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Gods of Jade and Shadow

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

About the Book

While visiting her grandfather in Yucatan, Casiopeia Tun discovers an old sealed chest. Upon opening it she finds the partial remains of a dismembered body. This sets off a chain of events, and she soon finds herself spiritually linked to the soul of the dead remains of Hun-Kame  –  the Mayan Lord of death.  

Hun-Kame is disposed from his throne and wants to reclaim it with Casiopea’s help. She is initially resistant but eventually agrees to help him with his quest. Their destinies linked, they journey far to recover Hun-Kame’s stolen magic. During the journey their feelings for each other change and deepen. 

Can a merciless god give up his quest to save a human? Can a human keep a promise, even if doing so slowly drains her life force? This is not a simple dark love story, as it dives into pre-Columbian magic and blood sacrifice.

Based on Mayan culture of the Popol Vuh (Book of the Community), it’s the mythology of the K’iche’ people of the Guatemala Highlands, before their Spanish conquest. Most of their written cultural history was destroyed by the Spanish, but the story this book is based on was preserved and provides refreshing insight into the daily lives of its people and culture.

About the Author

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is an award-winning Canadian author and editor with a preference for speculative fiction featuring women of color. Her work has appeared in anthologies and magazines, and she has won several awards for her work, including the World Fantasy Award. Gods of Jade and Shadow is the 2020 American Library Association Reading List winner.

Related Events

From Xibalba to the Moon: Mayan Myths

Thursday, July 9, 2020, 6:00 pm
Virtual Event | GRPL’s Facebook Page and YouTube Channel

Like the Greek gods, the Mayan deities were also stubborn, envious, angry, and liked to gossip. To learn more about Mayan myths and legends, join Carolina Quiroga for From Xibalba to the Moon, a virtual storytime for adults. Travel to the time when the famous twin brothers Hunahpu and Xbalanque went to the Mayan underworld and played the longest game against the Lords of Xibalba. Hear the dramatic story of Ixchel–the Moon Goddess–and the men her life: Itzamná, the Sun God; Chac, the Rain God; grandfather; and vulture.

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