Gods of Jade and Shadow
By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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.
- Did you enjoy this book? Rate it out of 5.
- What were your first impressions of Casiopea? How did you feel about her by the end of the book?
- What were your first impressions of Hun-Kamé? How did you feel about him by the end of the book?
- How did you feel about the relationship between Casiopea and Hun-Kamé?
- What did you think about the historical period and setting of the book?
- Could you see this as a modern-day adventure?
- What did you think about the ending? Do you wish anything had been different?
- Would you read a sequel to this story? If so, would you prefer it feature Casiopea and Hun- Kamé, or would you prefer a story in the same world with new characters?
- Discuss Martin’s perception of the world versus Casiopea’s. Why do you think, raised under the same roof, they see things so differently?
- The Girly Book Club only reads fantasy once a year, what are your thoughts on it as a genre. What is your favorite genre?