What to expect

Four young people risk their lives to save the world from a looming apocalypse in this captivating sequel to The Seventh Sun.

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.

Based on ancient Mesoamerican legends and mythology, The Jade Bones is a compelling and romantic adventure that builds to a heart-stopping climax.

Critics Review

  • “If only writing intrigue, fantasy, adventure, and romance were as easy as Lani Forbes makes it look. Absolutely fantastic.”

    Devri Walls, author of the Venators series
  • “Second chances, first love…The sequel to The Seventh Sun is sure to enchant and thrill.”

    Olivia Wildenstein, USA Today bestselling author of Feather and Rose Petal Graves
  • “With underworld horrors, romantic betrayals, and epic storytelling, Lani Forbes’s The Jade Bones is a compelling and satisfying sequel to The Seventh Sun.”

    Margo Kelly, award-winning author of Who R U Really? and Unlocked
  • “Forbes sticks the landing once again…A fantastic second volume in this Mesoamerican-inspired fantasy series.”

    Justin Call, author of Master of Sorrows
  • “The young royals of Chicome face new threats while grappling with faith, identity, and their roles in the cosmic story…The common threads of life and death, sun and water worship blend well to make a rich tapestry on which to build a fantasy world…A mythical, magical, and introspective adventure that celebrates Mesoamerican heritage; more, please.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • The Jade Bones explores the lush, intricate world of the Mayan creation myth through characters who are as timeless as they are fresh. Mayana of Atl, Daughter of Water, undertakes a perilous journey through the dark Underworld alongside Ahkin, Prince of Light. Meanwhile, in the Overworld, Yamania, Daughter of Healing, battles to find her worth as she discovers love in the arms of a dangerous foe. Author Lani Forbes weaves a deeply emotional story of faith, duality, and the power of romantic hope in a time of brutal testing. Breathtaking in scope, this sequel to The Seventh Sun will leave readers clamoring for volume three!”

    Alane Ferguson, Edgar Allan Poe Award winner and author of over thirty novels

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