Review: The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes

The Seventh Sun

Title:The Seventh Sun
Author: Lani Forbes
Genre: Fantasy, YA Fiction
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Date published: February 18th 2020
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 336

Rating: 4.5/5

Thrust into leadership upon the death of his emperor father, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he’s now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all Ahkin’s efforts, the sun is fading–and the end of the world may be at hand.

For Mayana, the only daughter of the Chicome family whose blood controls the power of water, the old emperor’s death may mean that she is next. Prince Ahkin must be married before he can ascend the throne, and Mayana is one of six noble daughters presented to him as a possible wife. Those who are not chosen will be sacrificed to the gods.

Only one girl can become Ahkin’s bride. Mayana and Ahkin feel an immediate connection, but the gods themselves may be against them. Both recognize that the ancient rites of blood that keep the gods appeased may be harming the Chicome more than they help. As a bloodred comet and the fading sun bring a growing sense of dread, only two young people may hope to change their world.

Rich in imagination and romance, and based on the legends and history of the Aztec and Maya people, The Seventh Sun brings to vivid life a world on the edge of apocalyptic disaster.


Here’s a review from my awesome IRL friend Christina!

**Thank you NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review**


  • The story takes place in the Chicome Empire, which is inspired by ancient Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations and cultures. It has a rich and vivid setting, kind of reminded me of the Aladdin movie (Yes, I know it’s 2 different cultures, but the festivals and the market scenes feel so similar in ambience and atmosphere).
  • The story happens in the midst of the churning of a new apocalypse. After having endured six apocalypse, the Chicome Empire is about to endure the seventh one. Every day the sun is setting early than the last, until there threatens to be no more light left. Hence, the novel takes place over the course of two weeks. It’s a fast-paced novel with action at every turn of the page and intensity for the readers as the clock ticks down.
  • The characters were really well fleshed out. Mayana was such a pure soul, it was impossible not to love her. I also appreciated how much depth was given into the personalities of the other 5 girls. Each one is so distinct, and despite the competition and the high stakes present, you want them all to live.
  • Some people might consider the romance a little bit unrealistic, considering that it builds up very quickly, but I personally think the author executed it very well.
  • Exciting plot to keep you on your toes and the ending leaves you aching for more. Looking forward to reading the second book!


Read if you liked:

  • The Selection
  • Spin the Dawn
  • The Heroes of Olympus,

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