Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.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. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexic...

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Title:Gods of Jade and Shadow
Author:Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Gods of Jade and Shadow Reviews

  • Rebecca Roanhorse

    Oh, my heart! So, so very good. This is a evocative and moving fairy-tale about a downtrodden girl and the Maya God of Death and how they both find each other and their humanity together. Moreno-Garcia consistently knows how to find my heartstrings and pull them - not in a sappy way but in quiet moments of vulnerability and honesty. Her vision of 1920's Mexico and, more strikingly, the Maya Underworld, are vivid and enchanting and bring the story alive. I'm convinced both are/were equally real.

    Oh, my heart! So, so very good. This is a evocative and moving fairy-tale about a downtrodden girl and the Maya God of Death and how they both find each other and their humanity together. Moreno-Garcia consistently knows how to find my heartstrings and pull them - not in a sappy way but in quiet moments of vulnerability and honesty. Her vision of 1920's Mexico and, more strikingly, the Maya Underworld, are vivid and enchanting and bring the story alive. I'm convinced both are/were equally real. Also, this book is highly addictive. I read it in 24 hrs, having to know the fate of both the main characters, which is, in Moreno-Garcia fashion, quite bittersweet. Loved it. Highly recommend.

  • Amy Imogene Reads

    5 stars

    Unlike anything I’ve ever read.

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★★

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    ★★★★

    First off, I am probably in the minority here, but

    . The marketing for

    bills it as a Jazz-Age Cinderella, but the story felt much more like Hades and Persephone with

    5 stars

    Unlike anything I’ve ever read.

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★★

    ★★★★

    First off, I am probably in the minority here, but

    . The marketing for

    bills it as a Jazz-Age Cinderella, but the story felt much more like Hades and Persephone with a dash of the Art Deco.

    I could not get enough of this story.

    follows the story of Casiopea, a girl growing up in rural Mexico in the early 1900s who discovers a chest of ancient black bones in her grandfather's bedroom.

    . Hun-Kame was cursed and imprisoned in his bones (well, most of his bones) by his twin brother, and suffice to say Hun-Kame is not pleased with the turn of events.

    .

    Obviously, the tone of

    is dark and mythic in scope—and it reads that way.

    One of my favorite aspects of the novel was

    herself. She stands apart from almost every other female protagonist I've read in YA.

    . Tie these personality traits in with Hun-Kame, an ancient god with no empathy and no sense of sarcasm, and you have a winning match.

    Casiopea, Hun-Kame's inability to understand inflection, Hun-Kame and Casiopea's no-nonsense responses to the absurd, the LACK OF AN INSTANT ROMANCE, the adventure-style journey to different parts of 1920s Mexico, the unfolding of the plot, Casiopea's honestly iconic reactions to her cousin, the final climactic sequence, and

    There’s a romance, but it’s supremely well done and

    .

    Alright, I'll be honest. I struggled with the pacing and lack of intimacy with Casiopea at the beginning. It's a slow entrance and a different way to write YA—very much keeping in line with old school myth tales. However, by the end I was HOOKED on the writing style and loved the pacing.

    *****

    Original notes 3/22/19: Unlike anything I’ve ever read. This Mayan death god myth-making tale was one of a kind and its great to see one of my anticipated 2019 YA fantasy releases living up to its expectations. Let’s have more Mexican/Mayan inspired fantasy? Review to come closer to pub date!

  • Emer (A Little Haze)

    Publishing July 23rd, 2019

    I was so excited when I heard about this book and so was beyond thrilled when I was lucky enough to be granted an ARC from NetGalley and WOW DID THIS BOOK NOT DISAPPOINT!!! I loved it. Absolutely loved it. This book to me is the perfect blend of fantasy, mythology and historical fiction. It's filled with Mayan folklore that truly came alive for me. I must confess I know nothing about Mayan mythology but this book has been a wonderful starting point for me. Apparently it

    Publishing July 23rd, 2019

    I was so excited when I heard about this book and so was beyond thrilled when I was lucky enough to be granted an ARC from NetGalley and WOW DID THIS BOOK NOT DISAPPOINT!!! I loved it. Absolutely loved it. This book to me is the perfect blend of fantasy, mythology and historical fiction. It's filled with Mayan folklore that truly came alive for me. I must confess I know nothing about Mayan mythology but this book has been a wonderful starting point for me. Apparently it is inspired by the Popol Vuh which is a text that recounts the mythology and history of the Kʼicheʼ people, one of the Maya peoples, and ahhhh I just need to know more!!!!

    The story focuses on the Mayan gods of death, Hun-Kamé and Vucub-Kamé, and their fight for control of their underworld, Xibalba. And into the story of course comes unsuspecting humans, brilliant Casiopea and her (douchebag!) cousin Martín.

