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Gods of Jade and Shadow Update the sexual tension between me and leaving my mortal name behind to walk into the woods and lay facedown on the earth to become one with the moss after finishing this story I am in so much pain right now It's terrible But ANYWHO 1010 would recommend everyone reads it Full review to come But in the meantime click HERE to find my twitter thread with updates about reading progress through this book when a friend presses a book into your chest and says “read this mortalimmortal slow burn romance with the god of death that’s set in the underworld of Jazz age Mexico and is inspired by Mayan folklore” you do not ask further uestions and JUST DO IT45 stars The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing life changing journey in this one of a kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folkloreThe 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 reuests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise but success could make her dreams come trueIn 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 Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworldAlternate cover edition of ISBN 9780525620754 I loved Moreno Garcia’s vampire novel Certain Dark Things so I was excited to read her take on the Maya gods Set in Mexico in the 1920s the book follows Cassiopeia Tun the ‘poor relations’ granddaughter of a small town patriarch in the Yucatan Cassiopeia’s mother disgraced the family by eloping with Cassiopeia’s dark skinned father then had no choice but to return to her family when her husband died Now Cassiopeia is forced to work as the family maid while her arrogant cousin Martín misses no chance to boss her around and get her in trouble Cassiopeia’s future seems hopeless and bleak until in a moment of defiance she opens a locked chest in her grandfather’s bedroom and releases an imprisoned Maya god of death Hun Kame Formerly the king of the Maya Underworld Xibalba Hun Kame was overthrown by his treacherous twin brother Vucub Kame who charged Cassiopeia’s grandfather with guarding the box that held Hun Kame’s bones As extra insurance against Hun Kame’s return Vucub Kame also took bits and pieces of his brother — an eye a finger a necklace — and scattered them across the land so Hun Kame could never be whole again even if he somehow escaped Hun Kame rises from his prison neither man nor god but determined to reclaim his throne He enlists Cassiopeia as his comrade in arms and the two set off across Mexico to restore Hun Kame by finding his missing bits Meanwhile Vucub Kame recruits Cassiopeia’s repugnant cousin Martín to stop them The uest narrative is marvelous with demons evil spirits sorcerers and flappers dancing the Charleston The romantic tension is electric between Cassiopeia and her god of death companion who cannot possibly feel love or can he? What I especially loved is Moreno Garcia’s refusal to offer easy solutions or to cast any of her characters as completely good or evil We come to understand everyone’s motives and to feel sympathy for the devil or at least the gods of Xibalba This is a delicious novel with Maya mythology seamlessly interwoven into a Jazz Age love story adventure 3755 ⭐Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf 🐺I've dreamed of travelling to Mexico since I've first discovered telenovelas decades ago and if this book is the closest thing to that then so be itIt really felt like I was sitting at a wooden table listening to a Mexican grandma telling me a story of her childhood while wrapping up tamales It really felt that warmI liked it very much but I didn't love itMostly because I am weird But that's not allI somehow managed to have a tangled vision of the 1920s Mexico and all I can say is that aside for the time forgotten little town of Uukumil everything else was impressively modern Maybe I am being ignorant but I wasn't expecting that sort of constructionThis whole idea of a tour around Mexico was indeed very clever and I applaud it mostly because it actually made me go and search on the map all those places mentioned yes my ignorant arse strikes againEven with the whole travelling around the country I still felt like the action was a bit stiff It didn't really happen anything I wanted This wasn't that and it makes me sad to think of it I needed less blandness in the action for thisAlso at the beginning and still after a good chunk of the book I felt like I couldn't like any of the characters Exept for the main character Casiopea Tun who was the one that seemed a bit better than the rest She felt wrong and right at the same time and this is why I liked her from the start She was lonely and unlucky but brave and hopeful Dubiously interesting combination “In her spare time she looked to books or the stars for company” And interesting concept comes into the spotlight in this book and this is the awkward but cute friendship between Casiopea and this big bad god of death Hun Kamé His vengeance on his twin brother who tricked him years ago Vucub Kamé is what sets all things in motion in this book but Casiopea is the one that gives it the push Their whole journey tightens their relationship and turns it into a beautiful thing They come to love and trust each other a thing natural than the other And this is beautiful “It was as if the land opened its lips and breathed again and was made anew” I truly appreciated the fact that the whole thing wasn't revolving around the two main characters falling in love with each other Their love came natural following its course and being light and simple and sincere The coolest thing about this book however is the fact that it is based on actual Mayan mythology I know very little about Maya civilisation so this was purely interesting and educative for me Even though I wanted to encounter local traditions and maybe some Mayan day to day beliefs this was very well documented and it highlighted very well some of the most important myths of the Maya culture anchoring them in the mortal reality of the time Also the tiny glossary at the end of the book really sold it for meIt was a nice book And I truly recommend it to nearly clueless people like me who want to learn something new that might get fascinating or just desperately want a break from winter on a distant