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Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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2 reviews

Imprint: Jo Fletcher Books
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Publication date: 23 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781529402636

The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore. A vivid, wildly imaginative historical fantasy for fans of Katherine Arden and Naomi Novik.

4 stars out of 5
9 Aug 2019

"a richly picaresque adventure"

In the finest fairytale tradition, the god promises to fulfil Casiopea’s dreams if she will help him regain his missing body parts and resume his rightful place on the throne of Xibalba, the Mayan underworld. There follows a richly picaresque adventure as Casiopea and Hun-Kamé travel around Mexico on the god’s quest. This is a moving description of a young girl’s coming of age and a seamless fusion of the real and the magical.


3 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
27 Jul 2019

"Silvia Moreno-Garcia writes with verve and the Mayan mythology she draws on is fascinating"

Casiopea is a memorable heroine with “a knack for quiet insurrection”. One day she accidentally awakens a Mayan god of death, the urbane and gorgeous Hun-Kamé, Lord of Shadows. Cassiopea accompanies the god through the delights and colours of jazz age Mexico in a quest to help him to recover his throne from his treacherous brother. This is all a bit whimsical for my tastes, but Silvia Moreno-Garcia writes with verve and the Mayan mythology she draws on is fascinating.