Red Thread Reblog: Fall in love with a Maya Death God in Gods of Jade and Shadow — Living in Libros

Welcome to Red Thread Reblog, a feature that pairs a post about media inspired by mythology with a post about the mythology shown in the media.

Let’s start off with a tale of stars and gods, bones and roads. In Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia brings 1920s Yucatan together with the Mayan underworld of Xibalba through the story of Casiopea Tun. Both landscapes are fleshed out in vibrant detail, and I was thrilled to read such a complex portrayal of Mayan cosmology. In addition, Casiopea’s journey passes through several important cultural landmarks in Mexico, showing the nuances each location holds. For more about the book, check out Gaby’s review on Living in Libros! If you’re new to Gaby’s work, I highly recommend exploring her blog and her new YouTube channel. She provides a wonderful level of detail while balancing between calling out important social issues and pure booklove. I read her review of Gods of Jade and Shadow well after reading the book itself, yet I learned so much more from her comments about the cultural side of the story. Now without further ado, let’s meet that death god!

Do you love reading about baddies in lit? We all know I do! What about reading about death gods? Mayan mythology? Road trips? 1920s Mexico? Then Gods of Jade and Shadow is probably the book for you! Gods of Jade and Shadow is an adult fantasy novel set during the Jazz Age and in Mexico. Author of […]

Fall in love with a Maya Death God in Gods of Jade and Shadow — Living in Libros

10 thoughts on “Red Thread Reblog: Fall in love with a Maya Death God in Gods of Jade and Shadow — Living in Libros

    1. That’s so cool! I’ve never had the opportunity to see any Mayan sites in person, but their mythology has some fascinating elements to it. I didn’t realize their cosmology featured a World Tree sort of like Yggdrasil until I read Gods of Jade and Shadow.

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    1. Ha, yeah, there’s just so much out there! Silvia Moreno-Garcia actually has some new books out or coming out that I still haven’t caught up on. My to-read list is even longer than the list of posts I still need to catch up on reading. 😅

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