A whip-smart Cinderella gets tangled up in a 1920s jazz-age epic that brings Mayan mythology to life.
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Why I love it
S. A. Chakraborty
Author, The City of Brass
From the moment I spotted the phrase “the Mayan god of death in the Jazz Age,” I knew I needed to get my hands on Gods of Jade and Shadow. I’ve always been a fan of historical fantasy, and there’s little I love more than seeing ancient figures thrown into a more modern world. Add in a stunning cover, hints of a rags-to-riches protagonist, and a journey to the Underworld? I was sold.
But this wondrously written book is so much more than that. The story follows Casiopea Tun, who, in an attempt to escape her grandfather’s home, inadvertently links up with a Mayan god eager to take back his throne. Soon she finds herself on a death-defying adventure, and experiencing the equally terrifying prospect of first love.
This is both a classic fairy tale—the mysterious box, the alluring figure offering the promise of a new beginning—and a fresh, coming-of-age journey that lets Casiopea be at once fierce and frightened, larger-than-life yet human. Casiopea leaps from the page, her hopes and dreams clashing with the life of servitude her power-hungry relatives have forced her into. With some of the best—and eerie!—imagery I’ve ever read and an ending that left me both hopeful and heartbroken, this is a book I’ll be gushing over for a very long time.
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.
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New York, NY
Amazing, evocative, heartbreaking read. The mythology surrounding the story is captivating. ￼￼￼Cassiopia is an amazing female protagonist — ￼headstrong, not quite fearless but close, and big-hearted.
I do not typically enjoy fantasy, but this story grabbed me on the first page! Caseopia is such a bad bitch- amazing character & i fell in love with Hun-Kamé. I absolutely loved the ending. ????????????????
A journey with “simple” Caseopia and a God, a blackroad, a rude family;pulled at my heart and was also captivated by the underworld and its inhabitants. Enjoyed characters immensely! Hard to put down!
Rochester , NY
I loved this!! My favorite BOTM yet. The character development is amazing, the story takes you on a turn you don’t expect & the Mayan mythology with its own spin is amazing. I couldn’t put this down.
I was immediately taken with the story once I began reading. Very descriptive and detailed, I enjoyed the imagination the book gave me, especially Casiopea’s final quest. Was pleased with the ending!
This book was a joy to read, knowing nothing about the Mayan gods, it was so interesting and setup so well. the flow of it,and the satisfying but unexpected ending was great. Can’t wait to read again!
Set in 1920’s Mexico with roots in Mayan mythology, this epic adventure will keep you loving and laughing until the very end! With wonderful characters who you will love to accompany on their journey!
I could not book this book down. Moreno-Garcia’s voice and characters are beautifully written and, as a Mexican, I truly enjoyed this adventure. It also made me want to know more about Mayan mythology
I love stories based on mythology and the Mayan mythology is new for me. I loved reading this adventure and budding love story. I think it was very well written and captivating. I couldn’t put it down
Washington , DC
This book wears many hats, and it wears them well. There’s a genre for any reader, who will be charmed by dynamic characters, sizzling chemistry, and poetic world-building to backdrop of 1920s Mexico.
Eagle River, AK
I absolutely loved this book. Moreno-Garcia makes Mexican folktale so approachable that you really feel like you are apart of the story. I’ve always loved myth retellings and this one is a must read!
San Marcos, TX
Cassiopeia, her stubborn attitude, and her unconventionality especially for the time is what make this novel so special. It isn’t cliche and it builds well, making you anxious to finish it! Loved it!
Crandall , TX
I know very little about mexican culture or folklore but I was hooked. I knew the relationship would become romantic but im glad it wasn’t the main focus. The book is immersive and dark but wonderful
Manchester , CT
Loooooved this book. It was unlike any book I’ve ever read. I really enjoyed learning more about Mexican mythology and watching the main character learn more about herself. What a magical fairy tale!
Salt Lake City , UT
Beautiful, rich imagery. Casiopea’s character is so strong and inspiring. Excellent tale inspired by Mexican folklore. The glossary and information about Mayan language was a beautiful added detail.
I have so much to say about this book that 200 characters aren't enough. Love how detailed it is without falling into boredom. It stimulated my brain to imagine a world I've never even thought before.
A beautifully written book. Mayan mythology mixed with the jazz age, something i never expected to work, but it did wonderfully. A book, at the end of the day, about the heart breaking truths of life.
Imagine the Odyssey set in 1920's Mexico but with a female lead character, that's Gods of Jade and Shadow in a very small nut shell. I loved the sweeping journey and fantastical nature of this story.
Atlanta , GA
This is by far one of the best books I've read in a while. One of those "it's so good I don't want it to end but I can't put it down" books. Moreno-Garcia is a genius. I'm running to read more of her
This book had me so enwrapped i couldnt break away love, adventure , and mayan mythology makes for a amazing ride you dont want to put down. Its a amazing read with well developed characters and story