Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Seventh Sun

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Hello everyone! I am so thrilled to be part of the tour organized by Fantastic Flying Book Club for this amazing book. You can check out the tour schedule here.


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THE SEVENTH SUN BY LANI FORBES

Expected Publication: February 18th, 2020 by Blackstone Publishing

Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Fiction

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ABOUT THE SEVENTH SUN

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.

A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

RATING: ★★★★★

I honestly don’t know how to start this review. In fact, I’m not even sure if my brain is working right now because guess what? I stayed until 5 AM to finish this book. I wanted to finish it so badly that I couldn’t even wait for another day.

To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for this. Sure, the premise sounded exciting. It’s not every day that you stumble upon a fantasy book based on the Aztec and Mayan legends. But the human sacrifice aspect of the plot reminded me of Gravemaidens and that was, unfortunately, a bit disappointing.

However, a few chapters in and I was hooked.

I’m not sure if it’s the plot, Ahkin (I have a weak spot for princes), or the writing but it was the type of book that I really wanted to finish fast. It was interesting and intriguing enough that I didn’t want to put it down. And when I got to the conflict, I wanted to finish it even faster. It was like removing band-aid on a wound. You know it’s painful but also inevitable so you just have to go through it as quickly as possible.

What I really liked about this book is the romance. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge shipper. When I like a couple, I don’t mind if they have too many sweet moments. In fact, the longer it is, the happier my heart will be. I really shipped Mayana and Ahkin so I was quite happy that they had so many moments together. Technically, it was a whirlwind romance that happened in a few days. But I know that there was a time constraint so I didn’t have a problem with it. Besides, it felt like they’ve known each other forever.

Another thing I liked about this book is how it was unpredictable. The reason the sun was fading was unexpected and not something I even considered. I also liked how Lani incorporated magical elements into the story and didn’t just base everything from Aztec and Mayan history and rituals. It made things a lot more interesting.

Map of The Chicome Empire
Map of The Chicome Empire

The only minor problem I had with this book is the names. I have no idea how to pronounce them. Atl, Yaotl, Ehecatl… Please, can someone enlighten me? 😂

The ending definitely hints at a second book but it is not the kind of cliffhanger that’s infuriating. It was satisfying but at the same time, it makes you want more. I am really excited about what’s in store for this series. Based on what happened in the last chapter, it will get even more interesting.

FAVORITE QUOTES:

You always think that knowledge gives you power, but you will never learn enough to feel ready.

Beauty eventually fades for everyone. The spirit is what lasts forever

Your heart is yours. You control it, not the other way around.

I believe that if you ignore the heart for too long, when it finally does grab your attention, it often screams and demands that you listen.

Just because others may treat you poorly, it never gives you the right to treat them poorly in return.

You are so ready to believe you are not enough … No one can convince you that you are, aside from yourself.

Just because you wish something wasn’t true, doesn’t mean it isn’t.


About the Author

lani forbes

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.

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6 thoughts on “Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Seventh Sun

  1. I love LOVE this book! I didn’t know what to expect from it, just that it has some Aztec myth/culture incorporated into the story, but it was just sooooo good! This was a great review, Marie. I still don’t know how I’ll write mine. I’m still trying to wrap my head around things. 😀

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