Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow

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"The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525620754
Branch Call Number: FICTION Mor
Description: 338 pages ; 25 cm


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A Cinderella story set in Mexico in the 1920s featuring Mayan gods and a plucky heroine. - Mary B.

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Jul 24, 2020

Fascinating story. I loved every second and had no idea what was going to happen next. Can't recommend it enough.

IndyPL_SteveB May 14, 2020

Something different in a fantasy novel – A Mexican-Canadian author using Mayan mythology and folklore, spiced with Mexican history of the 1920s. It has won several awards, and it would make a great film.

Casiopea Tun’s mother left her wealthy Mexican family to marry a poor poet and clerk of Native background. When he died, Casiopea and her mother had to return to her grandfather’s house in shame, to live as barely-tolerated servants to her grandfather. In anger one day Casiopea unlocks the secret chest that lay at the foot of her grandfather’s bed and touches the bones within. A small bone splinter goes into her hand and this action releases Hun-Kamé, the God of Death, imprisoned by his twin brother.

We then have a story that is partly a two-fish-out-of-water buddy-movie road-trip, part romance, and part fantasy battles. Hun-Kamé gains some human feelings and Casiopea becomes a tougher woman with a sense of independence. Moreno-Garcia creates an imaginative underworld landscape. Good characters and a nice balance between terror and humor make for a very enjoyable story.

Apr 02, 2020

I really enjoyed this book, from the incredible mythology to the vivid details, this book is immersive and such a lovely cultural deep dive that will keep you turning the pages! It's so easy to get lost in and such an easy read. I really appreciated how culturally diverse and historical this book is as well, people said this book was a Cinderella retelling but I didn't really see that.

Mar 31, 2020

2020 Nebula Awards nominee.

Mar 18, 2020

The writing style reminded me of Neil Gaiman, and that's a good thing! Very enjoyable and recommended for those who like urban fantasy or magic realism.

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.

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Apr 02, 2020

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Aug 09, 2019

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Apr 02, 2020

A heroic young woman, a quest, a handsome fallen god, magic & mayhem set in post-revolutionary 1920s Mexico woven with fantastic Mayan cosmology. What's not to love?!

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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Feb 12, 2020

Violence: Mentions of murder and suicide, a character commits suicide


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