The Queen Jade: A Novel

The Queen Jade: A Novel

Yxta Maya Murray / Feb 21, 2020

The Queen Jade A Novel The secret history of an empire The mythical power of a stone The quest to solve the legend of The Queen JadeFor centuries explorers and scholars of the New World have been captivated by a legend inv

  • Title: The Queen Jade: A Novel
  • Author: Yxta Maya Murray
  • ISBN: 9780060582647
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The secret history of an empire The mythical power of a stone The quest to solve the legend of The Queen JadeFor centuries, explorers and scholars of the New World have been captivated by a legend involving the tragic life of a King, a Witch, and a giant blue jade stone whose beauty is intoxicating a stone whose possessor is said to be granted a life filled with poThe secret history of an empire The mythical power of a stone The quest to solve the legend of The Queen JadeFor centuries, explorers and scholars of the New World have been captivated by a legend involving the tragic life of a King, a Witch, and a giant blue jade stone whose beauty is intoxicating a stone whose possessor is said to be granted a life filled with power that stone is called the Queen Jade In 1998, Hurricane Mitch tears through Central and South America A mine of blue jade the size of Rhode Island is uncovered in a Guatemalan mountain range known as Las Sierras de las Minas For hundreds of years, blue jade relics have been found in the Americas, but the actual source of the precious stone has never been discovered until now The revelation of the blue jade mine solves an archaeological mystery that has baffled scholars for centuries and gives hope to those who have staked their lives on finding the Queen Jade The novel unfolds on the eve of the hurricane and centers on Lola Sanchez and her archaeologist mother, Juana Juana believes that she has discovered the key to unlocking the mystery of the Queen Jade and has gone into the jungle alone to find the stone the same week that Hurricane Mitch ravages the land When her mother disappears in the storm, Lola sets out to find her and embarks on a course of action that will lead to the adventure of her life.

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        Yxta Maya Murray is a professor at Loyola Law School and currently lives in Studio City, California.


    267 Comments

    1. I quit this book at page 60. I tried hanging in there to see if it improved once they actually get out into the jungle/archaeological site/whatever but gave up at "he chucked my chin." The heroine is such a feeb. I struggled get this far. The characters never made sense to me. That's not precisely to say that they're flat; there are real people who don't make sense to me, either. But there are authors who can write characters that don't make sense to me and are still interesting (Eg: Doris Lessi [...]


    2. I really enjoy this book. I got it as an advance reader when I worked at a University bookstore in San Francisco and have re-read it several times since. Queen Jade has it all; lost treasure, family secrets, archeology, secret codes, a massive storm, jaguars, jungle travel, an old vendetta, mystery and romance. This book is thrilling, fast paced and full of very human and interesting characters. The plot is also believable.My blog has a full review.


    3. I liked the Guatemalan background for this story-- especially the Mayan legend (that she made up in the style of Mayan folklore) and the incorporation of Mayan hieroglyphs. Interesting puzzle to solve. However: I was not all impressed with the actual story overall. Or the characters she created. I thought the writing style was too heavy handed and the plot rather obvious.


    4. Delightful adventure with a touch of romance. Think of a modern Indiana Jones--but Indiana is a cranky older woman. She vanishes into the hurricane ravaged jungles of Guatemala and her bookstore-owner daughter and a young archeology professor head out to find her. Solving a cryptic Mayan carving is crucial to finding our missing woman.



    5. Overall, this was a mediocre adventure novel in the Indiana Jones vein. The protagonist of the story is Lola Sanchez, a Mexican-American who owns a bookstore called The Red Lion in Long Beach, California. The bookstore specializes in adventure yarns such as novels by Jules Verne, Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and others. Sanchez's mother Juana is an archaeologist who believes that she has discovered the key to unlocking the mystery of the Queen Jade, a long-lost Mayan relic made of blue j [...]


    6. This book was good but very predictable. From the start when Lola meets Eric, I knew they were going to get together and lo and behold, they did :) I was also a little bit disappointed in the end because it ended the same way the DaVinci Code did. The Queen Jade, thought to be a huge stone, was really a queen named Jade who had died much like the Holy Grail turned out to be Mary. However, the writing was pretty good and it was easy to get into and keep reading. Despite my criticism, I did enjoy [...]


    7. This was fun in a "Romancing The Stone", over-the-top way. The main character runs an adventre & fantasy bookshop. She goes running off to Central Mother to look for her mother, an archeologist who has disappeared after Hurricane Mitch while hunting done an artifact that has obcessed her for years. She is accompanied by one of her mother's colleagues, also fascinated by the artifact and soon to be a love interest, and a childhood friend from whom she has been estranged, thanks to her mother. [...]


    8. In the wake of the devastating 1998 hurricane, Lola must travel into the forests of Guatemala to solve an ancient riddle and find her missing mother.An overall alright read. Once they actually get into Guatemala things move along quite a bit better. My biggest problem was that I figured out almost every riddle/mystery chapters ahead of the characters, and not because I was meant to. Instead I had to spend up to 100 pages watching them drop overly obvious clues and then spend two pages explaining [...]


    9. La contraportada promete muchas aventuras que aún no he encontrado. Lo único que he leído ha sido detalles irrelevantes que llenan páginas y más páginas sin decir nada. Parecía que no acababan de llegar los acontecimientos 'importantes', sobre todo al final del libro. Además, los diálogos entre todos en general y entre Erik y Lola, en particular, me han parecido muy cutres y obvios. El tema del jade da mucho juego para construir una buena historia de aventuras en la selva. En fin, una p [...]


    10. There were moments I enjoyed the "Romancing the Stone" elements of the story, then there were moments that the writing seemed juvenile and trite. The relationship between the lead woman and the "love interest" was really childish and hokey. I kept reading just for the search for the ruins and to find out how they found he "Jade".


    11. I only read half of this book and decided that I was not enjoying it. The characters were not all that interesting to me. Not developed really well in my opinion. Tiresome journals and manuscripts that I wasn't keeping straight. It may that I kept putting it down but I had difficulty keeping the Latino names of all the players straight in my head.


    12. I liked this book. She uses a lot of historical accurate stuff and writes some very intense scenes. The story line is really good too.












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