The first in a sweeping and epic own voices debut fantasy trilogy—set in a stunning Latinx-inspired world—about a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince who must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed. Perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Leigh Bardugo, and V. E. Schwab.
To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.
As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.
After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.
But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.
About the Author
Maya Motayne decided to be a writer when she was four years old and hasn’t stopped writing since. She lives in New York City, where she pursues her passions of petting as many dogs as possible and buying purses based on whether they can fit a big book in them. Nocturna is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the first book in an exciting new fantasy series. The world in this novel is Latinx-inspired. I love the way that the culture was brought into the novel in the atmosphere and the language. There were Latinx-inspired words used for the magic spells in the world. I think there could have been even more Latin elements in the story, but hopefully that will come in the next book. This story had an exciting heist-like plot, similar to Six of Crows. It was different from Six of Crows because it was only a group of two people on the quest. Because of that, it was a little easier to follow. It was a thrilling journey to read! I loved this book! I’m excited to see what happens next! Thank you HarperCollins Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.