Tag Archives: Fantasy

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 89: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I’ve had my eye on Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s work over the past several years. I downloaded her first novel, Signal to Noise, on my Kindle a couple of years ago and her fourth novel, Mexican Gothic, I have seen throughout social media recently.  Moreno-Garcia’s work has been popular for some time.

Gods of Jade and Shadow tell the story of Casiopea Tun, a young woman from Southern Mexico who dreams of a better life. Casiopea is beholden to her overbearing grandfather and ridiculed by her vain cousin, Martin as they try to keep her in line.  However, she discovers a wooden box in her grandfather’s room and opens it.  Casiopea frees the spirit of a Mayan god named Hun-Kame.  The god requests Casiopea’s help in returning him to his throne in the land of Xibalba. Hun-Kame’s brother, Vucub-Kame, occupies the throne and is determined to keep it at all costs.

Casiopea travels with Hun-Kame across Mexico as they attempt to regain the lost elements that will restore him to the throne. But, Vucub-Kame has placed traps along their journey to keep his brother from regaining his rightful place. The journey ends with Casiopea having to face her cousin while the gods watch them.  Even though Moreno-Garcia draws on Mayan mythology and folklore to tell the story, I believe this novel is really about family relationships and one’s place within a family structure. Also, the story is about a young woman’s longing into becoming the person she is meant to be.

I totally enjoyed reading this novel and Moreno-Garcia told a good story.  I liked the relationship between Casiopea and Hun-Kame.  The two had a genuine connection despite the fate that would befall each of them.  Gods of Jade and Shadow has leaped on to my favorite reads list of 2021.  Bravo Silvia Moreno-Garcia!

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 87: How Long ‘Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin

I have a question for readers.  Has there been an author or authors you have tried repeatedly to read? N.K. Jemisin has been one of those authors for me. Jemisin has gained recognition in the science fiction and fantasy genre over the past several years with groundbreaking works like the Broken Earth and Dreamblood series.… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 73: The Dark Fantastic by Ebony Elizabeth Thomas

“The principles of the dark fantastic are so ingrained in our collective consciousness that when the expected pattern is subverted, most audiences cannot suspend disbelief. Readers and viewers complain that dark heroic protagonists are not likable. Critics observe that the characters, settings, circumstances, and resolutions are unbelievable. Agents regret that they just cannot connect with… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 66: Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Nalo Hopkinson is an author I have wanted to read for a long time.  I have seen her novels over the years but had not gotten around to reading one until now.  Hopkinson tends to get overlooked in the current trend of black authors writing science fiction or fantasy. I don’t why that has happened,… Continue Reading

Marion’s Favorites: Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary

I just finished watching a documentary on Ursula K. Le Guin, the great writer of Imaginative and speculative fiction. I know that Le Guin has categorized and championed herself as a science fiction and fantasy writer.  After watching this documentary, I get why she has embraced the genre as where she belongs. However, I believe… Continue Reading

Journey and Discovery: A Kammbia Omnibus Edition

The courage to face the truth. Diondray Azur had it. He took a gamble and looked hard into his roots. What he discovered changed him forever. A son of privilege in the land of Kammbia, Diondray learned one day that everything he believed to be true was in fact, a lie. When he discovered an… Continue Reading