Gods of Jade and Shadow
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 ...more
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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!
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Unlike anything I’ve ever read....so 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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Pretty damn good. Worth reading just for the setting (1920s Mexico!), and the ending is amazing. RTC.
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 ...more
"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?"
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
GUYS, THE 1920's IS MY FAVORITE PERIOD IN HISTORY! Y'ALL HAVE NO IDEA HOW EXCITED I AM!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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