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Six royal daughters vie to become empress of the Chicome people in a competition only one will survive
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.
A Note From the Publisher
“Lani Forbes delivers lush storytelling, vivid characters, and heart-pounding drama in her compelling debut novel, The Seventh Sun. Featuring ancient civilizations, mythologies, noble families, and obsidian daggers, The Seventh Sun will keep readers fully immersed in the rich cultural experience of the Chicome people. Lani Forbes now joins Leigh Bardugo and Alwyn Hamilton in the ranks of the most talented fantasy authors of today.”
-Margo Kelly, award-winning author of Who R U Really? and Unlocked
“This vivid, historic tale will transport readers to an ancient culture and, along the way, will capture their hearts, as well.”
-Merrie Destefano, award-winning author of Valiant
“With a blazing-hot romance and a world that rises and sets with Aztec and Mayan legends, Lani Forbes delivers a story as majestic as the sun itself.”
-Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow
“The Seventh Sun dazzles as debut author Lani Forbes weaves a rich, complex supernatural world. Exhilarating new love coupled with deep betrayal plays out against the endless, ominous demand for ritual blood. Mayana, a princess who controls the water, has caught the eye of Ahkin, a prince who controls the sun; together they can make something as beautiful as a rainbow. Deadly forces in the kingdom of Chicome propel the novel to its terrifying climax. This book caught me from the start and refused to let go!”
-Alane Ferguson, Edgar Allan Poe Award winner and author of over thirty novels
“With this rich and compelling debut, Lani Forbes has created a vivid world that truly stands out among the rest. Compulsively readable, I was instantly caught up by the intrigue of Ahkin and Mayana’s world and didn’t want to leave. Clear your schedule. You won’t want to put this one down.”
-Rachel A. Marks, author of Fire and Bone and the Dark Cycle Trilogy
“With a rich world and even richer characters, Lani’s The Seventh Sun will pull you in and keep you wanting more.”
-Kara Barbieri, author of the Permafrost series
“In The Seventh Sun, six girls enter, but only one will leave alive. With intriguing magic, a merciless and ancient storyworld, and a brave heroine who is determined not to compromise, Lani Forbes has written a compelling debut. I cheered for Mayana both as she fought to survive and as she tried to win the emperor’s heart. Readers will be clamoring for the sequel.”
-Jill Williamson, award-winning author of By Darkness Hid
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