Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Gods of Jade and Shadow

The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers of The Song of Achilles and Uprooted.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. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own. Yet th...

Details Gods of Jade and Shadow

TitleGods of Jade and Shadow
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Mythology, Adult

Reviews Gods of Jade and Shadow

  • Rebecca Roanhorse
    Oh, my heart! So, so very good. This is a evocative and moving fairy-tale about a downtrodden girl and the Maya God of Death and how they both find each other and their humanity together. Moreno-Garcia consistently knows how to find my heartstrings and pull them - not in a sappy way but in quiet moments of vulnerability and honesty. Her vision of 1920's Mexico and, more strikingly, the Maya Underworld, are vivid and enchanting and bring the story...
  • Bookteafull (Danny)
    Oh my goodness, do you yourself a favor and purchase this when it gets published in August! 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 che...
  • Amy Imogene Reads
    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 the most anticipated 2019 YA fantasy releases living up to its expectations. Let’s have more Mexican/Mayan inspired fantasy?! Review to come! Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group -Ballantine via NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
  • Racheal
    I really liked this one! It's a standalone fantasy set in Mexico in the 1920s, and it follows a young woman who's a servant in her grandfather's home until one day when she's left behind while the rest of the household goes on a daytrip and she decides to open the locked chest that's always been at the foot of her grandfather's bed. Thinking to find gold or something to help her escape her life of drudgery, she instead ends up releasing the Mayan...
  • Allison
    *HEART ACHE* THIS IS SO AMAZING. If you're at all into anything achy with mortals and immortals and a fairy tale feel .......... THIS IS FOR YOU.Just absolutely fantastic and so gorgeous.
  • Becca | Pages & Postcards
    This was so unique! I really enjoyed it. Full review to come closer to the publication date.ARC received via Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.BLOG ~ INSTAGRAM ~ TWITTER
  • Anna At A Wondrous Bookshelf
    In 1920s Mexico, Caseopea lived a very unhappy life cleaning floors of her wealthy grandfather and dreaming of a better life away from her chores. One day she comes across a mysterious wooden box and accidently frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death who takes her on a journey in hopes of regaining back his throne from his treacherous brother.Part Jane Eyre and part Cinderella story, Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow is a beautiful fan...
  • John Mendez
    GoodreadsWebsiteGenres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology, Adult, YA, Romance, Fairy Tale, Urban Fantasy, Alternative History, Literary FantasySimilar books: War for the Oaks, Obsidian and Blood Trilogy, Bear and the Nightingale, Grim Fandango (Game)Previous books in the series/by the author reviewed: NoneRating: Highly Recommended if you want to read a 1920's Mexico Urban Fantasy with a strong Romance PlotlineHere's the TL;DR for my review ...
  • Jessica ☕
    This is the kind of book that consumes you while it is being read. At the same time vibrant and melancholy, thrilling and introspective, it lodges in your sternum and sits there like a weight after you finish. 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...
  • Andrea
    (Spoiler Free)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...
  • Isabel
    Loosely inspired by the Maya epic Popol Vuh, this book follows the exploits of Casiopea, a girl living in southern Mexico in the 1920s, when she accidentally frees the Maya god of death/lord of Xibalba from a curse. She embarks with him on a quest across Mexico to take win his throne from his treacherous twin brother. I adored the colorful snapshots of different cities in the 1920s (Casiopea's journey takes us from her town in the Yucatán to Mé...
  • Sarah
    Gods of Jade and Shadow is a gorgeous book! Steeped in Mayan mythology and the zeitgeist of Mexico’s Jazz Age, the book has an amazing sense of place and diversity of cultural referents. Casiopea is a scrappy, likeable heroine; Hun-Kamé is deliciously dark and mysterious; and even Martín, Casiopea’s cousin and foil, is quite complex and compelling in his own right. I’m definitely excited to read more by Silvia Moreno-Garcia!I received an ...
  • Anabel
    This mini-review is based on the ARC, which I received for the ECCC Fantasy Book Club event. We had the opportunity to share our feedback with the marketing team and editor.The tone shifts and relationship really detracted from the story for me. It felt like the editing had just gone through it's initial rounds, and definitely needing a lot more tightening. Some parts really carry the "YA for late middle school" vibe, while others suddenly ran a ...
  • Rachel Leigh
    This ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As he straightened up, his eyes all darkness, a curious thing happened. The speck did not fade, instead turning vermillion, and it lodged behind those dark eyes, unseen. But Xibalba, so intimately connected to its lord, must have seen, must have known. Xibalba sensed the echo of this silent goodbye. The Book Casiopea Tun is the granddaughter of a sickly miser, treated like a s...
  • booksneedcaffeinetoo
    The things you name do grow in power, but others that are not ever whispered claw at one's heart anyways, rip it to shreds even if a syllable does not escape the lips. This book was one I have been dying to read ever since I saw that beautiful cover and learned it included Mayan mythology. Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed the plot and Gods of Jade and Shadow had one of the most s...
  • David
    A breathtaking tale of liberation that blends Jazz Age Mexico with Maya myth. The journey that Casiopea Tun and the god Hun-Kamé take together leaves them both forever changed ... and the reader as well. Get this book, guys.