Emily’s (P)review of Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

 

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Image Credit: Sourcebooks Fire

Hey everyone, back with another (p)review courtesy of Sourcebooks Fire, who was kind enough to send me an early copy Bruja Born, the second book in the Brooklyn Brujas series by Zoraida Córdova.

 

We haven’t covered the first book in the series, Labyrinth Lost, on the podcast yet since I’m still waiting for Christina to read it. So, if any of our listeners would love to hear an episode about this series, let us know!

If you haven’t read Labyrinth Lost, you should definitely give it a try. It was really a triumph in world-building by #ownvoices author Zoraida Córdova, who took inspiration from her Latina heritage and culture to create a world and magic system wholly unique and refreshing. It also has great queer representation with Alex Mortiz, the bisexual protagonist!

Bruja Born steers away from Alex, however, and focuses on her sister Lula. I don’t want to go into too much detail, as not to spoil the first book but I will say that I think this was a great direction to take the series. Each book in the series centers around one of the Mortiz sisters, who have grown up as a part of a powerful bruja (Spanish for witch!) family. I love the concept of giving each sister their own book and am really looking forward to learning more about Rose, the youngest sister, in the third book.

While Labyrinth Lost primarily took place in the mystical land of Los Lagos, the second book brings us back to Brooklyn and dives deep on the magical community living in the city. As I read, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I really felt like a mix of Charmed and The Mortal Instruments series with a Latina spin. Since I’m a long-time Charmed apologist, I was super into it!

I definitely feel like Bruja Born an improvement upon Labyrinth Lost, mostly due to the expansion of the magical version of Brooklyn (complete with vampires, knights, zombies and hunters!) and my love for vain, vivacious Lula.

ALSO, I’m now fully convinced this series needs to be a TV show ASAP. Hollywood, please make that happen. (Can’t be any worse than Shadowhunters, amirite?)


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