Lani Forbes, the author of the award-winning fantasy series Age of the Seventh Sun, died last week in Boise, Idaho. She was 35.
Her death was announced in a press release from her publisher, Blackstone, who said she had battled neuroendocrine cancer. Forbes, the daughter of a surfer and librarian, worked as a trauma therapist, treating women who had been abused by their partners. her first book, the seventh sun, was published in 2020; the sequel in the series, The Jade Bonescame out the following year.
The last book in her trilogy, The Obsidian Butterfly† is scheduled to be published next week. In a one-star review, a critic of Kirkus calls the novel “a page-turner from start to finish” and “a heartwarming, soul-stirring and truly satisfying end to the cycle.”
in a essay published last November in Publishers Weeklywrote Forbes about her battle with cancer.
“I choose to keep writing, to keep creating in light of my cancer diagnosis, because it brings me joy,” she wrote. “It gives me a sense of purpose, a sense of connection with the world around me. It makes me feel like I’m contributing something of value and worth, something my kids can read and their mom see when I’m gone, whenever that may be.”
Forbes was remembered on social media by her admirers. Literary agent Samantha Wekstein wrote“Rest in peace @LaniForbes. You were so kind, so giving and such a rare talent. You will be missed.”
And author Elizabeth Van Tassel tweeted“Her light shone so brightly in every corner of the darkness. I can see her dancing by the ocean in the sky now. Pray for her young family and her GoFundMe is here†
A tribute to my dear friend author @LaniForbes who died today of cancer. Her light shone so brightly in every corner of the darkness. I see her now dancing by the ocean in the sky. Pray for her young family and her GoFundMe is here: pic.twitter.com/DVG8NgeYhF
— Elizabeth Van Tassel ????? (@ElizVanTassel) February 3, 2022
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.