Gods of Jade and Shadow
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Mythology
Page Count: 384
Published by: Del Rey Books
Date Published: February 18, 2020
You can find it here: Bookshop.org
It’s the late 1920s in a small Mexican town and Cassiopeia Tun lives a life of servitude to her cruel family until she inadvertently wakes the spirit of the God of Death. Hun-Kame was betrayed by his twin brother, (with the help of Cassiopeia’s grandfather), and now Cassiopeia must venture with him to find his missing ear, finger, necklace and eye in order to become whole again and retake his throne of the Underworld.
I read Gods of Jade and Shadow last summer and it remains one of the strangest (in a good way) genre smash-ups I’ve read! A combination of dark fairytale, Mexican folklore, history, a love story, an empowering leading lady, and fantastic imagery. It is the guaranteed fix to shake up the doldrum of similar reads.
But honestly when I finished this I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about it (check out the review), so why am I picking this? Because I STILL think about it! Its brilliance and its uniqueness continue to stand out as one of the most interesting books I’ve ever read. Give yourself some time with this and I know you’ll be caught in its spell.
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