Gods of Jade and Shadow

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by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Goodreads Author)

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia Thank you! Yes, this is an adult novel, as are all my other novels and novellas. SFF by women seems to be automatically classified as YA, which is…moreThank you! Yes, this is an adult novel, as are all my other novels and novellas. SFF by women seems to be automatically classified as YA, which is where the error comes from.

PS: The reasons for having this out as an adult book have to do with the choices of my publisher, but also my own feeling that the omniscient tell-don't-show bits of the novel would make it feel distancing and unappealing for teenagers (plus some other stuff, which I won't go into right now). And sure, there's adults who also hate omniscient POVs, but teens seems to hate them more (at least judging by the ones I know). If new adult had taken off as a category maybe that might have worked as a shelf, but it doesn't seem to have done very well. Ultimately, I think it's a fantasy bildungsroman, which may be very appealing to adults who like a fairy tale feel but also cross-over well to older teenagers.(less)
Nicholas There is. Without spoiling anything, there is a slow build relationship that ended in a satisfying way, without feeling too clichéd to me.
Jite I completely agree. I got VERY STRONG YA vibes whilst I was reading this, and I don't recall anything in this that makes it inappropriate for a…moreI completely agree. I got VERY STRONG YA vibes whilst I was reading this, and I don't recall anything in this that makes it inappropriate for a secondary school-aged child. Casiopea is pretty much a child and thinks and reacts like a child even though she's remarkably brave and inspiring. However, the author insists that it is not YA so we must respect that, but that shouldn't stop you from recommending it to your daughters. It's an excellent tale of courage and girl power and just competent outstanding girl magic, my instinct is to recommend it to younger girls too or at least adults who really like YA-style fantasy / mythological fiction.(less)
Amy It’s based on stories about the Mayan gods of Death and beliefs about the afterlife. Moreno-Garcia used the Popol Vuh, a collected text of stories…moreIt’s based on stories about the Mayan gods of Death and beliefs about the afterlife. Moreno-Garcia used the Popol Vuh, a collected text of stories from Mayan mythology, as her main resource.(less)

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