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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes

If you’re a fan of Spin the Dawn and The Selection, then this is a book you CANNOT miss! This is honestly one of my favorites I’ve read this year, and I’m super excited for what’s to come in this series.

Welcome my friends, to my epic stop for The Seventh Sun blog tour, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! This post will include a review, my favourite quotes, and an amazing giveaway!

About the Book

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.

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. Find her on Instagram and Twitter.

My Review

I am shook. SHOOK I say! This book has easily reached my favourites list, and I simply cannot wait for the next one to see where Ahkin and Mayana’s journey goes next. Unfortunately I’ll have to wait for a while, but when it’s out, I’ll be the first in line.

*Sidenote: I chatted with the author, Lani, on Instagram briefly (she’s so sweet!) and she told me she’s already finished writing the second book and is really happy with how it turned out so yayyyyyy! Now we just have to wait for it to come out. Please hurry, lol.

I loved the cultural background and significance in this book. While the main knowledge I have in the Aztecs is based on what I’ve learned in social studies class (or history class), I have always been super fascinated by the culture. I have learned quite a bit about specific gods through this book and I’m glad the author added this layer to it.

The fight scenes and warrior kind of scenes were suspenseful and fun to read. They had the perfect balance of bloodshed and victory. Oh and the plot twist was so good: I didn’t expect it at all!

Ahkim and Mayana’s relationship was beautiful, and definitely super swoon-worthy. I loved watching it blossom, although I have to admit, I think it escalated a tad bit quickly. Just the beginning of it though. It’s written similar to Spin the Dawn, and Serpent & Dove—not in plot exactly, but in the descriptions and the overall feeling, ya know? And those were some of the best written romances I’ve seen so kudos to Forbes! After all, she is an award-winning member of Romance Writers of America. Anyways, I can’t wait to see where their love goes in book 2!

Favourite Quotes

Nothing makes me happier than creating two souls for each other and seeing them find their way together. You are dualities of each other, heart and mind, passion and duty. You will both teach each other what the other needs to learn.

Ahh, so beautiful. Do you believe in the concept of soulmates? Because I think I kinda do.

The urgency behind their movements reached almost a fevered pitch until he broke their kiss and leaned his forehead against hers. His breath came in heavy pants, and Mayan’s let out a small giggle she couldn’t hold back.

“I missed you,” he said, his voice deep and husky.

Okay, there were quite a few good kiss scenes in this book. I mean, all of them were good. But I do like this one a lot, that last line especially got to me. Like, squee! How are you supposed to resist a voice like that?

Giveaway

Enter to win one of 2 gift packages which include

  • a signed hardcover of THE SEVENTH SUN by Lani Forbes
  • a Worry Doll
  • a button
  • a bookmark.

This is open to U.S. and Canada only. Ends: 26th of February 2020

Check out other posts on the blog tour.

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