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The Seventh Sun

(The Age of the Seventh Sun #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  791 ratings  ·  266 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 Chi
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing
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Melissa (thereaderandthechef)
Unfortunately, The Seventh Sun is my biggest bookish disappointment of the year.

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
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
what a complete surprise this story is! what originally lured me to the book was the promise of ancient mesoamerican culture. i dont know much about the mayans or the incas but, after reading this, i am thoroughly intrigued.

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
C.G. Drews
Jul 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
It doesn't feel right to let this go without comment, so I've come back to briefly note a few things. Particularly the fact that this book is full of cultural appropriation, disrespect of indigenous cultures and religion, and it's not #ownvoices. White authors really shouldn't research a real ancient civilisation, think 'this is super cool!!' and then...write a book about it. 🧐I am not an ownvoices reviewer (I will link to some), but even as I read I uncomfortably noticed the western religious v ...more
Mar 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was originally very excited about this novel, as I assumed in today's day and age it would have been an #ownvoices publication. It became quickly apparent, however, that it was not. This is a dual POV novel between a noble daughter, Mayana, and a prince-soon-to-be-emperor, Akin.

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
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this isn't ownvoices, and immediately its clear the author is conflating mayan, aztecian, and eygptian culture. just cherry picking whatever she likes, and then having no problem disrespecting the culture's for her 2 MCs which are, of course, the only "morally enlightened" of these people.

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
⭐️4.5 stars⭐️

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
NAT.orious reads ☾
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
Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
Feb 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
Quick note: I am an own voices reviewer & The Seventh Sun is not own voices. It disrespects Mexican Indigenous culture/mythology plus the author takes the liberty to draw from other of our ancient civilizations and Egyptian practices for "creative liberty".

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
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.
Wilmarie (lesbe.reader on IG & TikTok)
The Seventh Sun, what can I say about this book? First of all, I received an arc of this book from Edelweiss so thank you, Edelweiss and the publisher for it. I must say that this did not affect my review of it, which you can already tell due to the rating.
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
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
”I do not want you to honor me with death. I have had enough of death and loss”

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
Toya (the reading chemist)
Feb 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Edit: I am removing my review and pulling support from this book.

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.
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
Mel (Epic Reading)
Oct 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc-netgalley
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)
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, dau
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
Caidyn (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
May 13, 2020 marked it as will-avoid-forever
I'm going to sidestep the fact that The Seventh Sun is "based on the legends and history of the Aztec and Maya people" (according to the synopsis) and its main character is named Mayana. (A clear red flag, in my opinion.)

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
September 27, 2020: It's unfortunate to me that I didn't come across the ownvoices reviews beforehand or even around the release date because considering them, and the fact that the author is far from being ownvoices for the culture being depicted or used as an inspiration for this book, I can't recommend this any longer.

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
Oct 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
can't freaking wait for this one! ...more
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). ;)
Sep 10, 2020 added it
Can't remove this from my TBR GDI

Anyway, not here for a white author writing about Latinx experiences and profiting from it

Support Latinx authors and artists, not this racist and appropriative waste of trees!
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 harm (c
Nour Mazen
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.

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 wat
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 inhe

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
Claude's Bookzone
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
CW: (view spoiler)

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
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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 former teacher turned trauma counselor, her passion is showing readers the transformative and encouraging power of story on the human experience. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, Lani now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wea ...more

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