Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow

eBook - 2019
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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"--
Publisher: New York :, Del Rey,, 2019
ISBN: 9780525620761
0525620761
Branch Call Number: e-book
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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A refreshing fantasy novel set in 1920s Mexico and based on Mayan mythology, specifically the twin gods of the underworld Hun-Kamé and Vucub-Kamé. Casiopea Tun, a Cinderalla type character, inadvertently reanimates and binds herself to Hun-Kumé, dismembered and imprisoned by his brother. This set... Read More »

A refreshing fantasy novel set in 1920s Mexico and based on Mayan mythology, specifically the twin gods of the underworld Hun-Kamé and Vucub-Kamé. Casiopea Tun, a Cinderalla type character, inadvertently reanimates and binds herself to Hun-Kumé, dismembered and imprisoned by his brother. This set... Read More »


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hteshomee
Sep 27, 2020

This is a great adventure book. It’s a stand alone and just about 300 pages, but still gives off great adventure. Also, the book gets right into it—which i love.

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RueK
Aug 23, 2020

Excellent enjoyable fantasy. Well balanced. Fun to have it set in the roaring 20's flapper era with bits of architecture, culture and design woven into the scenery.

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suruhjo
Jul 24, 2020

Fascinating story. I loved every second and had no idea what was going to happen next. Can't recommend it enough.

IndyPL_SteveB May 14, 2020

Something different in a fantasy novel – A Mexican-Canadian author using Mayan mythology and folklore, spiced with Mexican history of the 1920s. It has won several awards, and it would make a great film.

Casiopea Tun’s mother left her wealthy Mexican family to marry a poor poet and clerk of Native background. When he died, Casiopea and her mother had to return to her grandfather’s house in shame, to live as barely-tolerated servants to her grandfather. In anger one day Casiopea unlocks the secret chest that lay at the foot of her grandfather’s bed and touches the bones within. A small bone splinter goes into her hand and this action releases Hun-Kamé, the God of Death, imprisoned by his twin brother.

We then have a story that is partly a two-fish-out-of-water buddy-movie road-trip, part romance, and part fantasy battles. Hun-Kamé gains some human feelings and Casiopea becomes a tougher woman with a sense of independence. Moreno-Garcia creates an imaginative underworld landscape. Good characters and a nice balance between terror and humor make for a very enjoyable story.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 02, 2020

I really enjoyed this book, from the incredible mythology to the vivid details, this book is immersive and such a lovely cultural deep dive that will keep you turning the pages! It's so easy to get lost in and such an easy read. I really appreciated how culturally diverse and historical this book is as well, people said this book was a Cinderella retelling but I didn't really see that.

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fionajay
Mar 31, 2020

2020 Nebula Awards nominee.

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atidball76
Mar 18, 2020

The writing style reminded me of Neil Gaiman, and that's a good thing! Very enjoyable and recommended for those who like urban fantasy or magic realism.

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orwell2016
Jan 16, 2020

Beautiful writing--effortless to read and worth savoring the word craft while reading 'slowly'--as you would an excellent meal of your favorite foods. Extremely enjoyable. Give it as a gift to a reading companion.

JessicaGma Jan 09, 2020

This was a great read for many reasons - 1920s setting, took place in Mexico, a whole set of deities I was unfamiliar with, and lovely prose. It's a definite fairy tale, but so well measured and written. If you like Naomi Novik's new versions of fairy tales, this is a perfect pick for you.

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rixonkj
Dec 28, 2019

This story is so lovely. True to Moreno-Garcia's Mexican roots in tone/prose and drawn-from-the-Popol-Vuh mythical context, this is a great story for anyone who likes fantasy, coming of age stories, and/or Mexico!

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 02, 2020

CORI D. MORRIS thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Caryn
Aug 09, 2019

Caryn thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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bibliochola
Apr 02, 2020

A heroic young woman, a quest, a handsome fallen god, magic & mayhem set in post-revolutionary 1920s Mexico woven with fantastic Mayan cosmology. What's not to love?!

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Caryn
Aug 09, 2019

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. Then one day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather's room, 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.

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Professorhedgehog
Feb 12, 2020

Violence: Mentions of murder and suicide, a character commits suicide

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