Gods of Jade and Shadow

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

fiction fantasy historical
adventurous emotional medium-paced

338 pages | first published 2019

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.

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.

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adventurous 93%
emotional 41%
mysterious 35%
dark 28%
hopeful 24%
reflective 12%
inspiring 10%
tense 10%
lighthearted 8%
sad 8%
funny 7%
informative 4%
challenging 2%
relaxing 2%


medium 67%
fast 18%
slow 14%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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