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The Seventh Sun Blog Tour

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.

by Lani Forbes
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: 18th February 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Favorite Quotes:

“A solitary flash of red splashed against the blue of the sky and distracted her from the twitching shadows of the birds. It looked like a comet, barely visible on the horizon but with a tail that glowed the color of blood.”

“This will not be the last time we see each other,” he told her. “And when I see you next, I will be even more proud of you than I am now. Your compassionate heart may hold you back at times from doing what is necessary, but it is also your greatest fight. You see what others see, you feel what others feel. Use that, Mayana. It can be strength if you let it.”

“Their attitudes will get us all killed by the gods, if you ask me. Sanctimonious fanatics. I hope the marriage arrangement they announced with the prince’s sister will do something to help smooth the tensions.” Yemenis shook her head slowly back and forth.


The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes is unique in the fact that it focuses on South American cultures. It has a bit of Mayan, Aztec, and Egyptian cultures within it. I found that to be quite fascinating. This book starts off with a very dramatic bang. Ahkin’s father has died. Ahkin’s mother is off to kill herself per the tradition of their culture. His mother kills herself so that her son is able to marry and the new wife will be the next incarnation of the goddess. I mean what a way to start the beginning of a novel. Ahkin has to find a wife before he can inherit the title of emperor.

Wow! There are so many rules for finding a wife. They have to be of noble descendant of one fo the gods. These gods are continually worshiped for the sacrifices to keep the people alive. The woman must prove themselves worthy of the marriage. The women that are not picked are sacrificed as a ceremonial blessing for the emperor’s rule and marriage. Quite intense right?

Then we have Mayana who doesn’t believe in tradition and rituals. The beliefs she has about these traditions and rituals could get her killed if anyone found out. Mayana is an empath. She has a hard time with the sacrifices both human and animal. She doesn’t want to do them anymore and she questions why they are being done in the first place. All she truly feels is that she is letting her father down all the time because she has such a chard time with their way of life.

I really liked the magic system in this book. I thought it was fitting. In order for someone with magic (or power) to be able to use it, they have to first cut themselves and spill their blood. There is also a fine line because they can’t spill too much blood or they will die. I feel like this book covers a lot of ground. You have Ahkin looking for a wife. You have Mayana falling in love with Ahkin but being conflicted due to her beliefs. You have conspiracies and traditions. So much information is dumped on you. This book is very hard to put down. It goes by fairly quickly.

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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.



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

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Tour Schedule:

February 12th

February 13th

Belle's Archive - Review + Favourite Quotes
Story-eyed Reviews - Review
Happily, Hedy - Review + Favourite Quotes
Fanna Wants The World To Read - Review
Dazzled by Books - Review + Favourite Quotes

February 14th

Artsy Draft - Guest Post
biblioxytocin - Review + Favourite Quotes
Book Briefs - Review
Cluttered Books - Review + Favourite Quotes
Popthebutterfly Reads - Review

February 15th

Kait Plus Books - Interview
@onemused - Review
Sohinee Reads & Reviews - Review
Kati's Bookaholic Rambling Reviews - Review
Bookablereads - Review + Favourite Quotes

February 16th

NovelKnight - Guest Post
KookBookery - Review + Favourite Quotes
Whispers & Wonder - Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads - Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Foals, Fiction & Filigree - Review + Favourite Quotes

February 17th

bewitchingwords - Review + Playlist
L.M.Durand - Review
Shelf-Rated - Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All - Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes
mabookyard - Review + Favourite Quotes

February 18th

Bibliobibuli YA - Interview
The Reading Chemist - Review
Ya It’s Lit  - Review + Favourite Quotes
For The Love of Fictional Worlds - Review
Jheel - Review + Favourite Quotes

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