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Gods of Jade and Shadow: a perfect blend of fantasy, mythology and… (original 2019; edition 2019)

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Author)

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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. "A spellbinding fairy tale rooted in Mexican mythology . . . Gods of Jade and Shadow is a magical fairy tale about identity, freedom, and love, and it's like nothing you've read before."--Bustle NEBULA AWARD FINALIST * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR * Tordotcom * The New York Public Library * BookRiot 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. Praise for Gods of Jade and Shadow "A dark, dazzling fairy tale . . . a whirlwind tour of a 1920s Mexico vivid with jazz, the memories of revolution, and gods, demons, and magic."--NPR "Snappy dialog, stellar worldbuilding, lyrical prose, and a slow-burn romance make this a standout. . . . Purchase where Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, and N. K. Jemisin are popular."--Library Journal (starred review) "A magical novel of duality, tradition, and change . . . Moreno-Garcia's seamless blend of mythology and history provides a ripe setting for Casiopea's stellar journey of self-discovery, which culminates in a dramatic denouement. Readers will gladly immerse themselves in Moreno-Garcia's rich and complex tale of desperate hopes and complicated relationships."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)… (more)
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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2019)

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That was a lot of fun. I'm glad I dumped the audiobook and finished in print. I'd happily see this movie. ( )
  IVLeafClover | Jun 21, 2022 |
Not the ending I anticipated. Most excellent. ( )
  KittyCunningham | May 3, 2022 |
Mayan Mythology Story Base

Note: check the glossary at the end while reading as many word meanings are not easily found. I found it at the end, although most words are understandable from context.

Imaginatively written story with beautiful, figurative language. Symbolism throughout. Fanciful Cinderella story with a more modern ending. ( )
  WiseOwlFactory | Feb 20, 2022 |
I really wanted to love this as I love all the elements that went into it, but the narrator somehow made it somewhat boring and my mind would wander. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Feb 20, 2022 |
Moreno-Garcia was trying to do something in the story where she explicitly foreshadowed what was going to happen (especially with regards to the romance), but there wasn't enough emotion in the actual happenings for me to care. An interesting idea that didn't quite work.

I really liked the race through Xilbaba, though. ( )
  Tikimoof | Feb 17, 2022 |
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But what the lords wished was that they should not discover their names.

- Popol Vuh, translated into English by
Delia Goetz and Sylvanus Griswold Morley
from the work by Adrian Recinos
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Para mis abuelas, Goyita y Rosa. Otros mundos, otros sueños.
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Some people are born under a lucky star, while others have their misfortune telegraphed by the position of the planets.
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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. "A spellbinding fairy tale rooted in Mexican mythology . . . Gods of Jade and Shadow is a magical fairy tale about identity, freedom, and love, and it's like nothing you've read before."--Bustle NEBULA AWARD FINALIST * NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR * Tordotcom * The New York Public Library * BookRiot 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. Praise for Gods of Jade and Shadow "A dark, dazzling fairy tale . . . a whirlwind tour of a 1920s Mexico vivid with jazz, the memories of revolution, and gods, demons, and magic."--NPR "Snappy dialog, stellar worldbuilding, lyrical prose, and a slow-burn romance make this a standout. . . . Purchase where Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, and N. K. Jemisin are popular."--Library Journal (starred review) "A magical novel of duality, tradition, and change . . . Moreno-Garcia's seamless blend of mythology and history provides a ripe setting for Casiopea's stellar journey of self-discovery, which culminates in a dramatic denouement. Readers will gladly immerse themselves in Moreno-Garcia's rich and complex tale of desperate hopes and complicated relationships."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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