Book name: The Yogi Witch: Bloodlines and Legacies
Author name: Zorian Cross
Rating: 4 ⭐
Fantasy has always been one of my favorite genres to explore. Exploring the imaginative realms and boundless possibilities to immerse myself in the magical worlds has always been therapeutic to my reader self. The blurb of Zorian Cross’s The Yogi Witch: Bloodlines and Legacies showed promise in that genre and the visually striking cover added to the interest.
The Plot :
Raised by a trio of witches, Jai Gill takes us through a journey of magic, mystery, and mayhem. They teach yoga during the day and slay demons at night. Some secrets are better not messed with but an impossible love story with the Boy next door opens Pandora’s box. Interweaving city lights with magic and spells this book covers an interesting tale of a LGBTQ love story. In the process it explores the spirituality of every religion, unraveling dark family secrets and testing the curse that love poses for magical beings.
What worked for me:
The premise – Skillfully blending urban fantasy, LGBTQ+ themes, and the power of family bonds the compelling narrative blurs the line between mythology and reality. The story is filled with adventure, philosophy, culture, festivals, and rituals, creating a rich tapestry. The beautiful cover complements the storyline perfectly.
The characters – The author has sketched each character including the main protagonist Jai with much conviction. The MC, his aunts, his granny, Babaji, or Vir – everyone has a distinct voice to the narration and is much well developed.
Easy to read – The writing is easy to read and follow. The author provides easy interpretation of some complex concepts. The references to pop culture references and social media make the narrative more believable and in touch with reality.
Strong Role Models – With its out and proud queer representation and strong female characters the book creates an enchanting take against patriarchy.
What could have been better
The information dump – There are several fillers in the story dispersing excessive knowledge sometimes. While some topics are interesting too many added details weigh down the narration of an otherwise fast pace.
The same goes for the much more elaborate intimacy scenes too. They were a bit much at a few places in my opinion.
Confusing timeline – In some places, the book misses marking the time jumps thus jarring the reading experience. While I understand non-linear timelines, here without a clear demarcation it can confuse the readers.
Overall a brave new effort describing a desi queer witch which explores a legacy of magic and Zorian Cross has done a decent job in creating an enchanting world of magic and realism. The book ended with the possibility of more installments and I would be looking forward to a more compact future parts.
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