And yet again, I decide to get a book because of the cover. I really don’t know why this influences me so much, considering that most of the books I read are e-books and no one is ever going to see the cover. I also chose to read this book as it is a non-white fantasy and I am looking for good, diverse fantasy books.
Labyrinth Lost is the first book of the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy. It is #ownvoices.
I was very impressed that the book didn’t ignore present day problems. Racism and sexism were included in the plot. The characters are not in a diverse costume. The fact that most of them are Latinx is significant to the story. There was a casual mention of one of Alex’ relatives being bisexual. The main character is also bisexual. I especially liked the fact that this was only mentioned indirectly but still made very clear.
The writing was poetic and very flowery – it fit perfectly to the story and the magical environment. An example: “Not all loves are meant to last forever. Some burn like fire until there is nothing left but ash and black ink on skin.” This text passage is so dreamy and lovely.
I needed to use Google to translate a few words, in order to understand the Spanish. The fact that these words were not translated was very good, as it gave the story authenticity and was more realistic. I grew up bilingually (less German, more English), thus I was able to relate to non-English words slipping into the conversation.
Alex refers to one of her uncles as ‘Crazy’. This is not corrected throughout the book. Update: the term “bipolar eyes” is used.
At times, I found this book a bit too fast-paced and I had to slow down and reread passages to understand what had happened.
All in all
It was a fun read, and I enjoyed the twists and turns. I urge you to read Labyrinth Lost, if you have the chance to do so. I will certainly be reading the next book and hope that the cover will be just as beautiful as this one.
What do you think of Labyrinth Lost? How often have you read a(n) (urban) fantasy book with Latinx representation?