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Gods of Jade and Shadow (original 2019; edição 2020)

por Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Autor)

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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)… (mais)
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Título:Gods of Jade and Shadow
Autores:Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Autor)
Informação:Del Rey (2020), Edition: Reprint, 384 pages
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I have trouble with magical realism and this book is no different. I just find the whole premise implausible and struggled to finish the book. None of the characters spoke to me. ( )
  DidIReallyReadThat | Oct 14, 2021 |
This story envelopes fantasy in a different way than most of the fantasy I read. It brings Mayan mythology and gods into our world. In that way it reminded me of [b:Circe|35959740|Circe|Madeline Miller|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1565909496l/35959740._SY75_.jpg|53043399], but not as well done.

Thus, my wishy-washy feelings. Going to split it into liked/did not like sections-starting with the first.

Why I liked it: I loved the character of Casiopea. She is a young girl in Mexico, during the 1920's. After the death of her father she and her mother are taken in, by her grandfather. He is a tyrant who never forgave his daughter for marrying below her station. Casiopea and her mother are treated more as servants than family. In this abusive environment Casiopea never loses hope that she may one day leave and find her adventure. One day while cleaning she opens a chest-and the adventure is suddenly offered to her. It is by no means a Cinderella story. [a:Silvia Moreno-Garcia|4088550|Silvia Moreno-Garcia|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1493169587p2/4088550.jpg] builds a character, who starts out as a young dreamer of girl and finishes the tale with a strong independent woman. 4 stars for that.

I also liked Garcia's descriptive prose of the 1920's and the border towns of Mexico. There were moments when I could close my eyes and feel the corruption of the casino's , the gaiety of the life night, the beauty of the women (and the men) who danced the night away.

In the last 3-4 chapters as the story is wrapping up-Casiopea is either heading for her end, or reaching out for the new beginning she wants so badly. Neither option will give her all she desires. My heart broke a bit for her and I did tear up. When a fantasy can make me cry, I cannot go lower than 3 1/2 stars for a rating.

What I did not like: I never got the attachment to any other character in the story. They were not all "bit players"-many had large story-lines and yet I was unable to latch on.

One thing that ticked me off: There was no indication of the book having a glossary. As an avid fantasy reader, yes I should know to check, I didn't. A short note before the story may have been a good idea. There was a lot of Mayan terminology, which slowed down my reading, so I could look up words. This would make a less determined reader shut down and throw the book into the DNF pile.

All in all it was a decent story, with a good ending and at least one character I could love. Based on that-rounding it up to 4 stars. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
this magic realism fantasy utilizes an interesting mix of genres: Mayan mythology (the Hero Twins and the Lords of Xibalba), set against a 1920s Mexican setting, and featuring a fairy tale heroic quest into the underworld on the Road to Xibalba. in atmosphere the writing achieves a kind of pulp feeling, with a nice sideline in evocative descriptive passages along the way. it all works together nicely to make an original and entertaining standalone work. ( )
  macha | Sep 16, 2021 |
Picked up because I read another book by this author and wanted to see how she handled fairy tales based in South American folklore. (Hint: she handled them pretty well.) ( )
  bookczuk | Aug 23, 2021 |
It’s a solid 3.5 but I didn’t love it enough to garner a 4.

This book was not at all on my radar until I read some lovely reviews recently. And then the gorgeous cover enticed me with its beautiful shades of purple and turquoise, and I couldn’t resist purchasing it. I was also fascinated to get to know a bit about Mayan mythology because it’s always such fun discovering new myths and legends.

This book is written in a style that I didn’t completely get - some sort of an omnipresent or omniscient way of writing which made it feel like the story was happening at a distance and I couldn’t get emotionally connected to it. But it is also very beautiful and poetic and has a very mythical, fairytale feel to it, which can make it a wonderful reading experience for someone who can appreciate it better than me. The author does a great job of describing the setting of 1920s Jazz Age Mexico with its new trends in fashion, fast paced automobiles and fancy rail transportation, the clash between modernity and religion. The author manages to excellently combine the mythological elements of the Gods and the underworld and various creatures with a journey through Mexico and I enjoyed it all a lot. However, it’s a bit slow paced and despite dealing with the God of Death, I never particularly understood the high stakes, so the journey didn’t feel very urgent or impending. But it all came together very well towards the end and I thought the climax was just perfect.

Casiopea is an endearing protagonist. She has suffered a lot at the hands of her family and longs for freedom and adventure, but none of her hardships have been able to harden her or lessen her kindness and compassion. She is also proud and defiant and clever and I thoroughly enjoyed following her journey, watching her discover herself and what she wants and desires most in life. Hun-Kamé is a God of Death who starts off as someone sure of his powers and destiny, but due to his association with a mortal, he starts to see her and the world and humanity through new eyes, feeling things like emotion and love, and wanting to be something more than just the ruler of Xibalba. I enjoyed seeing this change in his character even though I couldn’t always relate to him. I thought their relationship was written very beautifully, but I’m not sure I was completely convinced with the romance. I guess it just needed a bit more page time to feel realistic. The ending made me pretty emotional though, because I didn’t expect it go that direction, but it was definitely completely in character for the protagonists.

If you love reading fantasies inspired by different cultures and mythologies, you should definitely check this one out. This is a fascinating tale of adventure and self discovery set in the beautiful landscapes of Mexico, and if you particularly like poetic writing style, this might just be the perfect read for you. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 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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