About the Book
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.
Molding the water into a transparent sphere, Mayana let it hover between her hands just for a moment, enjoying the light sparkling and reflecting off its shining surface.Lani Forbes
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.
How could she have lefts him at such a critical time? He needed her comfort now more than ever. He needed someone to believe in him.Lani Forbes
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…
His face suggested he had seen a night spirit. His fear seeped into her like something contagious and her heart began to race. Why was he staring at her like that?Lani Forbes
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.
Well, Lani Forbes is officially the queen of descriptions and making me hungry through those. Like holy wow! I was selected to post my favorite quotes for this book and I wound up going with the age old tactic of just selecting the ones at the beginning because they were all amazing. I mean, the imagery! I was transported to this lush fantastical story.
Atanzah, like all professional matchmakers, was an elderly woman, round and soft like a ripe mango.Lani Forbes
The Seventh Sun is based off of Aztec, Mayan, and Incan civilizations, and while I was on one hand desperate to rewatch The Emperors New Groove while reading this, I was also relishing in the authors choice to also uphold some of the dark aspects of the cultures. I’m talking sacrifices and blood magic. YES PLEASE! Which leads me to Mayan, the hard core but soft core (that’s a phrase, right?) daughter of the Chicome family who will FIGHT her father and traditions to avoid completing any animal sacrifices. Plus she has amazing water magic that comes from blood letting, so that’s pretty amazing! Then there is Ahkin, the squishable logical prince and descendant of the sun god.
Would you see me die to uphold some ancient ritual?Lani Forbes
So plot-wise imagine The Selection mixed with Aztec/Mayan/Incan mythology. It’s got that amazing (and sometimes fluffy) politically based arranged marriages as well as the darkly powerful magic system. Add in the chance of a new apocalypse and some The Hunger Games traits and you have The Seventh Sun. Seriously, this book captured me from the first word and just continued to get better and better!
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.
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Prize: Win (1) of (2) signed hardcover of THE SEVENTH SUN by Lani Forbes, a Worry Doll, a button and a bookmark (US/CAN Only)
Starts: 12th February 2020
Ends: 26th February 2020
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*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*