LABYRINTH LOST (Brooklyn Brujas #1)
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.
Praise for Labyrinth Lost:
“Córdova pulls elements from Greek mythology and Spanish and Latin American legends to craft a memorable world in Los Lagos, a supernatural realm that is as fascinating as it is threatening. The history and customs of Alex’s family’s type of witchery are also carefully constructed, giving readers a complete world to sink into with satisfaction and wonder. ” – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This succeeds with its lush use of Latin American mythologies, an unexpected love story, and, above all, in Alex’s complicated relationship with her family. Alex is a necessary heroine, and this dark fantasy nicely paves the way for a sequel.” – Booklist
“Although YA readers will likely be used to books featuring magic, Córdova has created something distinct with cantos, Deathday celebrations and the fantastical in-between realm of Los Lagos. Córdova’s rich exploration of Latin American culture, her healthy portrayal of bisexuality and her unique voice allow this novel to stand out among its many peers. 4 Stars.” – RT Book Reviews
“First in the Brooklyn Brujas series, Córdova’s (the Vicious Deep series) magic-infused, delightfully dark story introduces readers to an engrossing, Latin American–inspired fantasy setting and an irresistible heroine who longs to be “normal” and pines for the father that left their family behind years ago. A final twist will leave readers eager to revisit Córdova’s immersive world.” – Publishers Weekly
“This work is a magical journey from start to finish… A compelling must-have for teens.” – School Library Journal, STARRED review
“Brujas! Family love! Creepy monsters! Girls who love girls! A boy made of sunlight! Zoraida Cordova’s Labyrinth Lost was a fun and fast-paced venture through another world. After trying to eradicate her magic during her Deathday celebration, bruja Alex is forced into Los Lagos to rescue her family. Alex’s quest is as much a poignant discovery of herself and her place in the world as it is about saving her family, and combined with a beautiful splash of romance, made for the perfect summer fantasy read.” – Nicole Brinkley, Book Riot
“Magical and empowering, Labyrinth Lost is an incredible heroine’s journey filled with mythos come to life; but at its heart, honors the importance of love and family.” –Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix
“Labyrinth Lost is a magical story of love, family, and finding yourself. Enchanting from start to finish.” -Amy Tintera, author of Ruined.
“Enchanting and complex. Every page is filled with magic.” -Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
“Córdova’s world will leave you breathless, and her magic will ignite an envy so green you’ll wish you were born a bruja. Delightfully dark and enchanting. An un-putdownable book.” – Dhonielle Clayton, author of The Belles and Shiny Broken Pieces
“A brilliant brown-girl-in-Brooklyn update on Alice in Wonderland and Dante’s Inferno. Very creepy, very magical, very necessary.” – Daniel José Older, New York Times bestselling author of Shadowshaper
“Zoraida Córdova’s prose enchants from start to finish. Labyrinth Lost is pure magic.” – Melissa Grey, author of The Girl at Midnight
“An inspired tale of family, magic, and one powerful girl’s quest to save them both, set against the colorful world of modern day Brooklyn and the fantastical realm of Los Lagos. These are brujas I want to join.” – Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and the Don’t Get Mad series
“Labyrinth Lost is a thrilling, imaginative journey through a bittersweet bruja wonderland. I can’t wait for the next Brooklyn Brujas adventure” – Jessica Spotswood, author of Wild Swans and The Cahill Witch Chronicles.
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THE VICIOUS DEEP
For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.
He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.
His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he’s heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he’s suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.
Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea…and now it wants him back.
THE SAVAGE BLUE
The Ocean is a Vicious Place…
Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning-and no one is safe.
In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.
Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends’ support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla-the only girl he’s ever loved.
THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA
Blood is in the Water…
Two days. That’s all the time Tristan Hart has to prevent all-out war. Since discovering he was part merman and heir to the Sea Throne, Tristan has been fighting for his future, his friends—his life.
Now, to win the crown and save the girl he loves, Tristan will have to take the ultimate risk: unleash the ancient magic of Poseidon and release the kraken. Seriously. It’s the only way to unite the three scattered pieces of the king’s trident and stop the sea witch Nieve from taking the throne for herself.
Tristan’s going to need all the help he can get. But the one person he could always depend on him has betrayed him—Kurt now wants the throne for himself. Brother against brother, it’s a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.