Disclaimer: I received two books from the publisher, one for review and one for giveaway. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: The Seventh Sun
Author: Lani Forbes
Book Series: The Age of the Seventh Sun Book1
Diversity: Inspired by Aztec, Mayan, and Inca cultures
Publication Date: February 18, 2020
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Recommended Age: 16+ (world ending, romance, TW sacrifice and suicide, violence, gore)
Synopsis: 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 Chicome family whose blood controls the power of water, the old emperor’s death may mean that she is next. Prince Ahkin must be married before he can ascend the throne, and Mayana is one of six noble daughters presented to him as a possible wife. Those who are not chosen will be sacrificed to the gods.
Only one girl can become Ahkin’s bride. Mayana and Ahkin feel an immediate connection, but the gods themselves may be against them. Both recognize that the ancient rites of blood that keep the gods appeased may be harming the Chicome more than they help. As a bloodred comet and the fading sun bring a growing sense of dread, only two young people may hope to change their world.
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 apocalyptic disaster.
Review: I really loved this look at a mix of Aztec, Mayan, and Inca cultures and I thought the plot was really interesting. I really liked the energy between Mayana and Ahkin and I liked the developed religion in the book. The book was also well paced and well wrote.
However, the book, in my opinion, focused a lot on the romance aspect and it felt really bachelor-esque with the choosing of the new wife and stuff. I didn’t much care for that but I really did like Mayana and Ahkin, although they’re kinda niche characters. I also liked and disliked how devoted the followers were, it was also cult-ish to an extent but I just have some other thoughts about religion as a whole.
Verdict: Overall though, I finished this super quickly and it was a great read.
The Seventh Sun (The Age of the Seventh Sun #1)
by Lani Forbes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: 18th February 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
The sun of the Chicome people has been destroyed six times. First by water, then by storm, fire, famine, sickness, and beasts. After each apocalypse, the creator goddess allowed one of her divine children to sacrifice themselves to save civilization. The gods paid their blood as the price for the lives of the people, and the people owed them blood in return.
Mayana is a noble descendant of the water goddess and can control water whenever her blood is spilled. She has always despised the brutal rituals of her people — especially sacrifices. She can’t even make it through a routine animal sacrifice without embarrassing her family. Prince Ahkin has always known he would be emperor, but he didn’t expect his father to die so suddenly. Now he must raise the sun in the sky each day and read the signs in the stars. But the stars now hint at impending chaos and the sun has begun setting earlier each evening. Ahkin fears he might not be strong enough to save his people from another apocalypse. And to add to his list of worries, he can’t truly become emperor until he selects a wife.
Mayana and six other noble daughters are sent to the palace to compete for Ahkin’s hand. She must prove she is a true daughter of water and face the others who have their own magical gifts from wielding the elements to the control of animals, plants and healing. And in a society centered on rigid rituals, Mayana must conceal her traitorous beliefs because if she doesn’t make Ahkin love her, she will become a ceremonial sacrifice to bless his marriage. But darker forces are at play and it won’t matter if Mayana loses if the world ends first…
Rich in imagination and romance, and based on the legends and history of the Aztec and Mayan people, The Seventh Sun brings to vivid life a world on the edge of apocalyptic disaster.
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 award-winning member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.