Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Inspired by the Popol Vuh, Moreno-Garcia’s Gods of Jade and Shadow is a dazzling coming of age/ alchemic transformation story steeped in the rich mythology of the ancient Maya.

I adored this book! I have copies of both the Popol Vuh and the Chilam Balam. As an archaeologist and a lover of mythology, this was perfect! Hun-Kame was my favorite character by far. I loved seeing him change as he begins absorbing human traits from his link with Casiopea. His cold aloofness begins to give way to human emotions. I also really liked Loray, who reminded me in some ways of Crowley from Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. To be fair, the entire story is reminiscent of Gaiman’s works.

This is a story of family and forgiveness, of sacrifice, loyalty, and honor. Despite everything that happened between Hun-Kame and Vucub-Kame, between Casiopea and Martín, Casiopea found forgiveness for her cousin, and whether it was through example, blood influence, or both, Hun-Kame found forgiveness for his brother. Things changed for all, in a manner none had expected, and definitely for the better.

My favorite parts by far were when we got to see Xibalba. This has long been a mythic place that fascinates me. Moreno-Garcia does a magnificent job of bringing it to life. I do wish a pronunciation guide had been included. Many of the Mayan words, Xibalba prominent among them, are unusual. Highly recommended!!

Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 352 pages
Publisher Del Rey
Publish Date 2019-07-23
ISBN 9780525620754
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Issue August 2019
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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