The Bruja

The Bruja

by Michael Molisani


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ISBN-13: 9781546222538
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 12/29/2017
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

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The Bruja 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 12 months ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In The Bruja by Michael Molisani, the dystopian world after the Collapse sees magic as part of survival and key to winning wars. Ghosts and ancient spirits are no longer superstitions. Witches become a vital part of the army. Crafton city-state, a quarter of land of the old Pittsburgh, is under threat from the Federals. Their djinn-controlled army is bigger in size and harder to kill. Maggi, a respected witch in Crafton, must find a way to defeat the enemies that have been haunting her for a long time. She’s ready to die for that goal, but she might not be ready to face her past. While the concept of witches is not new, the way it is developed into a story premise gives The Bruja a fascinating dark quality. It evokes our perception of morality, guilt, sacrifice, and love. Molisani builds an unforgiving dystopian era in the near future, weaving in myths, the paranormal and the supernatural as reality. Readers are given the first taste of this harsh world at the start of the story, when the protagonist Maggi Lopez makes a bargain with an ancient entity for power. The characters’ complexities, opinions, and personalities are well fleshed out, making their conflict, growth, and relationships credible. Molisani drip feeds the characters’ information as the story progresses, making it intriguing in getting to know them, particularly Maggi’s son, Alexander, who remains elusive but important until the latter part of the book. That said, I gravitated more towards Jennifer Winslow and her sense of integrity. Despite slight repetitions, the narrative switches deftly between the present and Maggi’s past in California. Every scene is vivid-from the smoked cigarettes, the smell of bloodshed, to the unnatural whisper or screech of the ancient inhuman beings. The Bruja is an evocative dark tale of a flawed and conflicted woman fueled by her desire to protect the ones she loves. It’s a solid read and I look forward to the sequel.
AMITT More than 1 year ago
This was a truly original, well structured, competently written novel that I was somewhat bewildered by. One the one hand, Bruja was not without its facets. It was well plotted, took turns that I did not see coming and has very well crafted, relatable characters. This was especially true of the protagonist, Maggi Lopez. She was an intriguing, well rounded creation whose journey I was eager to follow and for whom I had some sympathy. On the other hand, however, Bruja did have two glaring flaws. Firstly, the book was presented in such a way that it introduced a foreign, unknown world without offering any detailed background about that world and how it came to be. It was almost like the reader was meant to comprehend all that was going on through osmosis. Secondly, the novel appeared to be composed in a manner that saw important scenes not adequately described, which was frustrating. When one factors in those two flaws and the fact that the whole story transpired in a mystical fantasy world, it could be seen as a slight challenge to read. Therefore, if you like escapist fiction or fiction featuring mystical beings like witches you may very well like this book. If you do not like that type of fiction, you probably will not. And, if you like some escapist fiction, but not all escapist fiction, you may or may not like it. For me at this point, I cannot definitively, say “yes,” or “no.”
Paula_Stewart1 More than 1 year ago
I'll keep an eye out for YOU! If you're a fan of the horror fantasy genre, you may enjoy this book that I recently finished reading. The Bruja is written by Michael Molisani, a writer with tons of imaginative, deep thinking. This bizarre yet entertaining story that unfolds in a town named Crafton which was created after the collapse of modern society and which was formerly known as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With a significant military presence for defense, Crafton and its surrounding geography is prevalent for witches who can be friend or foe. These characters are equipped with special powers, unlike anything I have imagined or read previously. The author exhibits the innate ability to create characters that are scary and complex. This book contains a low level of harsh vulgarity throughout. Although, it is only used for dramatic description, which I feel enhances the character dialogue. After immersing myself in this book with its creepy cover and scary story, I hope that I don't have nightmares purged in graphic technicolor. If I do experience this side effect, it will only compound my belief in this storytellers gift of creeposity!