What worked: Love this diverse fantasy novel based loosely on Mayan folklore. Casiopea at first seems to be a 1920s Cinderella, but she has spunk and doesn’t back down. She stands up to her abusive cousin and doesn’t fall for his charm. Even when Hun-Kame demands her to go on a quest of vengeance, she still speaks out and doesn’t just fall at the god’s feet.
The quests Casiopea goes on include visiting a trickster demon, going on a journey through the dark underworld of Xiabalba, and standing up to Vucub-Kame’s threats.
There’s so much to love about this novel. There’s adventure, high stakes, mystery, hints of a romance all set in the world of Mayan folklore.
Mesmerizing diverse coming of age tale where a strong protagonist chooses her own path even when otherworldly elements are thrown her way. Courageous, magical, and highly entertaining. Totally recommend for fans of fantasies set in a Mayan world.