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N 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 demi. 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 জামশেদ মুস্তফির হাড় 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 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 i. 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 history three cups of author s unbelievably impeccable and detailed imagination mixed into a fantastic journey stars I insist to give too many awards to this book let s start our award ceremony Carlos Santana made its opening by singing Black Magic Woman which fits perfectly to this book We don t have a host they dropped their gig before the ceremony Shame on them Best heroine APPLAUSE FOR CA SI O PEA She is defiant straightforward honest smart sarcastic born and raised fighter kind of badass heroine From the beginning of the book she steals your heart You detest the unfairness she had to endure You want her have a better future opportunities You want to encourage her screaming Come on girl you can do whatever you put on your brilliant mind Finally she meets with a God and her story suddenly changes Best hero GOD half Godhalf human RAISE YOU HANDS TO CLAP our blazing God Hun Kame At first he was pretentious obnoxious show off guy who had no sense of humor but as soon as he started to turn into human and learned how to smile your heart completely warns and you start to root for him BEST CHEMISTRY AND BEST COUPLE Casiopea and Hun Kame had hot and cold kind of slow burn romantic relationship but their sizzling pant dropping kind of chemistry was undeniable There was a little obstacle You cannot choose a God as your love interest right BEST DESPICABLE VILLAIN Martin is the evil cousin I detested too much because of his nasty behavior treating so unfairly to Casiopea I loved the parts of the story narrated by him Reading his side of story will soften your feelings about him but it still doesn t justify his wrongdoings You only pity on him a little because he was also a victim but the victimization turned him into a bitter and mean boyBEST CLASSIC TERRIFYING VILLIAN Let s boo and throw all the tomatoes and eggs to his face Vucub Kame is evil brother who is power thirsty selfish ruthless detesting soulless villain You ask yourself what kind of God is he And why the Gods are depicted as the harshest and merciless beings BEST SUPPORTING DEVIL WE KNOW Loray Loray Hurray Isn t he reminded of us Tom Ellis Lucifer portrait I was waiting for him to call Casiopea Detective in British accent And don t forget his raven positioned on his shoulder This is vivid remarkable and entertaining character BEST STORY TELLING I just imagine every place scene by scene like I was watching a movie and seeing different views from the cities It was like so real tangible vivid colorful BEST ending It was a little heartbreaking but it gives some vibes there might be seuel coming Please please I want to read Casiopea I m so curious about her future stories As a summary If you want to take a mythological entertaining historical trip get your ticket sorry your copy of book and join the incredible journey of Casiopea and Hun Kame You won t regret any second of it Better than lying on the beachbloginstagramfacebooktwitter The Last Runaway 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 i. Five in the love of Mayan Gods or in the most charismatic and attractive Hun kame we trust What an amazing vivid On Tidy Endings joyful fast pacing perfectly described one cup of mythology and two cups of Mexican culture and history three cups of author s unbelievably impeccable and detailed imagination mixed into a fantastic Flat World Navigation journey stars I insist to give too many awards to this book let s start our award ceremony Carlos Santana made its opening by singing Black Magic Woman which fits perfectly to this book We don t have a host they dropped their gig before the ceremony Shame on them Best heroine APPLAUSE FOR CA SI O PEA She is defiant straightforward honest smart sarcastic born and raised fighter kind of badass heroine From the beginning of the book she steals your heart You detest the unfairness she had to endure You want her have a better future opportunities You want to encourage her screaming Come on girl you can do whatever you put on your brilliant mind Finally she meets with a God and her story suddenly changes Best hero GOD half Godhalf human RAISE YOU HANDS TO CLAP our blazing God Hun Kame At first he was pretentious obnoxious show off guy who had no sense of humor but as soon as he started to turn into human and learned how to smile your heart completely warns and you start to root for him BEST CHEMISTRY AND BEST COUPLE Casiopea and Hun Kame had hot and cold kind of slow burn romantic relationship but their sizzling pant dropping kind of chemistry was undeniable There was a little obstacle You cannot choose a God as your love interest right BEST DESPICABLE VILLAIN Martin is the evil cousin I detested too much because of his nasty behavior treating so unfairly to Casiopea I loved the parts of the story narrated by him Reading his side of story will soften your feelings about him but it still doesn t A House of My Own Stories from My Life justify his wrongdoings You only pity on him a little because he was also a victim but the victimization turned him into a bitter and mean boyBEST CLASSIC TERRIFYING VILLIAN Let s boo and throw all the tomatoes and eggs to his face Vucub Kame is evil brother who is power thirsty selfish ruthless detesting soulless villain You ask yourself what kind of God is he And why the Gods are depicted as the harshest and merciless beings BEST SUPPORTING DEVIL WE KNOW Loray Loray Hurray Isn t he reminded of us Tom Ellis Lucifer portrait I was waiting for him to call Casiopea Detective in British accent And don t forget his raven positioned on his shoulder This is vivid remarkable and entertaining character BEST STORY TELLING I Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, just imagine every place scene by scene like I was watching a movie and seeing different views from the cities It was like so real tangible vivid colorful BEST ending It was a little heartbreaking but it gives some vibes there might be seuel coming Please please I want to read Casiopea I m so curious about her future stories As a summary If you want to take a mythological entertaining historical trip get your ticket sorry your copy of book and El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro join the incredible Fragonard Art and Eroticism journey of Casiopea and Hun Kame You won t regret any second of it Better than lying on the beachbloginstagramfacebooktwitter

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Se 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. 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 Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworldAlternate cover edition of ISBN 9780525620754. 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

  • Hardcover
  • 338
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • English
  • 03 March 2018
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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



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 hist

  2. says:

    Update the sexual tension between me and leaving my mortal name behind to walk into the woods and lay facedown on

  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 book follows Cassiopeia Tun the ‘poor relations’ granddaughter of a small town patriarch in the Y

  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 I was sitting at a wooden table listening to a Mexican grandma telling me a story of her childhood while wrappi

  5. says:

    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 r

  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 situat

  7. says:

    A Mayan inspired fable set in Jazz Era Mexico Channeling her inner Cinderella Casiopea Tun is tidying up her Grandfather's living uart

  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 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 wo

  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 the story of Casiopea a girl growing up in rural Mexico in the early 1900s who discovers a chest of

  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 f

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