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To the Chicome people, an eclipse is a time of terror. When darkness falls, the barrier separating the heavens and the earth becomes unstable. Then come the ravening Tzitzimime--the star demons who thirst for human blood. Mayana and Ahkin know the full extent of the coming danger, but they must gather support or the Chicome Empire is doomed. As the eclipse nears, many maneu To the Chicome people, an eclipse is a time of terror. When darkness falls, the barrier separating the heavens and the earth becomes unstable. Then come the ravening Tzitzimime--the star demons who thirst for human blood. Mayana and Ahkin know the full extent of the coming danger, but they must gather support or the Chicome Empire is doomed. As the eclipse nears, many maneuver for power in this deadly game of worlds ending. Metzi, Ahkin's treacherous sister, has seized control of the empire with the aid of the malevolent goddess known as the Obsidian Butterfly. But Metzi has no idea what the goddess has in store... Yemania and Ochix face the wrath of both their peoples. Their forbidden liaison may draw ancient enemies together... or rip the young lovers apart forever. And the princesses who battled fiercely for Ahkin's heart in The Seventh Sun meet again--but this time, they must join forces in order to survive. As for Ahkin and Mayana, the entire empire seems to want to keep them apart. Can their love endure the end of the world?


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To the Chicome people, an eclipse is a time of terror. When darkness falls, the barrier separating the heavens and the earth becomes unstable. Then come the ravening Tzitzimime--the star demons who thirst for human blood. Mayana and Ahkin know the full extent of the coming danger, but they must gather support or the Chicome Empire is doomed. As the eclipse nears, many maneu To the Chicome people, an eclipse is a time of terror. When darkness falls, the barrier separating the heavens and the earth becomes unstable. Then come the ravening Tzitzimime--the star demons who thirst for human blood. Mayana and Ahkin know the full extent of the coming danger, but they must gather support or the Chicome Empire is doomed. As the eclipse nears, many maneuver for power in this deadly game of worlds ending. Metzi, Ahkin's treacherous sister, has seized control of the empire with the aid of the malevolent goddess known as the Obsidian Butterfly. But Metzi has no idea what the goddess has in store... Yemania and Ochix face the wrath of both their peoples. Their forbidden liaison may draw ancient enemies together... or rip the young lovers apart forever. And the princesses who battled fiercely for Ahkin's heart in The Seventh Sun meet again--but this time, they must join forces in order to survive. As for Ahkin and Mayana, the entire empire seems to want to keep them apart. Can their love endure the end of the world?

