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Dusty small town in southern Mexico A life she can call her own of Jade and PDFEPUB #233 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 Failur 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 Yucat n 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 Yucat n 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 Kam 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

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The Mayan god of death sends Jade and PDF #9734 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 Gods of PDF or 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 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 Mart n 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 Mart n 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

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E 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 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


10 thoughts on “Gods of Jade and Shadow

  1. says:

    Five in the love of Mayan Gods or in the most charismatic and attractive Hun kame we trust What an amazing vivid joyful fast pacing perfectly described one cup of mythology and two cups of Mexican culture and his

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    i enjoyed this a lot than i thought i would im really into reading stories inspired by mythology that im not very

  6. says:

    ‘’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 fat

  7. says:

    A Mayan inspired fable set in Jazz Era Mexico Channeling her inner Cinderella Casiopea Tun is tidying up her Gran

  8. says:

    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 o

  9. says:

    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

  10. says:

    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

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