I’ll admit, this was an impulsive NetGalley request (which was accepted in exchange for an honest review). I fell for the cover (again) but was a bit apprehensive about the summary. For me, books with princes and princesses are always hit or miss, and I really didn’t want to be disappointed by such a pretty book. I decided to risk it and boy did that risk seriously pay off.
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.
Everything in this book is so vivid! The author created such a beautiful world for this story, and the magic really enhanced the natural beauty of the elements and animals in this book. The fast-paced nature of the story combined with the rich imagery made it so I couldn’t stop turning the pages.
The characters were all pretty well-developed. That being said, although I liked their chemistry together, Ahkin and Mayana’s relationship developed way too quickly for my liking. I understand that within the context of the story it was bound to happen, but I also wish there had been a bit more to it.
I really loved that the princesses were all unique and individually developed. They all have their own story and we get to see snippets of them throughout the book. Their backgrounds leave room for more interesting developments in future books.
The way the legends and history of the Aztec and Maya people are woven into this book is amazing. The author seems to have done her research and I love how she treated the role of sacrifices in their religion. Drawing from these legends and history made the story more vivid and I would really like to learn more about them.
The feeling you get while reading this book is wonderful. The lore draws you in, he characters are dynamic, the plot is twisted, and everything feels so descriptive. I’m really looking forward to seeing how the plot and characters develop in the second book. The author ends The Seventh Sun with so many possibilities, I can’t wait!