30 review for The Obsidian Butterfly

  1. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    after a sequel that i found to be very much filler, i was hopeful that this concluding installment could bring the story back to what i loved so much in the beginning. i will say it was nice to have the characters reunited again. and even though i could predict how the story would end, it was interesting to see which events got the characters to that final point. that being said, i did feel like the book dragged. which is odd because its pretty jam-packed with a lot going on, but it just seemed t after a sequel that i found to be very much filler, i was hopeful that this concluding installment could bring the story back to what i loved so much in the beginning. i will say it was nice to have the characters reunited again. and even though i could predict how the story would end, it was interesting to see which events got the characters to that final point. that being said, i did feel like the book dragged. which is odd because its pretty jam-packed with a lot going on, but it just seemed to take forever, which caused some personal disconnect to the story. but while i wasnt quite head over heels in love with this conclusion, it is a very apt finale to the series and consistent with the story arc overall. i think a lot of readers will enjoy how everything is wrapped up and feel like it does the characters justice. the epilogue is actually quite lovely, so it was nice to end on such a sweet note! many thanks to blackstone publishing for the ARC! ↠ 3.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    4/5 stars I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review. *Spoilers ahead for books 1 and 2 in this series* This book picks up right where book 2 left off. Mayana and Ahkin find themselves in enemy territory after escaping Xibalba where they find Yemania and Ochix. An eclipse will take place soon, temporarily leaving the barrier between the heavens and the earth unstable. Star demons are desperate to escape and feed on the humans on the earth below. As time runs out, 4/5 stars I received an ARC of this book, and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review. *Spoilers ahead for books 1 and 2 in this series* This book picks up right where book 2 left off. Mayana and Ahkin find themselves in enemy territory after escaping Xibalba where they find Yemania and Ochix. An eclipse will take place soon, temporarily leaving the barrier between the heavens and the earth unstable. Star demons are desperate to escape and feed on the humans on the earth below. As time runs out, Mayana, Ahkin, Yemania, Ochix, and the other princesses have to find a way to save humanity. I enjoyed this conclusion to the Age of the Seventh Sun series! I did have some issues with it (which I will get to), but overall I was satisfied with the ending! I liked that the characters were reunited in this book, including the princesses from book one. We get to learn a little more about them which was nice! I also thoroughly enjoyed the banter between Ahkin and Ochix! Yemania's character growth was excellent, and I thought she was one of the best characters in this book! While this book mostly around politics and action, I still enjoyed the romance between Ahkin and Mayana, as well as Yemania and Ochix. There were some love triangle-ish things that drove me slightly crazy, but I did like the romance in this book overall! There were a few things about this book that bothered me. The main thing was how the first 60-70% of this book was essentially about the politics of the Chicome empire. It was frustrating to read through, especially after the faster pace of the first two books. Mayana also got on my nerves a lot, mostly toward the end. The timeline got a little confusing as the POVs would change. However, the last 20-30% of the book had more action, and the ending was done well! The epilogue was probably my favorite part! It did a great job wrapping up the entire series. The Seventh Sun remains my favorite book in this series, but I do like the series as a whole. It has been a pleasure watching over the journey of these characters, and I am glad I saw it through to the end! Content: blood sacrifices, animal sacrifices, violence, death, some minor language

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaffa To Read&

    Omg finally!!!!!!!!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ana-Maria Derzsi

    ◦ I've received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ◦ The story is being told from multiple pov’s which gives you so many perspectives of the same event. There were also a couple of moments that I’m pretty sure made me hold my breath because the suspense was so intense. There was so much more action in this book, so many events taking place once after the other and there was no dull moment. And I really enjoyed the pace of the book. There were also a couple of tropes that I’ve fo ◦ I've received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ◦ The story is being told from multiple pov’s which gives you so many perspectives of the same event. There were also a couple of moments that I’m pretty sure made me hold my breath because the suspense was so intense. There was so much more action in this book, so many events taking place once after the other and there was no dull moment. And I really enjoyed the pace of the book. There were also a couple of tropes that I’ve found to be enjoying lately, such as: found family, fighting for what you believe in, doing the right thing even tho you’ve got a whole world against you. The subject related to religion and believing in what’s right I found it interesting it wasn’t as if something was forced on you – even tho almost a whole world was against Mayana and her beliefs eventually they were right and have chosen the right thing and really enjoyed that subject. The magic system in my opinion is very unique, they do use blood as a sacrifice but their own blood is what is magic and can be used from healing to manipulating the sun. There are also some animal sacrifices mentioned but this time they aren’t that descriptive to make them a trigger but they’re mentioned. I enjoyed a lot of the subjects the book has touched including embracing death or sharing the pain with someone else and knowing you’re not alone through it The book contains a variety of diverse ancient Mesoamerican influences for its settings and mythology and I really loved this part in the story, my imagination was going wild and everything was like a movie inside my head. I am sad and happy at the same time. I am sad to see the story coming to an end but happy for having the chance to read the 3rd and last book on this world. It’s been a great adventure. Follow me on my social media for more than just reviews: Instagram BookBub Reedsy Blog Facebook

