Gods of Jade and Shadow

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Genre: Novel
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Year: 2019
Illustrator: Cover art Daniel Pelavin
ASIN: 0525620753
ISBN: 9780525620754

The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

About the Book

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.

Published in the US by Del Rey and by Quercus in the UK.
Endorsements
"Simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-mending, Gods of Jade and Shadow is a wondrous and magical tale about choosing our own path. I felt weepy and happy and hopeful when I finished - everything you want to feel at the end of a great story."
– Kevin Hearne, New York Times-bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles
"An evocative and moving fairy-tale about a downtrodden girl and the Mayan God of Death and how they both find each other and their humanity together . . . Loved it. Highly recommend."
– Rebecca Roanhorse, author of Trail of Lightning
Silvia Moreno-Garcia's prose is like the best kind of fairytale - dark, enchanting, and makes you wish that you could live within its pages. Casiopea's journey belongs on every bookshelf
– Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of Labyrinth Lost
"Set in a lushly rendered and gorgeous world, this is historical fantasy at its best: a fresh, feminist coming-of-age tale that lets the ancient and the new meld and clash in a tale you can't put down."
– S.A. Chakraborty, author of The City of Brass and The Kingdom of Copper
“A lush, bittersweet tale of courage, love and carving your own place in the world...Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s evocative prose will take you on an adventure for the mind and the heart.”
– Christina Henry, author of the bestselling Black Wings series
"A vibrant story of grit, giddiness, and glory with a protagonist whose personality burns bright as a star. Casiopea Tun will capture your heart and draw you into a jewel-toned world of myth-making and jazz music."
– Lara Elena Donnelly, author of the Amberlough Dossier