* I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinion of the book.
Labyrinth Lost follows Alex, born and raised in Brooklyn, in a family that’s not like many others. Alex descends from a long line of brujas or witches. Unlike her sisters, she doesn’t want to embrace her powers and all that comes with it. So she plans to stop it. On her Deathday, she attempts to eradicate it but ends up banishing her entire family to another realm – known as Los Lagos, a limbo-like dimension to save her family before it’s too late.
Labyrinth Lost has one of the best and most intriguing premises I’ve read this year. It was so fun to read! Cordova drew from Latin-American culture and created such a rich and imaginative world. The mysticism and the way the mythology was interwoven which was brilliant to read. The magic system is also so interesting. From what I understand is that everyone has their own special abilities but there’s a recoil every time you use it. For example, one of Alex’s sister has healing capabilities but everything she uses it, it harms her. It’s that kind of balance that really adds to the story.
What really stops this story from getting 5 stars is the love triangle. What makes this different from others is that the main lead is bi-sexual and the others are a boy and a girl. But it’s still like other love triangles. Alex’s relationship with the other two both come off as insta-love. One more than other, but I won’t spoil. But love triangles are always a no-go for me. However, I do appreciate Cordova incorporating diversity in regards to the relationship. Can’t wait for the sequel to see how it develops.
Overall, Labyrinth Lost was a great read. There’s amazing magical elements, creepy scenes, and characters I know loads of people will love. I definitely recommend this if you want a magical adventure in a pretty magical universe.