and warm land It's your call people but I'm taking the initiative for you Read it Book styled i enjoyed this a lot than i thought i would im really into reading stories inspired by mythology that im not very familiar with and recently ive had an interest in mesoamerican culture so this did not disappointi found this to be extremely easy to read the writing is very straightforward and has of a ‘telling rather than showing’ feel to me but i honestly didnt mind it its also a long journey narrative with not a whole lot happening other than subtle character development again i know this will bother some readers but i was okay with itso i know its my adoration for the subject which kept me so invested i really enjoyed reading about mexico in the 1920s learning about the different mayan gods and experiencing the underworld of xiabalba it was all really fun↠ 35 stars ‘’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’’ 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 ‘’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 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 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 uestions 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 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 youMagical Realism Historical Fiction Fairytale FolkloreThe 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 uercus Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest reviewMy reviews can also be found on A Mayan inspired fable set in Jazz Era Mexico Channeling her inner Cinderella Casiopea Tun is tidying up her Grandfather's living uarters when she unintentionally frees Hun Kame the Mayan God of Death from his imprisonmentCaptured and sealed in a locked box after being slayed by his brother Hun Kame now free is ready to get his life and kingdom back Unfortunately for Casiopea he needs her help in order to do so Whether she likes it or not she's along for the rideTied together by an unnatural bond of flesh and soul they set out on a uest to recover the parts of Hun Kame that were stolen and hidden away by his brother So begins the adventure of a lifetime for young Casiopea who is finally able to escape the degrading clutches of her familyThis is such a beautifully told story From beginning to end Moreno Garcia weaves the most intricate tale of love power forgiveness and sacrifice I love her writing so much It is simple yet lyrical flowing smoothly from chapter to chapterI first fell for Moreno Garcia's writing when I read The Beautiful Ones in 2017 Even though that book was also beautifully written this one displays her skills at a whole new level Her writing has matured a lot and this story truly transports you not only to the culture she is introducing but to the time period as well Simply stunningI loved learning about Mayan mythology and culture I think anyone interested in modern retellings of myths and legends will enjoy this Even if you do not think it is something you would be crazy about at its heart this story is a uest and it delivers in that capacity in spadesCasiopea is such a wonderful character Although raised in terrible circumstances mistreated and abused by those around her she has an incredible sense of will that she channels throughout this adventure In her heart she has the strength of a lioness and that serves her well I admired her I adored Hun Kame and the two of them together is pure magicThank you so much to the publisher Del Rey for providing me with a copy of this to read and review I appreciate the opportunity and had such a great reading experience with this one Silvia Moreno Garcia has a fan in me and I will definitely be picking up anything else she writes 375 stars This is a beautiful book but it’s a beauty that kept me at a distance The world and mythology is lush and the prose fits the story well but the feeling of reading a myth kept me from truly engaging with the story I loved our main character and rooted for her but truly never felt she was in danger and even though this isn’t a mythology I’m familiar with I still felt I knew the general beats the story would take This reminded me a bit of American Gods in that way with the prose and the mythology and that’s a story that I also felt at arms length from I still enjoyed this for the beauty that it was but it will probably not live in my feelings in the way that I had hoped Unlike anything I’ve ever read This Mayan death god myth making tale was perfectWriting ★★★★★Concept ★★★★★Characters ★★★★★Pacing ★★★★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 uest 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 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 seuence 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 fantasy—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 reviewBlog | Instagram I'm not going to write a review of my own book but here's some common uestions I get1 Will there be a seuel? Short answer no It's intended as a stand alone 2 Is it really adult? Isn't it YA? Book classification is a funny thing Some 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 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 3 Talking about narrators there's a lot of telling Is that intentional? Short answer yes Long answer I discuss Latin American culture and other stuff related to this in a blog post4 I liked your Book X but this sounds totally different from that Will I be disappointed? I like writing things that can be wildly different I don't feel it's disappointing but if you liked the grittiness of say Certain Dark Things this is definitely not grim dark 5 But it's a Maya God of Death Why isn't it grimdark? I wanted to write something hopeful that reflected the beauty of my culture I've written gritty stuff before and will still do it But not this time6 Are there any resources for book clubsDel Rey put together a PDF with some info Also check my website scroll to the bottom for interviews and articles And there's a glossary at the back of the book if you want to start there7 Are the locations real?Yes for the most part You can trace the journey on a map The casinohotel I mention is based on a real one Agua Caliente in Tijuana


About the Author: Silvia Moreno Garcia

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


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