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.
Thank you to Favourite Pages Book Club, Lani Forbes, and Blackstone Publishing for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. For the rest of the tour schedule please click here!
I was introduced to The Age of the Seventh Sun series at the beginning of 2021, and I am so happy that I was able to experience the first two books in this series. The world-building is astounding and I found that I cared a lot about Mayanna and Akin, even though Mayanna continues to tear my nerves up a little bit in the decisions she makes. This was a perfect follow-up to The Seventh Sun. In an effort not to spoil any of the story, The Jade Bones picks right up where The Seventh Sun left off. Mayanna and Akin’s ordeal that they go through in the second book had me constantly worried for their safety. The writing allowed you to really feel what the characters were feeling and it made you anxious to find out if the MCs were going to survive or not. I also felt like the added POV to The Jade Bones really makes the story come full circle. You have a wider perspective of what’s going on with all of our MCs while they are in significantly different places.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in lore and mythology. This read was painful and fun at the same time and I cannot wait for the next book to arrive!
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Meet 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 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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