What Do We Say To the God of Death?: A Review of Gods of Jade and Shadow

36510722The 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.

This is basically what happens when you take Deathless and mix it with Mayan mythology, aaaaand I love it!

Casiopea is a girl after my own heart: she hates her small hometown, she hates the fact that she’s an outsider within her whole family. She hates her cousin Martín (he’s a dick and a half). She wants more.

Hun-Kamé is a god. Like. A for real Mayan god, a lord of Xibalba. He’s out to seek revenge on his brother, but he has to get some body parts back first.

This is like an epic road trip story, akin to American Gods, but still wholly original. It’s so magical, and you never once question the world. Just like Casiopea.

Absolutely stunning and beautiful, I give Gods of Jade and Shadow 4 out of 5 skulls. Thank you to NetGalley and Del Rey for providing a copy in exchange for review.

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