Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow

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When she accidentally releases the spirit of the Mayan god of death, he sends her on a life-changing journey to recover his throne in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525620754
Branch Call Number: FIC MOREN
Characteristics: 338 pages


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Jan 16, 2020

Beautiful writing--effortless to read and worth savoring the word craft while reading 'slowly'--as you would an excellent meal of your favorite foods. Extremely enjoyable. Give it as a gift to a reading companion.

JessicaGma Jan 09, 2020

This was a great read for many reasons - 1920s setting, took place in Mexico, a whole set of deities I was unfamiliar with, and lovely prose. It's a definite fairy tale, but so well measured and written. If you like Naomi Novik's new versions of fairy tales, this is a perfect pick for you.

Dec 28, 2019

This story is so lovely. True to Moreno-Garcia's Mexican roots in tone/prose and drawn-from-the-Popol-Vuh mythical context, this is a great story for anyone who likes fantasy, coming of age stories, and/or Mexico!

Nov 25, 2019

A Mayan fairy tale that weaves romance, magic, history and fascinating geographical details. Highly recommend for book clubs! (Good to read in ebook - since there are so many words to look up!)

takeclare Nov 16, 2019

In Jazz Age Mexico, a young woman named Casiopea Tun is living a life of oppressed servitude in the household of her tyrannical grandfather. Headstrong and brave, after opening a safe in his bedroom she frees an ancient dark lord of the Mayan underworld, and subsequently embarks upon a rollicking quest as the god's assistant. Rife with dualities and self discovery, 'Gods of Jade and Shadow' is fast-paced tale of light and dark, with moments of humour, romance, and the dark horrors of Xibalba. It'll appeal to those who enjoy a ripping yarn, folklore, magic and myth, alongside richly drawn characters.

Tigard_LisaE Nov 02, 2019

In 1920s Yucatan, Casiopea Tun is cruelly treated by a grandfather who took her and her mother in after her father died. She dreams of escaping her small town, but when she realizes her promised inheritance is not actually coming, she snoops in her grandfather's chest to collect it herself. She's surprised to find a pile of bones in the chest that fly out and assemble themselves into the figure of Han-Kamé, a Mayan god of death. The two embark on a quest to restore him to power and save her life, while her cowardly, desperate, and clueless cousin is in hot pursuit, with the assistance of Han-Kamé's brother/nemesis. With gorgeous prose, slow-burning romance, and integrated mythology and history, this books travels through Mexico, Arizona, Tijuana and Baja California. It's packed with fascinating, ethically ambiguous, magical characters. And sassy Casiopea is the star of the show. It was an adventure to read!

SFPL_danielay Sep 17, 2019

The story of a young women accidentally setting free a god and then going on a magical quest is nothing new but then myths and fairy tales rarely are. What makes this novel stand out is the main character, Cassiopeia Tun, who is done being pushed around be it by her family or by the gods and the Mayan mythology setting which many readers may not be familiar with.

Aug 09, 2019

Marvellous story. A Cinderella of a heroine in 1920s Mexico ends up helping a Mayan god against his brother. It's hopeful, honest, and almost told like a fairy tale while being gritty and very real. Highly recommended.

Jun 24, 2019

I really liked this one! It's a standalone fantasy set in Mexico in the 1920s, and it follows a young woman who's a servant in her grandfather's home until one day when she unwittingly releases the Mayan god Hun-Kamé and becoming inextricably linked with him until he can take back the throne of Xibalba (the Mayan underworld) from his treacherous, power-hungry brother.

This really ran away with my imagination! It has absolutely fascinating ideas and an amazing sense of place, both with the Mexican spin on the flapper-era as well as with all the interesting Mayan trappings. It also really stirred up my curiosity to learn more about the Yucatan, Mayan history, and the various Mexican wars and rebellions of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

My one criticism is that the book is written in a very matter-of-fact tone which sometimes prevents it from building up a sense of passion or urgency. Overall, though, I found tons of other things to love here!

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Aug 09, 2019

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Aug 09, 2019

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather's house to listen to any fast tunes. Then one day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather's room, opens it - and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother.


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