Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Audience: Adult
Format: Paperback
Length: 338 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Source: Personal collection
Recommended for fans of: fairy tales & mythology
Content Warnings: suicide, animal sacrifice


The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this 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.


I am so glad this was my IRL book club’s most recent pick! Mexican Gothic was one of my favorite books of 2020, so I’ve been dying to read more of Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s books. Turns out I am a huge fan of her beautiful, lyrical, and atmospheric writing, and she is quickly becoming a favorite author.

Gods of Jade and Shadow blends Cinderella’s fairy tale with Mayan mythology in 1920s Mexico. Casiopeia is basically a maid in her wealthy grandfather’s home. She is a bit naive, but she dreams of more. When she accidentally gets involved with the god of death, she gets her chance for adventure. This book features lush & descriptive settings, a sweet slow burn romance, and plenty of magic.

However, I need to reread this book. I started reading it the day I had my surgery, when I was still in a painkiller-induced haze, and I don’t remember the details of the plot very well. I remember that I loved the experience of reading this, but I am not confident in my star rating for now.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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