Nocturna by Maya Motayne


“Magia Para Todos; Magic for all.

To Finnian Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the throat 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 she 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.

To Prince Alfehr magic is an escape, but one that comes with a price. First in line for the throne after the disappearance of his older brother, Alfie is desperate to find him and bring him home, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.

And when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they realise magic can be other things too, and the type they accidentally release into the world is something neither expects, or understands.

It’s hungry”.

So what did I think of the book?

I was lucky to have received an advanced reader copy of this book, and it was one I had been excited to get my hands on.

Nocturna by Maya Motayne is a book right up my street, when I read the description, I knew I had to read it. This Latinx inspired book really gave off a beautiful feel. It is rich in magic, and who doesn’t love magic? Dark and light. The two main characters are from different worlds, Finn a chameleon master thief, who is on the run from her past and Alfie a grieving prince, are brought together for a common purpose, to defeat an ancient power accidentally unleashed to save a life. I have to admit, this book had me hooked from the very beginning. I would say, it is a very strong debut by Motayne, and I cannot wait to read the next in the series. If you like YA fantasy which includes a complex history between countries and magic, give it a go. You won’t be disappointed. 

I gave Nocturna four stars!

  • Title: Nocturna
  • Author: Maya Motayne
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton

Please note the pictured version of this book, is the exclusive Fairyloot edition.