Featured Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
About this book:
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives. I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone. Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin. The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland… Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with an infusion of Latin American tradition in this highly original fantasy adventure.
*Review Contributed by Angel Cruz, Staff
A Story as Tenacious as Its Protagonist
In Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida Cordova introduces a Brooklyn full of magic and mayhem, and a family of brujas that will charm and delight readers. Alejandra "Alex" Mortiz hates her magic, and her upcoming Deathday celebrations only add to the anxiety. I loved Alex's voice--it was engaging and witty, and so very smart. She's a girl who's figuring out who she wants to be, and who she wants by her side while she grows up.Following Alex, we land in Los Lagos in search of her family, and Cordova's worldbuilding comes into full force here. Latin American magic flows through each new part of Los Lagos, the Deos (gods), and Alex's own encantrix powers. Cordova keeps the plot moving beautifully through Alex's wry, determined commentary. The conflict itself feels organic, mirroring Alex's inner confusion and fears, and giving her a chance to decide what kind of bruja she wants to be. Nova, the mysterious brujo guiding Alex, might be the weakest part of the story, though you do get the sense that Cordova might have more in store for him.Labyrinth Lost is a journey worth taking, a story built by love and history and heritage in all the best ways. Zoraida Cordova has written a book much needed for Latinx and non-Latinx readers alike, and which will fuel imaginations for years to come.