Gods Of Jade And Shadow By Silvia Moreno Garcia [Review]

Gods of Jade and ShadowRELEASE DATE: July 23th 2019 
Silvia Moreno Garcia
     Adult,   Fantasy, Adventure, Mythology.

Here we shall begin to tell a story: a tale of a throne lost, of monsters and magic. A tale of gods and of the shadow realm. But this, our story, it begins in our world, in the land of mortals.

It begins with a woman. For this story, it is her story. It begins with her.

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.

Mixing the excitement of the Roaring Twenties with Prehispanic mythology, Gods of Jade and Shadow is a vivid, wildly imaginative historical fantasy.


MY REV (Copy)

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“Words are seeds, Casiopea. With words you embroider narratives, and the narratives breed myths, and there’s power in the myth. Yes, the things you name have power.”

I liked Silvia Morena’s Certain Dark Things, but honestly it isn’t one of my favorite Vampire books. When I heard about her new release which was inspired by Mayan Mythology, I was very much intrigued. I absolutely loved that gorgeous cover. It’s so artsy and colorful. So, What do I think about this book? Well, It was a wonderful journey. I’ve zero knowledge about Mayan History and their culture but I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and I didn’t want it to end. Besides the amazing world building, the characters were definitely the best thing. I loved both Casiopea and  Hun-Kamé. They’re amazing!

“Fear is generous and does not exclusively lodge in the hearts of mortals.”

The story follows Eighteen Year Old Casiopea Tun who accidentally releases the Mayan God of death Hun-Kamé who’s also the rightful ruler of the Underworld Xibaba. The newly awakened god is weakened because of his long time imprisonment. To get back his strength, Hun Kame needs Casiopea’s help. Casiopea is reluctant to help the arrogant God but denying him will result in her death. She was always treated as a servant in her grandfather’s house, so with this new opportunity she would make her own life by helping the god reclaim his throne. During their Journey, Hun-Kamé starts to show human emotions which he’s unfamiliar with. If he doesn’t get back his powers in time, he might turn into a human forever.

“Anyone who expects sweetness from the grave is a fool…”

Casiopea Tun is a pretty tough character who’s brave, stubborn, smart, and fierce. She was raised like a servant in her grandfather’s house and often abused and bullied by her cousin Martin. Her character might remind you of Cinderella but she’s definitely not that. I absolutely loved her journey with the death god. If you like Sassy heroines then you’ll definitely like her. Hun-Kamé is an arrogant god who thinks Humans are beneath him but he was not a cruel being. I loved his arrogance and his mysterious personality. The relationship between Casiopea and Hun-Kamé was a slow burn and well developed. I enjoyed their every heartfelt conversations. Romance isn’t really the central focus in this book, but I still had fun reading it. I quite enjoyed their journey till the end. The secondary characters were also interesting.  We have Casiopea’s cousin Martin, and Hun-Kamé’s twin brother who betrayed him. Besides the main characters, I also enjoyed reading the story from their perspectives.

“Mortals have always been frightened of the night’s velvet embrace and the creatures that walk in it, and yet they find themselves mesmerized by it.”

The plot was compelling and engaging. It has a slow start, but things get interesting after Casiopea releases the death god. This whole book is all about their adventures and quests. It’s not an action packed read but it’ll keep you hooked till the end. It overall felt like a fairytale read with mythical elements and I enjoyed every part of it. The pacing was perfect and I loved the author’s beautiful writing style. It was vivid and easy enough to understand. The multiple perspectives brought more insight to the story. The world building was fantastic. The story was set in 1920’s Mexico city (Jazz Era) incorporated with Mayan mythology and folklore. The author’s words brought life to this tale. It was easy to imagine the world, the culture, and the atmosphere she had built. I also enjoyed exploring the underworld of Xibabwa.

“She was but a girl from nowhere. Let the heroes save the world, save kings who must regain their crowns. Live, live, she wanted to live, and there was a way.”

Overall, this was a great stand-alone read! The ending left me a little bit sad but I also feel that it was a perfect ending because it was very much realistic. It’s a stand-alone read but I wish we had more stories from this world. Anyways, I’ll look forward to the author’s next magical read.

Recommend it?

