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The Jade Bones

(The Age of the Seventh Sun #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Cast into the underworld after an act of shattering betrayal, Mayana and Ahkin must overcome unimaginable odds if they are to return home and reclaim the throne of the Chicome. A river of blood and demons disguised as children are only two of the challenges standing in their way. Fortunately, they are not unequipped. Mayana’s royal blood controls the power of water, and Pr ...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published February 16th 2021 by Blackstone Publishing
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Sep 23, 2020 rated it liked it
this sequel follows two POVs. one takes place in the living world and is plot based. the other takes place in the underworld and focuses more on character development and world-building. and while i appreciate the dichotomy these two journeys present, i definitely favoured one over the other.

in fact, i practically skimmed over one POV entirely. pesonally, i dont think it really added anything new to the story and was only included because its the natural progression of the story (aka filler nee
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"And who has protected who down here, prince of light? When will you realize that we are doing this together? "

Ok let me start by authors are truly on a roll this year! 2020 is seriously a crappy year for us but these amazing books are shedding some much needed light into this darkness!

The Jade Bones picks up right where we left off in book one. So if you don't remember what happen to Ahkin an
Celia McMahon
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
AHHHHHHH That is how sequels are done!!!

Aug 26, 2020 marked it as to-read
I need this book...Please, please, please... I need to find out what happened to Mayana and Ahkin.
Justin Call
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Jade Bones is a very strong follow up to Lani Forbes's 2020 debut, The Seventh Sun. It picks up where the first book left off (with Mayana and Ahkin traversing the underworld), and there are a surprising number of tests and challenges for them to face, both in terms of their magic, their strength, their ability to trust one another – and yes, even the gods.

Most surprising of all, though, is the new POV Forbes offers the reader with Princess Yemania, the Daughter of Healing, and her love inte
Olivia Wildenstein
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Second chances, first love, exotic magic ... the sequel to THE SEVENTH SUN is sure to enchant and thrill.

It was fun to see Akhin and Mayana again, but Yemenia and Ochix really stole the show and my heart.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely stunning sequel to The Seventh Sun. This has adventure, romance, and beautiful messages about worthiness and communication. I love that we follow Mayana and Ahkin's journey, while also seeing Yemania's personal growth, relationships, and viewing the political intrigue of the world Lani Forbes built.

Without any spoilers, I knew this would be a great book the minute I started squealing out of joy, grunting and rolling my eyes out of frustration, and wanting to talk about wi
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for a unbiased, honest review.

This was the perfect sequel to The Seventh Sun! It dives deeper into the cultural history and is more action packed than the first, if that's even possible. The novel is divided into two different POV, the first being between Ahkin and Mayana's voyage in the underworld. The second POV comes from Yemania where readers are kept apprised of the political intrigue and happenings. Readers are also treated to a new romance that I am ABSOLUTEL
Elysian Fields
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favorites
There are books that take you on an adventure and there are books that you consume, then there are books like The Jade Bones that do/are both. After devouring The Seventh Son I was excited for more. The Seventh Son left me with a killer book hangover, and I could not get it out of my head for weeks, so when The Jade Bones was announced, you bet I was beyond excited because I needed more from these characters and more from this world.

The Jade Bones starts out almost immediately where The Seventh
I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Lani Forbes blew me away with this book! I loved The Seventh Sun but everything seemed a little more elevated in this book.

The biggest thing I have to comment on is the character development and the romance. I complained about things feeling too instalovey with the first book and that is completely not the case with this book. In fact, Forbes seemed to make a conscious decision to show how a healt
Jan farnworth
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Jade of Bones is the follow-up to Lani Forbes's debut novel from 2020, The Seventh Sun. The Seventh invites us into a world where Gods favor the people and their lives deeply entrenched in rituals that prevent their world from being destroyed. The story is told in two separate character storylines. One follows Ahkin and Mayana as they travel through the underworld's nine realms and can be very dark at times. The other follows Princes Yemenia, the daughter of healing, and her new love interes ...more
Brianna Zimmermann
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A sequel that truly is as thrilling and mesmerizing as the book that started this journey, The Jade Bones is the worthiest of praise. In a setting where most YA doesn’t venture, it stands apart. Lani Forbes is an amazing writer with the talent to make you love all of her characters, but the best part for me is that they read so genuinely as people. You can’t go wrong with this series and Forbes is an author I will follow for the rest of her career.
gwendalyn _books_
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
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 own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Based on ancient Mesoamerican legends and mythology, The Jade Bones picks up right where we left off in book one. So I went back and
Brittney our.bookish.reads
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you @Favouritepagesclub @Blackstone and @LaniForb for the amazing opportunity to read The Jade Sun (releasing February 16, 2021) and I'm so happy to be a part of the Book Tour!


I finished this in a day everybody, a day, and the ending still came too soon! Can we address the ending of this book!!?? 😧

The world-building in this is just as amazing as the first book, as well the the character developments. I love Mayana, I feel like I'd make the same decisions she makes, she thinks w
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book.

The relationship that continued to develop between Mayana and Ahkin and Yemana was amazing.

I can't speak good enough of this.

On the whole the book was a little slow due to it being a quest book, it was never boring.

The character development that happened within each of our main characters was off the charts and I can't wait until the third book!
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OMG my soul just died!! I had asked the author on a sale of one to how much will this rip out my soul is the cliffhanger and she was right!!! This one devastated me to no end and now I have to wait a year to read the next one. #DIE!

