89. (June 2020) Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


After flirting with Red Mars for a bit, I've settled on Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moren0-Garcia. The blurb says:

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.

I was attracted to it when I read Book Page's description: "The ever-wonderful Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s superb world building and lush prose bring Jazz Age Mexico to life in this stunning historical fantasy that plays with archetypes from Greek and Mayan mythology alike."

Book Marks, a book review aggregator, gives it a "Rave" meta-review. https://bookmarks.reviews/reviews/gods-of-jade-and-shadow/

Amazon has it for $11.99 Kindle, $12.69 paperback, and $18.43 hardback. https://smile.amazon.com/Gods-Jade-Shadow-Silvia-Moreno-Garcia-ebook/dp/B07KDX5NTF

If you prefer to support local booksellers, Book Shop has it for $11.99 e-book, not sure what format(s), (https://bookshop.papertrell.com/purchase.aspx?isbn=9780525620761&shelfid=cc543536-bfa0-466b-a9b4-6742b5d46f68) and $14.72 paperback (https://bookshop.org/books/gods-of-jade-and-shadow/9780525620778).


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