The Seventh Sun

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Blackstone Publishing, Feb 18, 2020 - Young Adult Fiction - 336 pages

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.


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A rich, but cruel world, Customs that bind everyone, especially those in the nobility and a selection process where those not chosen are condemned to be sacrificed to appease the gods. No wonder it's ... Read full review

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What an amazing journey. This book is beyond... its rich and atmospheric, elegant and detailed, bold and full of heart. I just want to fan girl over this book. I picked up up off of a recommendation and the cover alone. I love historical fiction novels and reading about the Mayan/Aztec is a love of mine. This book seemed to have all my favorite bases ticked so I decided to read it.
I am beyond blown away with it. Every page is lush and detailed, full of pleasant scenes and rich detailed characters. I loved how the author incorporated history and facts to make this story come aline. I was sucked in and didn't escape until way after I turned the last page. I will be reading more from this series and this author; that is a no brainier for me.
There is romance here (it is YA so nothing more then kissing) but oh my the adventure it amazing. I loved the direction the story took and was surprised in parts and predicted others. The ending is mostly complete (a small cliffhanger) that left me immediately wanting more. I can't wait for what comes next and that wait is going to "kill" me!! LOL.
If you are looking for adventure and a fun story this is it!! Ten stars and more. I will leave this review with one thing that I would have liked mentioned to me and that is this: Trigger warning/Sensitive Reader Warning: I do think sensitive readers need to be aware that there are some very difficult scenes with animals within the story. They not graphic but do depict death/harm.

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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 wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She is a proud nerd, Gryffindor, and member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.