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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, for readers of The Song of Achilles and Uprooted.

Here we shall begin to tell a story: a tale of a throne lost, of monsters and magic. A tale of gods and of the shadow realm. But this, our story, it begins in our world, in the land of mortal
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 23rd 2019 by Del Rey
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    Chaima ✨ شيماء
    Me, flirting with this cover: Hey, have I seen you from somewhere? You remind me of a book....that I should get to know (。•ᴗ-)✧ ...more
    enqi ☁️✨ [joon's]
    "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
    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. ...more
    Elise (TheBookishActress)
    "a dark fantasy set in 1920s Mexico inspired by Mayan mythology" this sounds AMAZING
    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 ...more
    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
    Amy Imogene Reads
    Publication date has been pushed up to July 23, 2019!

    Unlike anything I’ve ever beautiful. 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!

    Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine via NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
    Bookteafull (Danny)
    Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Oh my goodness, do you yourself a favor and purchase this when it gets published in August!

    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
    Iryna *Book and Sword*
    Big thanks to Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley for a digital arc of this book.


    Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: tba-rh
    *HEART ACHE* THIS IS SO AMAZING. If you're at all into anything achy with mortals and immortals and a fairy tale feel .......... THIS IS FOR YOU.

    Just absolutely fantastic and so gorgeous.
    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's left behind while the rest of the household goes on a daytrip and she decides to open the locked chest that's always been at the foot of her grandfather's bed. Thinking to find gold or something to help her escape her life of drudgery, she instead ends up releasing the Mayan god Hun-Kamé and becoming inextricably linked wit ...more
    Dammit, this is way too young for me. I’m going to have to leave it.
    Becca | Pages & Postcards
    This was so unique! I really enjoyed it. Full review to come closer to the publication date.

    ARC received via Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

    Queen Cronut
    Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019, arcs, netgalley
    A fantasy novel set in Mexico during the 1920s with a side of Mayan mythology and an epic heroine? Yes, please!!!

    Casiopea Tun dreams of running away to the city, filled with jazz and modern ideas, but is instead stuck in a quiet, dreary town where she works as a servant in her grandfather's house. After opening a mysterious chest in her grandfather's room, she discovers that she has unintentionally released Hun-Kame, a legendary Mayan god pulling her into a centuries-old rivalry between Mayan go
    wanderer (Para)
    ARC received from the publisher (Del Rey) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Pretty damn good. Worth reading just for the setting (1920s Mexico!), and the ending is amazing. RTC.
    Feb 11, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, aoc, db, etbr, adult
    I got approved for one of my most anticipated adult fantasy novels of 2019! It's about Mayan gods in the 1920s, it's going to be so good
    Iryna KL
    May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, favorites
    I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher!

    5 out of 5 stars

    Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of the most talented writers I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Her insight into the human psyche is unparalleled and her characters and settings feel beyond real. I adored her last novel, The Beautiful Ones, but Gods of Jade and Shadow completely blew me away.

    Set in the magical world of Yucatán in the 1920s, Gods of Jade and Shadow tells a story of a poor yo
    Dec 07, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    I am so excited about this book coming out, but also afraid that it won't be as good as I expected it to be.

    2019 is already rocking!
    "Virtuous child who has not known the true measure of unhappiness, how could you ever imagine the breadth of my enmity? What games do you think gods play?"

    4.5 stars

    sofia (sam willows)
    I GOT AN ARC!!!!!
    Ash | EmeraldBookOwl
    2019 seems like THE year for some really good releases. Here is yet another one that has already stolen my heart.

    When I read "Dark fantasy" and "1920s Mexico"... I'm sold.
    But then throw in some "Mayan mythology" and I may just die from anticipation!
    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
    DNF @ 45%. This one just isn't for me. I wasn't into the romance and there was a lot of telling rather than showing. I think other readers will love it for those reasons and more - the descriptions, god with mortal love, etc. the mythology was also interesting.
    Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Of course a dark fairy tale based on mythology sounds attractive. Add to that the fact that it’s written by the author of Signal to Noise and the fact that it’s set in the roaring 20s and the mythology it’s based on is Aztecan and it’s a perfect sell. And while it may not have been a perfect read, it was pretty freaking good. Does the story of a mortal going on a road trip with a follower neglected deity and encountering other similar deities forgotten by their believers and forced to live among ...more
    Megan Tristao
    *I am not assigning star ratings in 2019 as a personal experiment*

    Admittedly, my love for this book was probably enhanced because I was traveling in Mexico while reading it, so I was able to connect many of the historical and traditional elements with what I learned during my tours. That being said, this book was excellent! Full of folklore and adventure and intrigue. I did feel like things came a little too easy to the protagonists at times, but overall, it was a fun, engaging and informative r
    Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc
    (Spoiler Free)
    Casiopea is a girl who dreams of the stars and freedom, but she's stuck in her small town in Yucatan, Mexico. One day, she opens a wooden chest, and accidentally unleashes Hun-Kamé, an ancient Maya god of death who had been trapped and betrayed by his brother. She's fierce and he's broody and together they embark on a journey to reclaim Hun-Kamé's kingdom.

    The characters in this book were so solid and layered. They constantly break the conventions that their archetypes traditionally
    Jessica ☕
    This is the kind of book that consumes you while it is being read. At the same time vibrant and melancholy, thrilling and introspective, it lodges in your sternum and sits there like a weight after you finish.

    It further cements Ms. Moreno-Garcia's place on my "preorder every single book" list.

    Casiopea is a young Cinderella figure in the home of her wealthy grandfather, undervalued and abused because of her mother's marriage to an indigenous man. In a small act of quiet rebellion, she unlocks a
    Lina~Blackbird Queen
    I had this on my "want to read" list when it was just about Mayan mythology. Then, today, I look it up, and one thing catches my eyes.

    "1920s Mexico"

    A Wondrous Bookshelf
    In 1920s Mexico, Caseopea lived a very unhappy life cleaning floors of her wealthy grandfather and dreaming of a better life away from her chores. One day she comes across a mysterious wooden box and accidently frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death who takes her on a journey in hopes of regaining back his throne from his treacherous brother.

    Part Jane Eyre and part Cinderella story, Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow is a beautiful fantasy tale based on Mayan mythology. In a time with s
    Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019, e-book, own
    *Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for review consideration; all thoughts are my own*

    I am a sucker for mythology-driven stories and was especially excited to see that Moreno-Garcia's newest book relies heavily on Mayan lore. I was also drawn by the portrayal of the 1920s as seen from Central America and Mexico as opposed to the typical London/Paris/New York setting. These things predisposed me to enjoy this book and then Moreno-Garcia went and wrote a beautiful story as
    Joel Nichols
    Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a surprising story that plays with notions of comfort and discomfort that keep one reading pretty feverishly until the end. Traditional Catholic Mexican small-town world on the cusp of the ultra modern Jazz age, but also the incredible old world of Mayan gods bubbling up every where in Casiopea Tun's life and world make for a very compelling and interesting setting. Characters who seem easy to love or to hate at first glance act in ways that make those judgments so much more complicated ...more
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    Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the author of Signal to Noise, named one of the best books of the year by BookRiot, Tordotcom, BuzzFeed, io9, and more; Certain Dark Things, one of NPR's best books of the year and a Publishers Weekly top ten; the fantasy of manners The Beautiful Ones; and the science fiction novella Prime Meridian. She has also edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award- ...more