Book: The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Genre: fantasy, witchy
Release date: September 7, 2021
Read if you like: witchy books, family sagas, magical realism
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for the advanced copy. I really enjoyed this one! It starts with an invitation from Orquidea Divina, a woman who had an incredible life and a lot of children and grand children. She invites her descendants to come to her in her dying hours to collect their inheritance. We meet a few of her children and grand children as they make their way to the house where they grew up and eventually all left behind. When they get there is when the magic happens. The story flips back and forth between telling the reader about Orquidea’s life and then present day where her kids and grand kids are learning about the magic that has haunted Orquidea for most of her life, and how it will be passed to them.
Hook – 2/2: We meet Orquidea just after she has left Ecuador and arrived in a very small town in America. She immediately magics a house out of thin air, freaking out the townspeople and causing a stir.
Writing – 3/3: Amazing. I loved Cordova’s style. I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t put it down. This was my first book by Zoraida Cordova but she has a big back list of fantasy books that I’ve added to my wish list.
Plot – 3/3: This was such a magical story about a woman who made a bargain with a magical being and spent the rest of her life looking over her shoulder. She gained incredible magic in the deal but she always had to be careful of using it. Her children inherit some of this magic and they inherit the danger.
Characters – 1/2: I wanted more. That’s the only reason the book loses a point here. All of the characters were different and interesting and I wanted to know all about them. This book could have been 100 pages longer with more backstory on the family and what happened after they left Orquidea and I would have been happier.
Have you read any of Zoraida Cordova’s books? I will definitely be reading more.