’s gaze and did not hone in on the cultural appropriation and anti-indigenous rhetoric of this book.
I implore you to please check out the own voices reviews of this 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, dau ...more
Set in a fantasy world heavily inspired by the legends and traditions of ancient Mesoamerica, The Seventh Sun is a coming-of-age novel by debut author Lani Forbes featuring a rich blend of history, magic, and mythology.
One of the two protagonists is Ahkin, a young prince who thought he had years to learn the sacred rituals which would prepare him for the day he will succeed his father and lead the Chicome people. But as ...more
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've seen numerous reviews that have criticized the poor depiction and white-washing of indigenous culture in this debut novel, which is written by an author who has no significant connection to the Mesoamerican culture. Since I trust the opinions of own-voices reviewers, I defi ...more
February 19, 2020:
➝ Sum it up in points!
✔ based on Aztec & Mayan civilisation
✔ slight inspiration from Egyptian cultures
✔ do-or-die obstacles to be faced
✔ mesoamerican culture ...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). ;)
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 harm (c ...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 wat ...more
I am a romantic, and the sweet tension between Mayana and Ahkin kept me intrigued and gave me ...more
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 inhe...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
Well that wasn't great.
Sorry, I lie.
The last 10% was really good. The rest was quite dull.
Essentially it was a drawn out "Does he like me?, "Does she like me for me or my crown? drama. The writing was clunky in places and nice in others. I was disappointed that the world was neglected in favour of the romance. I have read other reviews and see that there might be some own voice or not own voice issues. I d ...more