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Wayward Witch

Sourcebooks/Fire. (Brooklyn Brujas: Bk. 3). Aug. 2020. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781492650683.
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Gr 9 Up–Córdova’s conclusion to the award-winning “Brooklyn Brujas” series offers readers the plot-driven, thrilling fantasy tale they have come to expect. Rose Elizabeta Mortiz, the youngest of the three Bruja sisters, feels uncertainty since discovering her newfound powers as a “magical hacker.” On the evening of her Death Day party, she realizes her father lied about his memory loss. After confronting him, they are ambushed and forced into a portal to the land of Adas, a fairy realm magically hidden in the Caribbean Sea. In exchange for her father’s life, Rose (Lady Siphon) is forced by King Cirro to work with the Guardians of Adas to save the realm. During her journey she discovers how to manipulate the powers of other magical beings, the truth about her father’s past, and how he saved their family. This sequel picks up shortly after the events of the previous installment, but from Rose’s first-person perspective. As the Guardians of Adas hunt for answers as to why the fertile land is rotting away, they work together to restore the magical balance and save the kingdom. The ending leaves readers wanting more, and room for another book in the series. Pair with Jessica Spotswood’s “The Cahill Witch Chronicles,” Lily Velez’s “Celtic Witches,” or Sarah Henning’s “Sea Witch” series.
VERDICT A fast-paced adventure fantasy story infused with Latin American traditional elements. A must-have for any young adult collection.

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