The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova is a wonderful story. This isn’t your regular paranormal story. The magic is considerably more subtle. We are shown that wizardry cleverly, in glimpses. Things are exactly what they appear and they are not. I observed to simply go along the way things are was the most ideal approach for reading this book.
The story of this novel is told in a double narrative approach with both then and now POV. The past is according to Orquídea’s own viewpoint and the future focuses mainly on her granddaughter, Marimar. These two parts of the story were woven together all around well and gave little glimpses into the past that gradually, but strangely unraveled the story.
The magical realism part is fun and charming. It brings in some South American mythology and folklore. It added some regional tone to the story and in addition to the overall environment (which was kind of likeable). I liked the portrayals of Orquídea’s home and the magic of the valley along with the Orquídea’s own marvelous bruja character.
I liked the characters, they are so complex and unique, particularly Orquídea, she is an ethical gray person. Her life was uncomfortable, the stars were not in her favour, at her birth time and she was sentenced to a life time misfortune. She makes deals and partnerships with mystical creatures and in the end should pay for her activities.
Rey and Marimar simply need to have a place where they can belong and be acknowledged, toward the start of the story they lived in New york, neither felt totally integrated. Marimar feels much better in Four Rivers in spite of the fact that something is missing and Rey got back to the city searching for something yet doesn’t have the foggiest idea what it is. Instead, Tatinelly is happy with her life; she simply needs a “straightforward life” a caring spouse and children to really care for and love.
Overall! Told perfectly, on occasion luminous, dark, hopeful and loaded up with the emotional inheritances of family. The delight and weight of claiming others and being claimed by family. The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova is a unique read and one that sparkles with magic.
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