Genre: Magical Realism, Folklore, Historical fiction Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia is an interesting mashup of magical realism historical fiction and folklore. If you are not familiar with magical realism, it is a fantasy written in the style of prose or classic literature. Garcia weaves a tale of a young girl, our heroine Casiopea, who wants to be loved and treated fairly, instead she is used and abused by those closest to her. A small act of defiance starts her on a path that could either kill her or change her life forever. When the Mayan god of death and usurped lord of Xibalba Hun-Kamé conscripts Casiopea as his champion to regain his stolen throne, she will learn the real meaning of sacrifice and the nature of men and gods, but will she be able to choose her path? Gods of Jade and shadow is an artistically written novel. Every word is deliberate and extremely direct in its descriptiveness. Garcia writes in a way that leaves nothing to chance, holding a tight grip on the reader’s imagination, leading with a tether that forces you to follow the outlined path. Gods of Jade and Shadow is not a book that leaves much to individual interpretation; it’s written with a level of purpose that leaves no room for argument. I enjoyed the book; I enjoyed the intellectual use of language, which strayed far from everyday nouns, verbs, and pronouns. I enjoyed the originality of the story and the strength of purpose. Gods of Jade and Shadow is genuinely an excellent book to read.