I’m so excited today to share author friend, Emily Hayse’s new book! Seventh City is a gripping Alaskan-inspired fantasy that I could not put down! I’m sharing my full review down below, but first about the book!
“Let me tell you a story that happened so long ago that only the hills and rivers can remember the time . . . .”
All her life, thirteen-year-old Maki has heard tales of the legendary city of gold, buried deep in the northern frontier. But when her village is burned and her brother captured by cruel invaders, the legend becomes desperately real.
Armed with a wolf-dog and a heart of courage, Maki sets out on a journey that will demand all her strength and cunning. She is determined to bring her brother home at all costs. Yet as her quest leads her deep into a wilderness of ancient dangers, Maki realizes that even for her, some prices are too high to pay.
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“Have you heard of a place called Inik Katsuk?” The world seems to have gone quiet again.
Inik Katsuk, the Seventh City.
“Have you seen it?”
“I have only heard of it in tales.”
“And do you believe them, these tales?”
It’s an Alaskan-inspired fantasy that is just brilliant as far as worldbuilding. The characters are all amazing, and Maki is such a little ball of fire that’s so loyal to family and her heritage. I could not put this book down!
From the wild landscapes and perilous moments where you weren’t sure if they were going to survive (hello new fear of orcas, I see you. XD), the legends and culture, the characters, and just everything!
I love Emily Hayse’s writing style in this one (a bit different from Crowning Heaven) but it flows so effortlessly and absolutely pulls you in to the story and refuses to let go.
You start to care about all the characters who all come from different backgrounds, and even though many start off as Maki’s enemies. Rutter and Ransom were probably my favorites, seconded by Jeremiah and Willow. I adore sibling stories, and loved Maki’s drive to save her brother Tsanu who was also pretty epic.
“I will bring him home,” I whisper defiantly.
So good, and as I kind of anticipated from the end of Crowning Heaven, the ending was a bit sad in places, but leaves you with this bittersweet feeling that makes everything still feel complete.
Highly recommended! I received an eARC from the author for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
EMILY HAYSE is a lover of log cabins, strong coffee, and the smell of old books. Her writing is fueled by good characters and a lifelong passion for storytelling. When she is not busy turning words into worlds, she can often be found baking, singing, or caring for one of the many dogs and horses in her life. She lives with her family in Michigan.
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Blog Tour Dates and Stops: August 20-30
August 20: Kickoff post: The Herosinger Blog emilyhayse.com
August 21: Guest Post: Down the Rabbit Hole: https://melodypersonetteauthor.blogspot.com
August 22: Spotlight: Deborah O’Carroll https://thepagedreamer.wordpress.com/
August 23: Interview: My Lady Bibliophile http://ladybibliophile.blogspot.com
August 24: Guest Post: Rae Graham https://writerraegraham.com/blog/
August 25: Q&A: Ink Lizard/Liz Koetsier http://elizabethkoetsier.com/blog/
August 26: Spotlight/Review: Claire Banschbach https://clairembanschbach.com
August 27: Interview: Smudged Thoughts/Kenzie https://smudgedthoughts.wordpress.com
August 28: Review: Kaleigh Stroink http://kaleighsbookreviews.blogspot.com
August 29: Interview: Unicorn Quester/Laura A. Grace https://unicornquester.com/blog/
August 30: Review: Father’s Joy/Anne Rhys https://aaablogfathersjoy.wordpress.com
Ahh! Guys, definitely check this book out because it’s so fabulous. My paperback copy is coming in the mail, and I’m so excited to have it on my shelf!
What’s your favorite fantasy read this year?