Release date: September 6, 2016
Bruja magic runs in her blood, but a curse meant to banish it may cost Alex more than her power…
Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she’s hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. So while most girls celebrate their Quinceañera, Alex prepares for Death Day—the most important day in a bruja’s life, and her only opportunity to rid herself of magic.
But the curse she performs during the ceremony backfires and her family vanishes, forcing Alex to absorb all of the magic from her family line. Left alone, Alex seeks help from Nova, a brujo with ambitions of his own. To get her family back they must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
Been a while since I have read a witch-themed book, and this reminded me why I love the genre so much. Much of the genre is rooted in urban fantasy, and Labyrinth Lost is that kind; the world is our current one, with our protagonist, Alejandra, a young bruja living in Brooklyn, who is afraid of her own powers and would rather be a regular girl. She acts selfish and tries a spell that goes horribly awry, and has to go the Underworld-like place, Las Lagos, to retrieve her family. The story from that point is a wild Wonderland-esque adventure, escaping bird-women and fairies and wandering souls.
Labyrinth Lost is a coming-of-age story, in more ways than one, with Alex learning to trust her powers and her family’s faith in them. She is scared from an incident in her childhood, and mistrusts magic, but Las Lagos teaches her to appreciate it as something wonderful. The world is diverse, with Mexican mythology reinvented and shades of Greek one thrown in, and the writing brings out the well-constructed canon and characters with ample detail. The plot carries well from one adventure to another, but also allows time for character development, making it a good blend of action and emotion. It’s a great read, and hard to put down once started.
Received a free galley from Sourcebooks Fire, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.