Hello Book Dragons!
Today I’ll be sharing my review of an amazing Fantasy novel that I read recently. All thanks to The FFBC and Blackstone Publishing for having me on the tour and for providing me with an e-copy.
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.
I am going to keep my review short for this book because because I don’t wish to spoil it for you. Every detail would be a spoiler for this book!
The Seventh Sun traces the story of Mayana and Akhin, two wounded souls who feel like ames damnees in their own kingdoms. Both Akhin and Mayana are bound to their own traditions out of their will and questions the sacrifice of their people. Set in the Chicome Empire, Akhin first meets Mayana when he is supposed to choose an empress for himself. Out of all the princesses, Akhin is immediately attracted to Mayana but does she succeed in all the tasks chosen by the matchmaker? When light and water merges, is it a blessing or a disaster? Well, that’s for you to find out.
When I first started reading the book, it was a bit difficult for me to get into the world-building. The Seventh Sun is inspired by history of the Aztec and Maya people and since I didn’t know much about the history, it took me some time to get accustomed to the imaginative world Forbes created in the novel. But as soon as I saw the characters in all their glory, I started connecting to them. The title, The Seventh Sun reverberated through the entire story, as it is based on the theme of “the seventh sun”.
The Seventh Sun started off slow but then picked up its pace. This is when I finally started to truly enjoy it. I loved Forbes’s writing style, especially the way she wrote all the scenic and character descriptions. The setting is rich, the narration crisp and the characters were charming. All together, The Seventh Sun proved to be a highly engaging and captivating book to read.
I will definitely be looking forward to read the next book in the series. Although I loved the book, it didn’t quite “wow” me. It could be because I am still new to Fantasy. The descriptions of blood and sacrifice at the beginning of the book kind of made me uncomfortable but once I accepted that all of it was part of the plot, I started warming up to the story.
The Seventh Sun is a great book in itself and Lani Forbes’s writing made it even more special. So, if you’re up for a young adult fantasy with strong female characters, female friendships, romance (lots of it) and a rich fantasy world, The Seventh Sun should be on your TBR.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
Until next time,