This one we pick up right where we left off and this time a new POV is added of the princess that can heal. I loved her so much and being in her POV worked so well to keep us informed about what was going on in the world above.

If you loved book one then this one is
Mary Ann Fraser
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved THE SEVENTH SUN and couldn't wait for this second installment in the series. I was not disappointed! Lani Forbes blew it out of the water. With elements reminiscent of Dante's Inferno and not one but two smoldering romances, THE JADE BONES picks up where THE SEVENTH SUN left off and barrels through both the Overworld and Underworld to the book's riveting conclusion. Yemania's story is particularly touching while Mayana's is action-packed and seeped in magic. Bravo! ...more
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Continuation of the story. I like the alternate viewpoints and storyline with Yemania. This had more romance and a few unveilings but felt like the setup to the next book. Overall liking this!
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars (rounded up to 5)

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Spoilers for The Seventh Sun ahead.

After ending up in the underworld, Mayana and Ahkin struggle to make their way back out. Their world is in danger and they need to retake the throne. However, the many layers of Xibalba are not easy to pass through. Not to mention, Mayana and Ahkin are mad at themselves and each other. The Mother goddess leaves them with a dark warning that one of them won't survive...
The LitBuzz
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this second installment of The Age of the Seventh Sun series…
Mayana and Akin have to travel the underworld to find the Lords of the Dead. Their journey is normally for actual souls on their way to their final resting place. Still very much alive, Mayana and Akin are nearly killed in the underworld left and right. Despite the tools given to them by Ometeotl, the Mother goddess, their trust in each other and in themselves is constantly jerked back and forth throughout their journey.

Meanwhile… i
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Jade Bones is the sequel to The Seventh Sun, a fantasy series with much of its ideas drawn from the Maya culture. The Jade Bones is an excellent continuation of the series.

Lani Forbes has penned another winning story. The dual story line follows Mayana and Yemania as they each face trials that challenge them on many levels. I appreciated Forbes handling of the men in Mayana and Yemania’s lives being tested and having to trust the intellect and abilities of the women. In fact, they all had t
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love love love this sequel! So much so, I think I liked it more than the first. It was the same beautiful world that Lani created in The Seventh Sun, but where book 1 held a lot of necessary world building and character development, we got to jump right into the heart of the story and the meat of the plot in The Jade Bones. LOOOOVVEDDD Yemania’s POV and may even ship her and Ochix more than Ahkin and Mayana. Total page turner, highly recommend.
Zoe L.
Feb 18, 2021 added it
Have you ever had a book that surprisingly stuck with you? Like you read it, fell in love, but then continued to think about it when you didn’t think you would? Well that was what happened after I read The Seventh Sun last year. So, to say I’ve been waiting for this book for a while is a bit of an understatement. I just HAD to know what happened next in this world and I just wanted to dive right back into the rich magic and culture.

And one thing that I am so happy for is that this book didn’t di
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Jade Bones is a stunning and vibrant novel about a fantasy world where Mayana and Ahkin must go through levels of the underworld to make it back to the world of the living. They must pass different levels of tests and through these develop into stronger characters. A lot like life and learning and growing and becoming better people. It reminds me of how the world is never black and white, but has countless shades of gray, and the gray is where the most positive and beautiful change comes fro ...more
Laura (Bookie_mama_bear)
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read The Jade Bones at the beginning of the week by @laniforbes. This is the continuation to The Seventh Sun which I loved!!
Book 2 picks up right where book 1 ends. Without giving spoilers for book 1....there are concurrent journeys happening in this book. Both completely different but no less important. We see some Insta love and lots of perilous situations. Its darker than book 1 with a lot more going on. Some twists and betrayals along the way too - all good stuff! It’s a really quick, eas
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler if you have not read The Seventh Sun.

I loved the first book and this sequel is even better, it features Mayana and Ahkin in the Underworld, they have to climb all seven levels and go through all the trials while staying alive to be able to return to the world of the living. They will have to learn to know and trust each other, something that is not easy for either of them. Mayana will have to confide her thoughts on her faith in the Gods and Ahkin will have to trust Mayana to help
Mologadi Ngatane
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2021
I loved this sequel, it was just as exciting as the first book with high stakes. I loved Yemania and Ochix as a couple, they are just great. Looking forward to the next installment
Rashmi Menon
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, Blackstone Publishing, and Lani Forbes for an advance copy in exchange for my honest review.

I came across this Mesoamerican-Aztec-inspired series when one of my Booktok friends introduced me to The Seventh Sun. I enjoyed reading The Seventh Sun so much that I looked up Book 2 and found The Jade Bones was available for review on Netgalley. I immediately put in a request to review and was over the moon when I was approved. As with Book 1, I finished reading The Jade Bones i
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I’ve had a taste of what it feels like to be in control of my own life for once, and I will never give that up... If they somehow think they can delegitimize me for following my heart instead of doing what is best for the empire, then my heart be damned.

Recommended for fans of Endless Water, Starless Sky by Rosamund Hodges.

Spoilers for The Seventh Sun follow! Beware!

The Jade Bones picks up right where The Seventh Sun left off, with Mayana and Ahkin deep, deep in the underworld. Now cognizant o
Emily Hill
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-reads
All in all a strong sequel.

The additional POV definitely added more context, and I found myself surprisingly invested in that storyline as well - at time even more than the primary arc. The characters continued to grow and develop, while remaining consistent and flawed. The worldbuilding was also fleshed out more in this installment which I appreciated.

Overall, this avoiding feeling too much like a middle book and had a compelling arc of its own.
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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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