Labyrinth Lost is the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series by author Zoraida Cordova.
Nothing celebrates a birthday like summoning the souls of your deceased loved ones. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation and she hates magic. In celebration of her death, Alex casts a spell to remove her powers. But it backfired. Her entire family vanished into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she couldn’t trust. The boy had intentions as dark as strange marks on his skin. The only way to bring her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland.
The book begins as Alex is living with her mother and sisters in Brooklyn, dealing with school, family, and the arrival of her magical powers. This is my favorite part of the book. The story shifts to the world of Los Lagos and while I enjoyed their fairytale-like journey through that land, it was the parts set in Brooklyn that made me feel the most authentic and enjoyable. . I hope that the next book in the series will be set in Brooklyn.
I feel like it takes a lot of inspiration from the Mortal Instruments series but it has completely its own personality and I actually like this a lot more. There’s a lot of original elements to keep it interesting, the story is interesting and fast-paced, and I love the characters. Rishi deserves a book of her own, and Alex is a joy to read.
I have to admit that I mainly chose to review this book because of its beautiful cover but I was pleasantly surprised by it. It’s an imaginative story that draws on Spanish folklore, the Day of the Dead, and Mexico’s Santeria to create a dazzling system of magic based on a pantheon of unseen gods and immortality. blessing of the dead.
When Alex and her friends arrive in Los Lagos – the world where the dead wait for what will happen next – the reader is exposed to a beautiful but hostile world. It’s a place of unspoiled beauty and magic, but with it comes unseen danger, forcing Alex to peer closely at everything she walks through to see through the glamor that shrouds the melting world. broken.
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