Waiting on Wednesday: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

As far as trends in YA go, am I the only one who notices a rise in witchcraft-oriented stories? I’m totally okay with it if that’s the case. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is tackling old faithful with a fresh twist: Brujería… or at least something flavoured like it that blurs the lines between life and death and the places in between.

Let’s thank wikipedia for the direct definition:

Brujería is the Spanish-language word for “witchcraft”. Brujería also refers to witch-healers in the Americas (especially Latin America and the United States). Both men and women can be witches; brujo(s) and bruja(s), respectively.

I expect its no coincidence that the cover features La Muerte/La Catrina makeup, given the book’s description of a journey to the afterlife or in-between. (A+ on the typographic treatment too. That is one hot font.)

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Let’s hope our heroine makes it back okay.

I’m super excited for this book. There was a point in my university history where I took a course on death rituals in various cultures, and my favourite paper written for the class was entered around commemorative traditions in Mexico and the Dias de Muertos: the Days of the Dead.

I’m not entirely sure what to expect, given that the blurb describes the world in Labyrinth Lost as wonderland on Laini-Taylor-inspired crack (I’m paraphrasing), but whatever that may be, I’m confident that it’s going to be excellent.

Waiting on Wednesday: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Waiting on Wednesday: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida CórdovaLabyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) by Zoraida Córdova
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 6, 2016
Genres: Dark Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
Source: Amazon
Check it out: Goodreads

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.


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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