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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 Mexico A life she can call her own Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather s room She 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 Failure will mean Casiopea s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross country odyssey from the jungles of Yucat n to the bright lights of Mexico City and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld. 5 starsUnlike anything I ve ever read This Mayan death god myth making tale was perfect.Writing Concept Characters Pacing First off, I am probably in the minority here, but I did not see this story as overly similar to a Cinderella tale the similarities end after the first few chapters The marketing for Gods of Jade and Shadow bills it as a Jazz Age Cinderella, but the story felt much like Hades and Persephone with a dash of the Art Deco I could not get enough of this story Gods of Jade and Shadow 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 Accidentally cutting herself and bleeding on the bones, Casiopea resurrects the Mayan god of death, Hun Kame 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 Finding herself tied to Hun Kame through her blood, Casiopea embarks on a quest with the death god to collect his missing bones and defeat his twin brother to reclaim the Mayan underworld Obviously, the tone of Gods of Jade and Shadow is dark and mythic in scope and it reads that way One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the gritty realism brought to the plot by Casiopea herself She stands apart from almost every other female protagonist I ve read in YA She s no nonsense in the pragmatic sense, she s extremely dry with her humor, and she does NOT fall into any of the main tropes 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 Things I loved 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 again for the people in the back THE LACK OF AN UNDERDEVELOPED AND OVERHYPED ROMANCE There s a romance, but it s supremely well done and slow Things I didn t love 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 Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine via NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review 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 Mexican Mayan inspired fantasy Review to come closer to pub date 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, 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. 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 a dark fantasy set in 1920s Mexico inspired by Mayan mythology this sounds AMAZING Publishing July 23rd, 2019I 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 K iche people, one of the Maya peoples, and ahhhh I just need to know The story focuses on the Mayan gods of death, Hun Kam and Vucub Kam , and their fight for control of their underworld, Xibalba And into the story of course comes unsuspecting humans, brilliant Casiopea and her douchebag cousin Mart n Casiopea is a brilliant character Her upbringing was one of sadness and mistreatment especially at the hands of her cold hearted grandfather and cousin Mart n 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 Kam was absolutely everything I love about traditional quests and adventures I thought that the standoffish godlike persona of Hun Kam 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 Mart n s PoV I liked how seeing his side of events helped to frame him as a 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 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 For reviews and book related chat check out my blog Why I love it by S A ChakrabortyFrom the moment I spotted the phrase the Mayan god of death in the Jazz Age, I knew I needed to get my hands on Gods of Jade and Shadow I ve always been a fan of historical fantasy, and there s little I love than seeing ancient figures thrown into a 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 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.Read at I have two reviews for this beauty A video on booktube Some people are born under a lucky star, while others have their misfortune telegraphed by the position of the planets Casiopea Tun, named after a constellation, was born under the most rotten star imaginable in the firmament Yucat n, 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 Words are seeds, Casiopea With words you embroider narratives, and the narratives breed myths, and there s power in the myth Yes, the things you name have power Silvia Moreno Garcia has created an outstanding novel The culture and vibe of Yucat n 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 Gods of Jade and Shadow is so much 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 And life may not be fair but I must be fair I can t turn away 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 Kam 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 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 Gods of Jade and Shadow 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 Dreams are for mortals Why Because they must die Many thanks to Quercus Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.My reviews can also be found on Thank you, Del Rey Books Ballantine I am so happy to have the opportunity to jump into this story early.A freed Mayan God, 1920s Jazz eraWhat do you need

About the Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno Garcia is the author of several novels, including Gods of Jade and Shadow She has also edited a number of anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning She Walks in Shadows a.k.a Cthulhu s Daughters Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination.

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