The Seventh Sun
Author : Lani Forbes
Genre : YA Fantasy
Release date : 18th February 2020
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.
This was the perfect mix between The Selection and ancient Aztec/Maya/Inca mythology. I loved it from the beginning to the end, with one slight exception.
We have Prince Ahkin, whose father, the emperor of the Chicome has just died unexpectedly, and who must now become emperor himself, choose a bride among several royal daughters and deal with the empire’s looming war. On the other side, we have Mayana (I LOVE that name !), one of the royal daughters sent to Prince Ahkin, capable of mastering water and possessing quite a strong mind.
Mayana must take part in several trials to hope to become the Chicome’s next empress. If she fails, she dies.
Among all that, some political plots blossom , the enemies of the empire taking advantage of the death of the emperor.
The whole book is set in an ancient Aztec etc… like world. I don’t think I have read one before, and what a shame it is. I really loved that setting, and even though I’m sure all the traditions depicted in the book are not all real, it was like diving in a parallel ancient world reminding me a lot of Tomb Raider.
All in all, the trials for a prince trope reminded me of The Selection series by Kiera Cass, and I had loved that specific trope. Mayana was really a loveable character, and I thought she handled the competition really well. Of course, competition means competitors. And if there are competitors, there’s jealousy, and where there’s jealousy, there’s a mean girl.
Yes, it was probably expected with that trope, but I was disappointed by how cliché this was. We have that one girl who really dislikes Mayana because she’s great, and who does everything in her power to put Mayana in tricky positions. That was just overdone in my opinion.
However, the cliché aspect of things is the only thing I disliked about the book. My guilty pleasure is reading about royalty falling in love, so I awwww-ed while reading all the cute moments between Ahkin and Mayana (which is a lot in the book) so I was more than happy with the book.
The rythm of the story flowed nicely, nothing was rushed, and it introduced quite smoothly a deeper plot for the following book. I don’t know how many sequels there will be, but I know I’ll probably make sure to read them. I definitely want more of Ahkin and Mayana, and the cliffhanger the book leaves us with is so gripping I can’t do anything else than wait impatiently for the next book !
That was honestly a fast and entertaining read, so don’t hesitate to pre-order it soon ! I’ll be telling you all about it again when it releases anyway 😉
Thanks for reading !
See you soon,
Love, Jade ❤