The Mayan God of Death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore, for readers of The Song of Achilles and Uprooted.
Here we shall begin to tell a story: a tale of a throne lost, of monsters and magic. A tale of gods and of the shadow realm. But this, our story, it begins in our world, in the land of mortals.
It begins with a woman. For this story, it is her story. It begins with her.
Casiopea is a servant in her rich grandfather's house, but she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in 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 box in her grandfather's room. She opens it - and frees the spirit of the Mayan God of Death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. In return, he will give her whatever her heart desires.
What she finds in this box is not just this strangely alluring god: Inside is the beginning an adventure that will take her to the bright lights of Jazz Age Mexico City - and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.
And at last, she will find the greatest treasure of all: the woman she was meant to be.
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family and two cats. Her speculative fiction has been collected in This Strange Way of Dying and has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She is the winner of the Carter V. Cooper/Exile Short Fiction Competition and a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize. She tweets @silviamg and blogs at silviamoreno-garcia.com.