  5. 5 out of 5

    Verity Brown

    A thrilling conclusion This series really needs to be made into a movie or TV series. Or perhaps an anime. My mind was definitely illustrating the final battle in anime style. Everything in this volume comes together pretty nearly perfectly, with dual parts of hope and despair. It was also fun to have the princesses brought back together to carry out a vital task. The only thing I didn't love was the Disneyesque resolution of the plot. Not that it wasn't a fitting ending (it definitely was!), but A thrilling conclusion This series really needs to be made into a movie or TV series. Or perhaps an anime. My mind was definitely illustrating the final battle in anime style. Everything in this volume comes together pretty nearly perfectly, with dual parts of hope and despair. It was also fun to have the princesses brought back together to carry out a vital task. The only thing I didn't love was the Disneyesque resolution of the plot. Not that it wasn't a fitting ending (it definitely was!), but that I, like Princess Yoli (my favorite of the princesses), prefer things a little darker.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Makayla Woods

    I can't believe this is the end!!! I am so emotional drained. The themes in this series cut so deep in my life! Never give up, was my favorite theme is this book. I loved Ochix and Ahkin's bromance!!! I am already planning to reread the series!!! If you like this series then I suggest: The Bone Grace series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series The Tiger's Curse series The Daughter of Smoke & Bone series I can't believe this is the end!!! I am so emotional drained. The themes in this series cut so deep in my life! Never give up, was my favorite theme is this book. I loved Ochix and Ahkin's bromance!!! I am already planning to reread the series!!! If you like this series then I suggest: The Bone Grace series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series The Tiger's Curse series The Daughter of Smoke & Bone series

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ceres95

    First of all, let's talk about this cover, it’s absolutely beautiful, like all the other covers of the trilogy. Then, if you haven't read the first two books, what are you waiting for? This series is great, you will find action, adventure, love, friendship, betrayal and Gods. Last but not least, Lani Forbes is a talented author and she is fighting against the disease. By buying her books you help her and if you want to do more there is also a Go Fund Me campaign. Let's talk about this last book, we First of all, let's talk about this cover, it’s absolutely beautiful, like all the other covers of the trilogy. Then, if you haven't read the first two books, what are you waiting for? This series is great, you will find action, adventure, love, friendship, betrayal and Gods. Last but not least, Lani Forbes is a talented author and she is fighting against the disease. By buying her books you help her and if you want to do more there is also a Go Fund Me campaign. Let's talk about this last book, we find Ahkin and Mayana who managed to get out of the Underworld, unfortunately they are made prisoner by Ochix's father. The goddess called the Obsidian Butterfly acquires much more power and even if her plans are thwarted at times, with the help of Metzi and Ochix's father she achieves her goals. I love all the main characters in this book, Mayana has a hard time understanding Ometeotl's decisions but in the end she will understand why Ometeotl has done all this. Ahkin is beginning to emancipate himself and understand that the Emperor is him and that he doesn't have to listen to the advice of his advisors. I love Yemania and Ochix, they are both adorable and frankly they both have father issues. As far as the other princesses go, they are absolutely great too. I really enjoyed this last book and the entire trilogy, I had murderous urges at times on some of the characters. The parents and counselors are truly vile beings. I hope with all my heart that we will get more stories from Lani Forbes because she has a real gift for telling them and taking us to another time. Quick Word: A trilogy to read urgently.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rashmi Menon

    I have been waiting for the final book in The Seventh Sun series ever since I finished reading The Jade Bones (book 2). The Jade Bones set up the premise for The Obsidian Butterfly beautifully with Mayana-Ahkin trek through Xibalba and Yemenia-Ochix relationship. In the culmination of the series, all four of them find themselves and the remaining Princesses from the first book thrown together in what feels like an impossible challenge. I loved the beginning of the book and how it set up for all I have been waiting for the final book in The Seventh Sun series ever since I finished reading The Jade Bones (book 2). The Jade Bones set up the premise for The Obsidian Butterfly beautifully with Mayana-Ahkin trek through Xibalba and Yemenia-Ochix relationship. In the culmination of the series, all four of them find themselves and the remaining Princesses from the first book thrown together in what feels like an impossible challenge. I loved the beginning of the book and how it set up for all these characters to get together again. The. Book does drag a bit in the middle and some of the “challenges” these characters face feels repetitive and highly predictable. I understand the authors was trying to up the tense moments but it was done so often that every time a character said that they were going to do something you knew that they were going to fail and that it was going to drag on for a bit before the deed is done or plans change altogether. I would’ve liked the book a lot better, if some parts of these challenges were edited out and the book was shorter thereby making the pacing tighter and faster. I did enjoy the finale, and how the author tied up everything, bringing all the issues to the ending to tie up the loose ends. My fav characters since book 2 has been Yemania and Ochix and that remains true in this book as well. I did not like the portrayal of Coatl’s character-he was made to look too weak and useless in this book. I wished the author had given him something more to do. Metzi was wonderful as a strong opponent although she did make some questionable decisions towards the end. Overall, the book did make for an interesting read as the culmination of a series. The best part was the sweet epilogue at the end that leaves you feeling full and satisfied. I give it 3.5 stars for the book and 4 stars for the series. Thank you to NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I had the privilege of being a first reader on this final book of The Age of the Seven Sun series. And it did not disappoint!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zai Bell

    This series hand picks the deities of the Mexica (Aztec) and Maya, and then repurposes their history and legends while using the deities' very names to tell Mayana's quest to change the very core belief of the religion, sacrifice. In the acknowledgements the author admits that her personal faith is so strong it of course bleeds out in the writing. This is beautiful for a person of faith, except when choosing to write about another's religion--especially multiple religions (the Mexica and Mayas d This series hand picks the deities of the Mexica (Aztec) and Maya, and then repurposes their history and legends while using the deities' very names to tell Mayana's quest to change the very core belief of the religion, sacrifice. In the acknowledgements the author admits that her personal faith is so strong it of course bleeds out in the writing. This is beautiful for a person of faith, except when choosing to write about another's religion--especially multiple religions (the Mexica and Mayas did worship different deities). There were moments of interesting political intrigue. I adored Yemina and Ochix. At the end of this series I cannot say that an an unbiased, well researched, story was told with respect to the indigenous cultures-- one that is still alive--and their history and belief. I cannot in good conscious recommend this to readers looking for a series that is a good representation of Pre-Columbian Meso-America. I cannot help but end this by stating that a group of farmers were simply referred to as "peasants" multiple time and never people. Once they reached their destination, the peasants were forgotten and never mentioned again. Thank you net galley for providing this series in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    P.E. Owens

    An epic story that you'll wonder at being a historical fiction. I have loved this story from the moment I found out it was a fantasy novel with Mesoamerican influences and mythology. There have many series that start well and end in frustration, but this series ending delivered in so many way and this 3rd and final book to the Age of the Seventh Sun series was no different. Rightfully so, Mayana goes through more than a few stages of grief for her beloved Ona, and rather quickly, as the story ope An epic story that you'll wonder at being a historical fiction. I have loved this story from the moment I found out it was a fantasy novel with Mesoamerican influences and mythology. There have many series that start well and end in frustration, but this series ending delivered in so many way and this 3rd and final book to the Age of the Seventh Sun series was no different. Rightfully so, Mayana goes through more than a few stages of grief for her beloved Ona, and rather quickly, as the story opens. She and Ahkin have narrowly escaped the their ordeal from book 2 and have a lot to accomplish in a short period of time. Only problem is, they haven't exactly exited the afterlife into a garden of Eden. They've been spat out in the lands of their enemy and delivered to them on a platter. Much like all their problems, they faced it together and they were all the braver and successful for it. In fact, this theme revolves around much of the ties that bind the characters in this book: between lovers, friends, enemies, & gods. Trust, love, and loyalty become the saviors of the day and no one is the exemption... Well, maybe a winged celestial a few of her skeletal astro cronies. There is also a level of importance on selflessness that should not go unremarked upon. Relationships are hard and the couples that survive beyond this story know the true meaning of being a duality. This book is packed full of love, friendship, laughter, mythology, hard lessons learned, patience, sacrifice, bravery, trust, and an unexpected happily ever after against mounting odds. I truly felt entertained and an emotional reck by the end of this novel. There were a few scenes that had the nasty habit of dragging on, and it was a bit a pressure point at how many times Ahkin mentioned "the plan" to various people, and I also thought there were turnarounds for characters (*clears throat, Mayana's father) that were a bit too quick to the point of unbelief, even despite the reasoning for said turnaround. Also, despite the feeling of a rushed ending (coming to right conclusion in regards to beating the enemy far too swift in a moment of clarity, when the build to it was so lengthy), the author did a tremendous job of wrapping up all aspects of the story. The epilogue was also divine and felt tailored by The Mother herself. A big thank you to Blackstone Publishing for the ARC!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Anderson

    This was a great conclusion to The Age of the Seventh Sun series. I really enjoyed the storyline of each book and the authors use of multiple povs made it a fast paced read. The Obsidian Butterfly is close to making her move. With the blood of either Ahkin or Metzi, she can return to earth with her star demons and devour all of the Chicome people. The story picks right back up from where the second books ends with Ahkin and Mayana escaping Xibalba and walking straight into the Miquitz territory This was a great conclusion to The Age of the Seventh Sun series. I really enjoyed the storyline of each book and the authors use of multiple povs made it a fast paced read. The Obsidian Butterfly is close to making her move. With the blood of either Ahkin or Metzi, she can return to earth with her star demons and devour all of the Chicome people. The story picks right back up from where the second books ends with Ahkin and Mayana escaping Xibalba and walking straight into the Miquitz territory where they are captured and held to be used as sacrifices for The Obsidian Butterfly. With the help of Ochix, the death prince, Ahkin and Mayana manage to escape. Once reunited with Yemenia, the four of them, along with some other captured Chicome, make their way to Millacatl to seek support for Ahkin's return and claim as emperor. Once there, Ahkin learns the only way to secure Millacatl's support is to marry their princess, Teniza. Knowing they need Millacatl's army for the upcoming battle against The Obsidian Butterfly and to regain his right as emperor, Ahkin agrees the marry a reluctant Teniza. Once back at Tollan, our main characters find themselves separated once again. Mayana, Yemenia, and the other princesses start their journey of collecting the storm princess, Itza, and going to the Caves of Creation to resurrect the bones of Quetzalcoatl. Ahkin must convince his counsel and the armies not to go to war with Ehecatl. He needs to find a way to speak with the Lord of Ehecatl and convince him help him defeat the star demons that are bound to be released if Metzi's blood is used. Ochix is tasked with taking a small force to Miquitz to rescue Metzi. While their storyline's overlap occasionally, for most of the story, Mayana and Ahkin are separated. It is as if everything is against them being together. I wish they had more opportunities to fight together like they did in The Jade Bones. In this book, it felt like they were each sacrificing one thing after the other and they were both losing faith in their ability to be together. It wasn't until the end of the novel that we really got to see them support each other together and fight for what they believed in. I also wish we would've gotten to see more of Ochix and Yemenia together. They were a fun couple to see in The Jade Bones and in The Obsidian Butterfly they were together in the beginning and the end and there was still not a lot of interactions. Overall, I loved the trilogy. I appreciate that we got the different povs because it made it feel like something was always happening. The storyline is very plot driven. I also loved the way everything wrapped up at the end for all of the main characters as well as the other princesses.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bookish

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was waiting for this book for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first 2 books. I've always been intrigued by Mayan and Incan culture and the heritage sites are places I hope to visit someday. So reading a series based on ancient South American/Mesoamerican culture was very interesting. The cover is so pretty! Some parts of the novel (like the characters repeatedly getting kidnapped or arrested and having their plans derailed) felt repetitive. After the first few times, it felt like I was waiting for this book for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first 2 books. I've always been intrigued by Mayan and Incan culture and the heritage sites are places I hope to visit someday. So reading a series based on ancient South American/Mesoamerican culture was very interesting. The cover is so pretty! Some parts of the novel (like the characters repeatedly getting kidnapped or arrested and having their plans derailed) felt repetitive. After the first few times, it felt like they were there just to make the story longer and act as fillers. A lot could have been cut down. And more could have been added. The journeys could have been described in greater detail. It felt like they left one place and then reached another after just a few hours despite traveling for days across an entire kingdom. The ending felt a little anticlimactic..Taking down the Butterfly should have been more than just a battle of wills, imo. I felt sorry for Metzi and feel like she should have gotten a better redemption arc. I did like seeing the politics play out. We got to see the city states and their leaders and the war was described well. The princesses and the camaraderie they developed was awesome. Ochix and Akhin's relationship was humorous to watch. The multiple povs were a nice touch too. I think Mayana forgave her father too quickly considering how nasty he was to her for her entire life (but hey the guy died so 🤷‍♀️) I could have done without the epilogue, as cute as it was. But it's okay I guess. All in all, I loved this story and would definitely recommend it. 👌

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ayre

    Mayana and Ahkin have escaped from the underworld and Ahkin plans to reclaim his thrown with Mayana, the love of his life by his side. Except things dont go as planned when people aren't accepting of change. Unfortunately I had some problems with the conclusion to this series. I still think its good; surface level good. The premise of a YA Fantasy Romance with a Mesoamerican cultural inspiration instead of typical European based settings was EXCELENT. This particular book heavily involved politi Mayana and Ahkin have escaped from the underworld and Ahkin plans to reclaim his thrown with Mayana, the love of his life by his side. Except things dont go as planned when people aren't accepting of change. Unfortunately I had some problems with the conclusion to this series. I still think its good; surface level good. The premise of a YA Fantasy Romance with a Mesoamerican cultural inspiration instead of typical European based settings was EXCELENT. This particular book heavily involved politics and battles, making it pretty boring when the first book started out as the bachelor with deadly consequences. I struggled a lot with the timeline of the dual narratives as the timeline seemed to overlap when it shouldn't. My last complaint could be due to the horrible formatting of the ARC copy that I read but the perspective would swap characters/locations almost mid sentence making following the story extremely confusing. Overall I'd still recommend this series to YA Fantasy readers for the setting and magic system alone, just go into it realizing it has its flaws. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to leave this review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tori Meade

    This was an amazing and emotional conclusion to the Age of the Seventh Sun trilogy. I am kinda sad that no more stories will come out with Mayana & Ahkin, or Yemania & Ochix, however Lani did an amazing job with this book. You will not be disappointed, we still get romance, action and of course YA drama. I really enjoyed the different POVs when reading this book, it really helped me understand more, being able to see the different POVs of each character while they walked on their path. Lani wrot This was an amazing and emotional conclusion to the Age of the Seventh Sun trilogy. I am kinda sad that no more stories will come out with Mayana & Ahkin, or Yemania & Ochix, however Lani did an amazing job with this book. You will not be disappointed, we still get romance, action and of course YA drama. I really enjoyed the different POVs when reading this book, it really helped me understand more, being able to see the different POVs of each character while they walked on their path. Lani wrote this book so that you got to see a lot of what the characters think and feel and as a reader you can really understand. I know I have found myself warring with myself in my head a few times in my life. I did have one small thing that might have caused me to rate this lower than 5 stars, there were a few parts in the book that I felt dragged on a bit, however, the whole story together was a 5-star read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves trilogies, YA books, romance & action, and mythology

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Water and light make a rainbow A nonstop ride from start to finish! There’s no plot filler here, and we hit the ground running. All your favorite characters from the previous installments are back and ready for action as Metzi and the Obsidian Butterfly team up for some hardcore world domination. Once again, I loved the author’s note at the end which provided greater cultural context into the events of the book and what they were inspired by. I’ve been dipping into Mesoamerican mythology as a com Water and light make a rainbow A nonstop ride from start to finish! There’s no plot filler here, and we hit the ground running. All your favorite characters from the previous installments are back and ready for action as Metzi and the Obsidian Butterfly team up for some hardcore world domination. Once again, I loved the author’s note at the end which provided greater cultural context into the events of the book and what they were inspired by. I’ve been dipping into Mesoamerican mythology as a companion to this novel, and the traditions and beliefs on display are an intellectual delight. The epilogue was an abrupt change, but I liked the tone it set overall. There are plenty of plot holes throughout to ignore, and you should for the sake of the adventure and a unique story richly dressed in a non European background for once. It was nice to see this series maintain its tone and momentum to stick the landing—a feat that’s tripped up many an author. My thanks to Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for a free ARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    What I liked: The Age of the Seventh Sun is an exciting series that takes the beliefs of ancient times, such as having to perform a ritual to raise the sun and placing a character to challenge tradition. Ahkin is vital in all three books in his determination that the sacrifices made to increase the sun are unnecessary. It is to believe it took three books for that fact to be proven true. This book is packed full of love, friendship, laughter, mythology, hard lessons, patience, sacrifice, bravery, What I liked: The Age of the Seventh Sun is an exciting series that takes the beliefs of ancient times, such as having to perform a ritual to raise the sun and placing a character to challenge tradition. Ahkin is vital in all three books in his determination that the sacrifices made to increase the sun are unnecessary. It is to believe it took three books for that fact to be proven true. This book is packed full of love, friendship, laughter, mythology, hard lessons, patience, sacrifice, bravery, trust, and unexpected happily ever after. Final Verdict: At the end of the book, the author's note provides greater cultural context into the events that inspired the story. She admits that while the world and characters she created are fantasy, they are pulled from actual life events and religions. The pacing of this final book did seem weighted down by the political discussion in the first half of the book, but the conclusion was satisfactory and echoed more of what the first book had.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    An Epic conclusion to one of the most exciting trilogies I have read so far in YA fiction. All the characters that we meet in book two and one come together for the battle of their lifetime. Insecurities and betrayal come back tenfold, but each character gets their true desserts in the end. There was only one disappointing thing about this book and it was a brief something that seems to pop up in almost all secular YA fiction nowadays. The fact that this author was able to put this trilogy down i An Epic conclusion to one of the most exciting trilogies I have read so far in YA fiction. All the characters that we meet in book two and one come together for the battle of their lifetime. Insecurities and betrayal come back tenfold, but each character gets their true desserts in the end. There was only one disappointing thing about this book and it was a brief something that seems to pop up in almost all secular YA fiction nowadays. The fact that this author was able to put this trilogy down into print all while battling cancer is a testament to the legacy that she is leaving behind in these words. Knowing that this book was published right after her passing makes the end more bittersweet, but I will be coming back to these words again someday. Thank you, Lani, for this amazing world you made. Rest In Peace.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Belen

    This last book was intense. It did feel a little cramped to fit everything in. But I actually enjoyed the back and forth of the scenes. Jumping from Mayana to Ahkin to Ochix to the daughters. Hearing the point of view of each path that they were each were on. Having Metzi be seen as powerful even through her downfall was such a good scene. I really enjoyed how the thoughts of their mind became the story line. The fighting that happened inside their heads and how they responded outwardly. It’s si This last book was intense. It did feel a little cramped to fit everything in. But I actually enjoyed the back and forth of the scenes. Jumping from Mayana to Ahkin to Ochix to the daughters. Hearing the point of view of each path that they were each were on. Having Metzi be seen as powerful even through her downfall was such a good scene. I really enjoyed how the thoughts of their mind became the story line. The fighting that happened inside their heads and how they responded outwardly. It’s similar to what every human does. Fighting with thoughts in our head and choosing how to react to them. Highly recommend to read this series. Going to be sent out to some of my friends/family.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hira Chaudhary

