Title: The Seventh Sun(The Age of the Seventh Sun #1)
Release Date: 18th February 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:The sun of the Chicome people has been destroyed six times. First by water, then bystorm, fire, famine, sickness, and beasts. After each apocalypse, the creatorgoddessallowed 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 beemperor, but he didn’t expect his father to die so suddenly. Now he must raise thesun in the sky each day and read the signs in the stars. But the stars now hint atimpending chaos and the sun has begun setting earlier each evening. Ahkin fears hemight not be strong enough to save his people from another apocalypse. And to addto 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’shand. She must prove she is a true daughter of water and face the others who havetheir own magical gifts from wielding the elements to the control of animals, plantsand healing. And in a society centered on rigid rituals, Mayana must conceal hertraitorous beliefsbecause if she doesn’t make Ahkin love her, she will become aceremonial sacrifice to bless his marriage. But darker forces are at play and it won’tmatter if Mayana loses if the world ends first…Rich in imagination and romance, and based on the legendsand history of the Aztecand Mayan people, The Seventh Sun brings to vivid life a world on the edge ofapocalyptic disaster.
The Seventh Sun was an enthralling start to a brand new series! I completely enjoyed it from start to finish.
Based on Aztec and Mayan culture, The Seventh Sun follows the story of Mayana, the daughter of a lord and Ahkin, the prince/soon to be king. Unable to be king until he marries, Ahkin holds a competition to determine his future bride. Mayana is amongst the other 6 noble daughters competing for his hand. But this is not a friendly competition. It’s a brutal trial that if you lose, you die.
I really loved the magical aspects of this! I am just a sucker for elemental based magic and loved the system that the author built for it. So unique! The world building was exciting and the plot held my attention throughout. The romance was delightful and I loved it. I will say this felt more like a New Adult book rather than Young Adult🤷♀️ overall, this book was full of fantasy, action, romance, and a world you will love to get lost in. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. I cant wait for the sequel!
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 whoseparents 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 schoolmath and science and proudly calls herself a nerd and Gryffindor. She is also anaward-winning member of Romance Writers of America and the Society forChildren’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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Starts: 12thFebruary 2020
Ends: 26thFebruary 2020
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