Author: Lani Forbes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publishing Date: February 18, 2020
Age Category & 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.
➝ Sum it up in points!
✔ based on Aztec & Mayan civilisation
✔ slight inspiration from Egyptian cultures
✔ do-or-die obstacles to be faced
✔ mesoamerican culture and myths
✔ royalty romance
✔ sacrificial blood magic
✔ an empathetic princess meets a young emperor
The Seventh Sun rises against a backdrop of culture, legacy, and magic. With an apocalyptic legend worrying this world, an eighteen-year-old prince who has just lost his parents shines to bring some hope. Though, this golden city also expects him to bring an empress, which leads to a survival competition between princesses of the other cities. Painting the sky with romantic strokes, the book also offers the insta-love trope for the two royalties, making the readers fall in love with the new strong headed empress too. A magic system that asks for blood sacrifice builds on the inspired mythology and the great writing is bound to captivate the readers.
➝ Trigger Warnings
✔ human & animal sacrifice
✔ death of parents
✔ witnessing a suicide
✔ frequent self-harming (cutting)
✔ blood spilling & mentions
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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 award-winning member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators