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The Jade Bones

Ever since I finished reading The Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes, I absolutely could not wait to read the next installment in The Age of the Seventh Sun. Sure enough, The Jade Bones was an incredible story that picked right up from The Seventh Sun where Mayanna and Akin must recover from a heart-wrenching betrayal as they journey through the underworld where they must learn to harness magic, courage, and trust in each other to test their strength before the eyes of the gods themselves.

Meanwhile, in the world above, readers now enter Yemania's POV who is elevated from a minor character to a major force to reckon with whose forbidden love for a certain Mequitz death warrior tests the foundations of their times. The switching POV perspectives enabled readers to truly immerse themselves in author Lani Forbes Mesoamerican inspired world and experience the culture of the times. If there is something that Forbes has a mastery over it's writing cliffhanger endings and, just like in The Seventh Sun, after finishing The Jade Bones, I can't wait for the next installment of the series.

The Age of the Seventh Sun is bringing forth times of action, fiery romance, and an immersive experience that will take readers through an incredible journey that shows the rise of a new era.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"The sun set in the world above, dying to the land of the living and beginning its journey through the land of the dead."

"She wanted to linger there, in that tender moment of allowing him to truly see her."

"It was hard to imagine the beauty of light and color when you are trapped in a world of darkness and shadow."

"Just as the sun's face made its appearance and bathed the plaza in fresh yellow light, Yemina ran down a row of stalls."


The Jade Bones (The Age of the Seventh Sun #2)

by Lani Forbes Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Release Date: February 16th 2021

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Cast into the underworld after an act of shattering betrayal, Mayana and Ahkin must overcome unimaginable odds if they are to return home and reclaim the throne of the Chicome. A river of blood and demons disguised as children are only two of the challenges standing in their way. Fortunately, they are not unequipped. Mayana’s royal blood controls the power of water, and Prince Ahkin wields the power of the sun itself. Ometeotl, the Mother goddess, provides them with other gifts—and an ominous warning that one of them may not survive. But can the goddess be trusted?

Back in the lands above, Mayana’s best friend, Yemania, has survived the empress selection ritual—but her next challenge may be more than she can bear. The new empress of the Chicome Empire demands she become High Healer. Yemania has no interest in serving in the palace; she wants to use her healing ability to help the common people. More than that, her heart is no longer her own. She has met an enchanting stranger—Ochix, one of the feared Miquitz people who are ancient enemies of the Chicome.

As Mayana and Ahkin move ever closer to confronting the lords of the dead, Yemania and Ochix must hide their forbidden romance or face the wrath of both their empires. Meanwhile, the new empress has made a dangerous alliance that might destroy everything they hold dear.

Four young people risk their lives to save the world from a looming apocalypse in this captivating sequel to The Seventh Sun. Based on ancient Mesoamerican legends and mythology, The Jade Bones is a compelling and romantic adventure that builds to a heart-stopping climax.



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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 former teacher turned trauma counselor, her passion is showing readers the transformative and encouraging power of story on the human experience. She helps others process anxiety, depression, and complex PTSD, both in her stories and in real life. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, Lani now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She is a proud nerd, Gryffindor, and member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.









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