    I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I really loved this conclusion to the series! I loved getting in all our main characters' heads and seeing how they're dealing with everything that they've face and are still facing, and how they all came together to finally bring the truth to their people sand save them all. I loved the friendship between Mayana, Ahkin, Yemania, and Ochix, and how the four of them trusted each other and worked together to sav I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I really loved this conclusion to the series! I loved getting in all our main characters' heads and seeing how they're dealing with everything that they've face and are still facing, and how they all came together to finally bring the truth to their people sand save them all. I loved the friendship between Mayana, Ahkin, Yemania, and Ochix, and how the four of them trusted each other and worked together to save everyone. I adored Ahkin and Ochix working together, they were so funny and great together. I really loved all the princesses coming together again and how they worked to save everyone. They were all so great, and I wish we could have spent more time getting to know them more over the course of the series. This was a grand ending to a grand series, and I loved how Mayana and Ahkin found their way back to each other, how after everything they've been through, the finally get to be happy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    So beautiful, so magnificent. For those that don’t know, Lani actually passed away from her epic battle with cancer 2 weeks prior to the release of this book. It was very emotional for me to finish this book, as I’ve been following her and her writing journey since the beginning of this series. Lani’s love for life, God, love, and the power of story is extremely evident in this entire series. It was a gripping and fitting conclusion. From the first page to the epilogue and everything in-between So beautiful, so magnificent. For those that don’t know, Lani actually passed away from her epic battle with cancer 2 weeks prior to the release of this book. It was very emotional for me to finish this book, as I’ve been following her and her writing journey since the beginning of this series. Lani’s love for life, God, love, and the power of story is extremely evident in this entire series. It was a gripping and fitting conclusion. From the first page to the epilogue and everything in-between I felt honored to partake in the art Lani gave us before going to be with Jesus in heaven.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    The story holds up through book 3 and I very much respect the author for ending the story instead of just setting up for the next trilogy. This book follows through to the climax of good versus evil. Gods and humans always caught in rivalries, jealousies, and power. The group explores finding their own voices, gifts and the confidence to use them. They tear down preconceived notions to explore how life can be different when we move the artificial constraints put in place to hold people through f The story holds up through book 3 and I very much respect the author for ending the story instead of just setting up for the next trilogy. This book follows through to the climax of good versus evil. Gods and humans always caught in rivalries, jealousies, and power. The group explores finding their own voices, gifts and the confidence to use them. They tear down preconceived notions to explore how life can be different when we move the artificial constraints put in place to hold people through fear or intimidation. A good story. I'll look for more from this author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lorena

    I deeply disliked the first book, it didn’t have much substance until the final few pages The second book was better but I mainly keep reaching because Yemanias storyline was so rich The third book left me in awe. The moment I started reading I couldn’t put it done until I finished and the ending, I can’t explain how it made me feel but it was such a beautiful and bittersweet ending This series got better and better which each book and I will definitely be re reading it again

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha McEnhimer

    A decent end to a good trilogy. There was a lot going on and a few too many characters to keep up with for my taste, but I definitely wanted to finish it and I will absolutely be looking out for Lani Forbes next book. A decent end to a good trilogy. There was a lot going on and a few too many characters to keep up with for my taste, but I definitely wanted to finish it and I will absolutely be looking out for Lani Forbes next book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an eARC if this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved the character dynamics more than anything else in this book. The bromance between Ochix and Ahkin, the bond between the primcesses, and the romances- it was all perfect. The pacing felt a little disjointed at times but I overslept really enjoyed the conclusion to this series. Full review to come.

  26. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    Worth the wait. The complexity of the relationships and the challenges the characters face, make for an engrossing read. Plenty of tight situations that curl ones toes. The final confrontation, though bloody, is satisfying and the epilogue is perfect.

  27. 5 out of 5

    J.J. Leach

    Bravo! Such a wonderful end to a thrilling ride! Great writing, excellent story and a beautiful ending!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    An amazing and emotional conclusion to the Age of the Seventh Sun trilogy. One of the best fantasy series I've read to date! Highly recommended to all YA fantasy fans! An amazing and emotional conclusion to the Age of the Seventh Sun trilogy. One of the best fantasy series I've read to date! Highly recommended to all YA fantasy fans!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Signature

    Great Saga Made me smile. Definitely worth investing in this mythos. I could see every scene and lived every character. Awesome work.

  30. 4 out of 5

    PencilKnot

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