Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow

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"The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore. 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 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 requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea's demise, but success could make her dreams come true.In 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 underworld."--
The Jazz Age is in full swing. Casiopea Tun cleans the floors of her wealthy grandfather's house and dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own. When 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 requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea's demise, but success could make her dreams come true. The odyssey takes her from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City-- and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525620754
0525620753
Branch Call Number: SCI-FIC MORENO-GAR 2019
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 25 cm

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A dark fairy tale inspired by folklore is set against the Jazz age in Mexico's underworld, where a young dreamer is sent by the Mayan God of Death on a life-changing journey.


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SFPL_danielay Sep 17, 2019

The story of a young women accidentally setting free a god and then going on a magical quest is nothing new but then myths and fairy tales rarely are. What makes this novel stand out is the main character, Cassiopeia Tun, who is done being pushed around be it by her family or by the gods and the Mayan mythology setting which many readers may not be familiar with.

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eileenlufkin
Aug 11, 2019

On my for later list because James says "As you might guess, I liked Casiopea. I also enjoyed the polished prose of this novel. Moreno-Garcia has published only four novels to date and all of them are worth reading."

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Caryn
Aug 09, 2019

Marvellous story. A Cinderella of a heroine in 1920s Mexico ends up helping a Mayan god against his brother. It's hopeful, honest, and almost told like a fairy tale while being gritty and very real. Highly recommended.

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ker0wyn
Jun 24, 2019

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 unwittingly releases the Mayan god Hun-Kamé and becoming inextricably linked with him until he can take back the throne of Xibalba (the Mayan underworld) from his treacherous, power-hungry brother.

This really ran away with my imagination! It has absolutely fascinating ideas and an amazing sense of place, both with the Mexican spin on the flapper-era as well as with all the interesting Mayan trappings. It also really stirred up my curiosity to learn more about the Yucatan, Mayan history, and the various Mexican wars and rebellions of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

My one criticism is that the book is written in a very matter-of-fact tone which sometimes prevents it from building up a sense of passion or urgency. Overall, though, I found tons of other things to love here!

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Aug 09, 2019

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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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