    Casiopea is a brilliant character. Her upbringing was one of sadness and mistreatment (especially at the hands of her cold hearted grandfather and cousin Martín) but I liked how it didn't quell her inner feisty spirit. I basically just loved her sassiness and how she very much owned who she was as a person. And her journey with Hun-Kamé was absolutely everything I love about traditional quests and adventures. I thought that the standoffish godlike-persona of Hun-Kamé really juxtaposed nicely with Casiopea's warmth and therefore, really enjoyed how their relationship evolved showing us how such disparate characters could eventually find their commonality.

    I also loved getting some of the story given to us from Martín's PoV. I liked how seeing his side of events helped to frame him as a more complex character than purely someone who was unkind to his poorer relative.

    What was also really engaging was how the author really made the world her characters were inhabiting come alive for the reader. I very much enjoyed all the touches of the Jazz age that peppered the real world narrative along with some very vivid descriptions of the Mayan Underworld.

    At times this book had an almost Young Adult quality to it, and I mean that in a good way, as the story was very accessible and immediately engaging but it's definitely an adult novel due to some slightly squeamish moments for those of us with weak stomachs towards the end of the book.

    This was a book that I 100% loved and I can't wait to read more from the author ...and grab a physical copy of this once it is released because wow isn't that cover gorgeous 😍😍

    Highly recommended to fans of books that retell mythologies

    *An e-copy of this book was kindly provided to me by the publisher, Quercus/Jo Fletcher Books, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Amalia Gavea

    Yucatán, Mexico, during the 1920s. Casiopea has found herself in an awful situation. Her beloved father, a lover of mythology and fables, has died. Her mother is a weak woman who only knows how to cry and pray. The young woman has been left practically alone, struggl

    Yucatán, Mexico, during the 1920s. Casiopea has found herself in an awful situation. Her beloved father, a lover of mythology and fables, has died. Her mother is a weak woman who only knows how to cry and pray. The young woman has been left practically alone, struggling to cope with the insults of her tyrannical grandfather and disgusting cousin. Until the day an old chest is opened and the God of Death escapes. In order to fight against treason and fulfill a mysterious destiny, Casiopea and the dashing god will lead us on an unforgettable journey in one of the most fascinating countries of our planet through folklore, mythology and every virtue and vice of the mortal soul. And the immortal spirit.

    Silvia Moreno-Garcia has created an outstanding novel. The culture and vibe of Yucatán come alive through beautiful prose. The political background of the complex 1920s is immediately set and this makes for an extremely interesting start. It is then that I understood

    is so much more than a modern fairy tale. It is a political and social commentary on issues that shape every nation in every era. In my opinion, the beauty of the story lies in the successful balance between Historical Fiction and Mythology. The writer uses the vast Mexican tradition and folklore to demonstrate a young woman’s fight against domestic violence, physical and psychological, against discrimination and limited, preconceived expectations. Through her love for Greek and Mayan mythology and her combined faith to the Christian religion and the beliefs of her forefathers, Casiopea faces a world as fascinating as it is dark, populated with powerful gods and mighty sorceresses, demons, ghosts, strange beings and corrupted priests who use Religion as an excuse to oppress the cries for change. And once again, we come to understand that the vilest of creatures can be found among the mortals. No surprise there really…

    The writing is beautiful, the dialogue is exceptional. Don’t be hesitant if your knowledge of Mayan mythology is limited. The writer is an excellent guide and answers all our questions within the story without being redundant or lectury. However, the strength of this marvelous book lies in the character of Casiopea. She is forced to mature beyond her 18 years and her personality remains an integral part of the plot throughout the book. Despite the circumstances and the constant discoveries she makes concerning herself and the world around her (and beyond…), she doesn’t compromise. She becomes wiser and remains firmly faithful to her values and the principles given to her by her father. She doesn’t lose faith and brings a god to his senses, forcing him to see what is real. Now, Hun-Kamé is perfection. I’m fangirling a bit, yes, but it is true. The God of Death has to come to terms with the mortal nature that is believed to be hidden inside every deity. The dynamic between Casiopea and him is one more driving force of the novel. All characters are excellently drawn, even the ones you’ll come to hate with all your heart, even the tiniest mythical figures will surprise you.

    Magical Realism, Historical Fiction, Fairytale, Folklore....The novel can easily fall into five-six genres. One thing is for certain. You will adore

    from the very first chapters. It is a beautiful token of what happens when a truly gifted writer respects the original sources and weaves an exciting and powerful tale relevant to all. A magical, mystical journey.

    Many thanks to Quercus Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Bookteafull (Danny)

    This standalone myth-making tale was truly one of a kind!

    The narrative takes place in Mexico in the 1920s and follows Casiopeia, our servant protagonist, as she embarks on a dark journey after opening her grandfather's locked chest. Hoping to find gold that she can use to escape her dreary life, she becomes shocked to realize what the contents of the chest actually are: the magical bones of the Mayan g

    This standalone myth-making tale was truly one of a kind!

