“No!” I screamed at her. “No.” Papi didn’t worship devils. “Trees, water!” I babbled at her. I was little and couldn’t really say the important things I thought I knew: Papi practiced a different religion, not a bad one; and Abuela insisted on saying that Papi worshipped devils, when it was Abuela who believed in devils, not Papi.
Abuela knelt before her little blue robed statue of Mary on the night table. “Blessed Mary, save this child from the devils her father worshipped. Mother of light, fight the darkness in her.”
I wanted the spirits of water and trees to love me. I didn’t want Mary to take me away from them, so I threw the statue at the wall.”
Just the head broke off, and Abuela went over to grab it. “¡Mala!” she yelled. “¡Bruja!”
Bruja is the Spanish word for Witch. The character in this quote uses the word as some kind of evil insult. The person at the receiving end is just a kid… Do I even have to tell you why the above quote evokes so many emotions in me? Must I say why I enjoyed Lyn Di Iorio’s novel so much?
The first part of Outside the Bones is provocative. The second part is deep, emotional and bloody. And the rest of the novel is dark and magical enough to leave me with a satisfied grin on my face. Not because a witch kicked butt—although that detail helped quite a bit—but because Lyn Di Iorio’s fiction presents a world were light and darkness meet to create balance out chaos. There is blood; there is death; there is life; there is soil; there is loss; there are souls… and there is my hope for more books.
I’m a curious Witch, my Wicked Darlings. Would you mind sharing what comes to mind—to heart—after you read the quote from Outside the Bones?
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