I highly recommend this book if you’re into adult fantasy books filled with adventure, mythology, quests, and a dash of romance. I think it is also suitable for younger readers who are above 16+


[4/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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21 thoughts on “Gods Of Jade And Shadow By Silvia Moreno Garcia [Review]

  1. confessionsofayareader September 25, 2019 / 1:56 am

    Great review and now I want to buy it! I already loved the cover and I’ve been wanting to read some Mayan mythology books. I just ordered a bunch of stuff, but I’m writing this down for next time. 🙂

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  2. Melanie (TBR and Beyond) September 25, 2019 / 3:44 am

    Fantastic review as always! I have heard such good things about this one and seeing that you enjoyed it as well – I might have to pick this one up at some point~!


  3. Aislynn d'Merricksson September 25, 2019 / 12:13 pm

    Great review! I loved this book! So much so that I got a hardcopy even though I have it on Kindle.

    I agree. The ending is perfect. Even moreso because I am familiar with Mayan myth. That’s one reason I wanted to read this. I like it when books explore less common mythologies.

    My fave was Loray! He’s a cheeky demon but he’s got a good heart. I do wish he’d had a bigger part, but I love the ending with him!


  4. anovelglimpse September 25, 2019 / 8:44 pm

    The blurb of this one is so interesting! I am not familiar with Mayan mythology, but it sounds fascinating. I was happy to see it worked out for you, even if it was slow to start. Great review!


  5. Beware Of The Reader September 25, 2019 / 9:52 pm

    Well Raven that’s good that your review is enthusiastic because I for one don’t like the cover at all (don’t hit me please) and I would never have contemplated giving this book a chance before your review!


  6. Jen September 26, 2019 / 12:47 am

    I love sassy heroines and slow burn romances! But a sad ending, ack, I don’t know if my heart could handle that. I’m super intrigued but I desperately need my books to have couples be HEA or at the very least a HFN. ♥


  7. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer September 27, 2019 / 5:42 am

    I actually don’t particularly love the cover as it reminds me of old fashioned murder mystery covers, but I understand why others love it. I thought the mix in the blurb was odd to me so didn’t even think about picking it up. I’m glad you loved it so much Raven! I will have to take a second look and maybe get it from the library eventually. ❤️


    • Aislynn d'Merricksson September 28, 2019 / 7:18 pm

      It isn’t my fave cover by far, but it does evoke a sense of the Gilded Age, which is perfect since that’s the era it’s set in. Gilded Age merged with Mayan aesthetics that is 😆

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  8. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall September 28, 2019 / 9:43 am

    Lovely review! It’s so nice to hear that you enjoyed this one! I don’t have any knowledge about Mayan mythology, so it’s great to know that you were able to enjoy it so much, in spite of not having much background knowledge on the subject. Casiopea Tun sounds like such an exciting character, and I can never say no to sassy heroines. Haha.

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  9. fictionnochaser October 2, 2019 / 6:36 pm

    Great review Raven!
    This sounds like a gorgeous book and I love the idea of a setting with Mayan history/mythology.
    Add in a sassy heroine? I’m with you and I need to read this ASAP. Love the way you broke this down.

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  10. Lindsi October 3, 2019 / 9:15 pm

    I wanted to read this book as soon as it mentioned Mayan mythology! I look mythological books, and Mayan mythology isn’t one you see too often in books. Like you, I thought the book started off a little slow, but it really picks up once she releases him from the box.

    Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions October 12, 2019 / 1:16 am

      I also like Mythological books and this book was so much fun to read! It’s too bad that it’s a standalone novel. I wish there’s more books inspired by Mayan Mythology.


  11. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate October 8, 2019 / 12:26 am

    You had me intrigued with your review, Raven! Especially the sad, realistic ending bit… Hmm. I did hear wonderful things about this book so of course I’d been debating whether to give in to the hype and pick it up or wait for it to die down and then venture into it. But I might as well! When I get the time – because I have October completely booked with paranormal and witchy reads!
    Still, wonderful review ❤ I love the concept of a girl and the god of death going on adventures together hahaha

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions October 12, 2019 / 1:18 am

      I really hope you give this a shot, Sophie! It was a fun read! I think you’ll like both the MC’s in the book. Thank you! I hope you have a great reading in October 😊


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