    The narrative takes place in Mexico in the 1920s and follows Casiopeia, our servant protagonist, as she embarks on a dark journey after opening her grandfather's locked chest. Hoping to find gold that she can use to escape her dreary life, she becomes shocked to realize what the contents of the chest actually are: the magical bones of the Mayan god Hun-Kame. As a shard of bone sinks into Casiopeia's skin - thus fusing her life with that of the god's - she finds herself forcibly partaking on a quest to assist Hun-Kame in taking back the throne of Xibalba (Mayan Underworld) from his deceitful, power hungry brother.

    The idea behind

    was as fascinating as the world-building. Moreno-Garcia builds up the atmospheric elements of the Underworld while beautifully executing the integration of a slow-build romance, Mayan history, and a new perspective on the flapper-era. The author's writing made capturing the entirety of every scene effortless.

    Whilst this book wasn't complex by any means, it still made me think about Mexican culture and how religions are being impacted by the modernization of civilization and development of technology. The concept of what eradicates a religion was also briefly addressed and made me think about all the ones that have unfortunately become extinct.

    As for the characters, they all came across as clear, distinct, and relatable in their own way - which is a surprising feat to accomplish.

    The only reason I didn't rate this book a full five stars was because, at times, the pacing came across as a bit slow. And not gunna lie, the ending left me just a smidge salty even tho I appreciated what the author was trying to convey. The storyline conclusion was satisfying in a logical sense, but emotionally? I was not fully sated. If you get invested in romances, you'll understand where I'm coming from when you finish this.

    This book has so much to offer, and it's

    a good book. I'm not sure it'll be your favorite, but I can say without a doubt you'll be able to gain something from it.

    That's it for now!

  • Candace Robinson

    I was pretty excited for this because I especially loved Sylvia's last book, The Beautiful Ones. And then she's done really great Mexican settings in the two other books I've read by her as well!

    What I really liked here was the MC—Casiopea was the perfect character and I loved reading her wittiness in her dialogue and her remarks that she would give to Hun-Kamé. I seriously loved Hun-Kamé, too, especially as his character progressed in the book! The two together had such great chemistry!

    There we

    I was pretty excited for this because I especially loved Sylvia's last book, The Beautiful Ones. And then she's done really great Mexican settings in the two other books I've read by her as well!

    What I really liked here was the MC—Casiopea was the perfect character and I loved reading her wittiness in her dialogue and her remarks that she would give to Hun-Kamé. I seriously loved Hun-Kamé, too, especially as his character progressed in the book! The two together had such great chemistry!

    There were several POVs in this one, but I really wish that it was only Casiopea and Hun-Kamé. I was kind of bored at times with Casiopea's cousin and Hun-Kamé's brother. Minor detail—but I felt like Casiopea's name had a lot of syllables so I had to keep shortening it to Cas in my head as I read it! 

    The writing and world descriptions were beautiful and the tale was very cool. Another complaint was I wish it ended on the chapter before the last one because I'm unsure if this is a stand alone, but I think it is? But with the last chapter, I'm not sure? Anyway, I love the authors other books more, but this is still a cool, original story to check out.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    "a dark fantasy set in 1920s Mexico inspired by Mayan mythology" this sounds AMAZING

  • enqi ☁️✨ kell maresh lovesite

    "a dark fantasy set in 1920s Mexico inspired by Mayan mythology" and is that a hades & persephone reference i see? this is WONDERFUL. sign me up

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء

    Hey, have I seen you from somewhere? You remind me of a book....that I should get to know (。•ᴗ-)✧

    Hey, have I seen you from somewhere? You remind me of a book....that I should get to know ‎(。•̀ᴗ-)✧

  • Book of the Month

    "Why I love it"

    by S. A. Chakraborty

    From the moment I spotted the phrase “the Mayan god of death in the Jazz Age,” I knew I needed to get my hands on

    I’ve always been a fan of historical fantasy, and there’s little I love more than seeing ancient figures thrown into a more modern world. Add in a stunning cover, hints of a rags-to-riches protagonist, and a journey to the Underworld? I was sold.

    But this wondrously written book is so much more than that. The story follows Ca

    "Why I love it"

    by S. A. Chakraborty

    From the moment I spotted the phrase “the Mayan god of death in the Jazz Age,” I knew I needed to get my hands on

    I’ve always been a fan of historical fantasy, and there’s little I love more than seeing ancient figures thrown into a more modern world. Add in a stunning cover, hints of a rags-to-riches protagonist, and a journey to the Underworld? I was sold.

    But this wondrously written book is so much more than that. The story follows Casiopea Tun, who, in an attempt to escape her grandfather’s home, inadvertently links up with a Mayan god eager to take back his throne. Soon she finds herself on a death-defying adventure, and experiencing the equally terrifying prospect of first love.

    This is both a classic fairy tale—the mysterious box, the alluring figure offering the promise of a new beginning—and a fresh, coming-of-age journey that lets Casiopea be at once fierce and frightened, larger-than-life yet human. Casiopea leaps from the page, her hopes and dreams clashing with the life of servitude her power-hungry relatives have forced her into. With some of the best—and eerie!—imagery I’ve ever read and an ending that left me both hopeful and heartbroken, this is a book I’ll be gushing over for a very long time.

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