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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.
Before I even start with the review; can I please just say; absolutely delighted I am with such fantasy books or series coming up that focuses more and more on so many different mythologies and cultures?
The Seventh Sun, the first in an all new series; has it’s foundations in the Mayan Mythology, and has inspirations from Aztec and Egyptian Cultures – and this was such a refreshing change to see such beautifully complex cultures being represented and for that this book; and its subsequent sequels as well as the author have my heart!
Now, here the young prince, Akhin is suddenly thrust into a role he doesn’t feel he is ready when his father dies – and as per tradition, his mother has to kill herself, not just so that emperor doesn’t have to journey the afterlife alone; but also so that her son, the prince can now find a wife to stand by his side.
Imagine reading about those events in the first chapter of the book itself – I swear, with such a sad and violent start to the story; it was inevitable that I would be glued to the rest of the book!
Now the traditions that come to choosing the next empresses isn’t an easy one and one that is definitely NOT for everyone! Its a bloody, vicious battle that all the princess from the neighbouring kingdoms are required to participate; one of them being Mayana.
Now Mayana, is a heroine you could definitely root for, right from the start – there is a realistic aspect to her character that the reader can’t help but relate to! And Akhin is a hero, I had mixed feelings for, on one hand, I understood his logical reasoning but on the other hand, I had to literally bite my lips to stop screaming at my e-reader, lest I be considered a loon 😛
The Seventh Sun, is a complex story, with political mechanisms and conspiracies abound – not to mention the violent end that comes to the women who AREN’T chosen.
The writing of the author was refreshingly engaging and in spite of the fact that this YA story also falls into the trap of insta – love (Why, oh god WHY!!??), this book was delectably written to capture not just the attention of the reader; but their imagination as well!
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.