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Gods of Jade and Shadow (original 2019; udgave 2019)

af Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Forfatter)

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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 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)… (mere)
Medlem:KayKay94
Titel:Gods of Jade and Shadow
Forfattere:Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Forfatter)
Info:Del Rey (2019), Edition: 1st Edition, 352 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Historical fantasy story about a young woman, Casiopea, who lives her life in service of her grandfather and only male cousin. Her low status originates from her native heritage from the other side of her family. Casiopea opens a secret chest owned by her grandfather, releasing a Mayan God. The story is fast paced with Caseopea and Hun-Kamé on a quest to restore the God, before confronting his brother who betrayed and imprisoned him. The writing is very engaging and I enjoyed learning about Mayan mythology. The book includes a glossary which helps readers who are unfamiliar with the culture. I found that some parts, particularly the ending, moved too quickly and I wanted more. I enjoyed Moreno-Garcia's writing and intend to read her other works. ( )
  vahankinson | May 20, 2021 |
While I was somewhat aware of Moreno-Garcia as a writer of fantasy, I'm not aware of having read anything of theirs before. This is a Mayan inspired high fantasy (although of the personal rather than political) with a protagonist who managed to be a hero because she knows the power of stories, and how they are meant to work.

Sub-themes of the value of family, the abuses of power that happen within them, and the value of forgiveness over vengeance.

There are some quite confronting scenes, and the gods are truly not human, even when the characters and/or reader might expect them to be more so.

The writing is superb, the plot tightly knit, and the world-building wondrous. The characters manage to (mostly) appeal, even though they aren't particularly nice people, and there is a clear delineation of the good as the side we are on and the bad as the side we are not. ( )
  fred_mouse | May 15, 2021 |
A poor indigenous girl becomes beholden to a Mayan god of death and travels across Mexico to find his missing body parts.

I loved the endlessly rich mythological details but the main premise of the story is pretty typical (MacGuffin collecting quest!). Perfectly serviceable escapist fantasy. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
A great, light modern myth or fairytale with a strong narrative voice. If you like these kinds of stories, this book is for you.

What I loved
- The setting: 1920s Mexico and Mayan mythology.
- All the classic fairytale elements: mean non-humans (and not-so-mean ones), a protagonist coming into her own, a rags-to-riches story, quests, humans coming in contact with a mythlogical world etc.
- The writing and narrative voice fit the mythological/fairytale theme very well.
- The fact that the classic fairytale elements were modernized.
- The heroine. I thought she was a believable and likeable character in a fairytale story.
- I had a feeling for how the story would end in general, but I kept guessing how they would get there, which I consider a plus.
- The ending. I suspect some people will not like it, but I loved it. Here's why: The gods are clearly depicted as not caring about humans and a happy end for the blossoming romance between Casiopeia and Hun-Kamé would have been her exchanging one bad master for another. I even think it is made pretty clear throughout the book that this would not be a happy ending for her. I love that the book ends with her out on her own, not with a lover, in the comapny of a colourful character that might become her friend, off on a road trip. That's a great, optimistic ending for me. ( )
  ImaginarySpace | May 3, 2021 |
I devoured this—a bit of American Gods meets the Maya pantheon, set in 1920s Mexico, part love story and part supernatural quest, and entirely up my alley. ( )
  krtierney | Mar 19, 2021 |
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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 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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