Gods of Jade and Shadow is a little different than my usual fantasy choices – I don’t tend to read fantasy based in our real world Earth – and I was not disappointed. The journey of Casiopea Tun is one I found myself readily investing in and just as at-first rude & lofty god Hun-Kamé softens and grows on Casiopea so does he too with the reader.
The quest they embark upon doesn’t have great odds and along the way they meet demons, ghosts, spirits, witches, warlocks and Lords of Death. Hun-Kamé seeks to restore his power and himself to the throne of Xibalba (a form of Underworld in Mayan history) but he needs Casiopea’s help to do so. She is stuck living with her awful racist family who treat her with cruelty and disdain – she wants to escape and the time she spends with Hun-Kamé becomes some of the most vibrant and exciting days of her life; even with all the threat, dread and sacrfice.
It is set in the 1920s so some of the prose and dialogue is suitably antiquated; if you’re not used to reading historical fiction it might take a little bit to get used to (like me) but it is worth it. This is a wonderful story that will teach you a few little snippets of Mexican and Mayan history along the way. Don’t worry, you don’t need to know anything special in advance as Moreno-Garcia not only guides us beautifully through the narrative but includes a handy Glossary at the end of the book too.Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars