A fun story set in Jazz Age Mexico. Caseopia Tun, a poor young relation in a wealthy family, inadvertently releases the Mayan god of death from imprisonment in a trunk at the foot of her grandfather’s bed. She then needs to help him regain his throne, and an intriguing tale unwinds from there. Beautiful cover. Fulfills Mexico/Central America own-voices Read Harder Challenge task. New in 2019. Read 4-12 September.
55. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
A cli-fi story with supernatural elements set in Navajo Country, which survived the cataclysmic “Big Water” event and is now thriving, after a fashion. Monster hunter Maggie Hoskie sets out on a task – one is reluctant to call it a quest – that brings her into contact with old mentors, some old nemeses, and some new associates whose loyalties and abilities are to be determined. She’s a bit two-dimensional, and the dialogue is at times awkward, but the story is interesting enough that I will continue with the series. Read 14-25 September.