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Nocturna (Hardback)
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Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 02/05/2019
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Readers entranced by Caraval and Children of Blood and Bone and looking for a new fantasy world to explore should look no further than Nocturna, Maya Montayne’s lavishly crafted debut. Set in the Latinx-inspired kingdom of San Cristobal, it’s an intoxicating story of shape-shifting identity that explores the legacy of colonial rule. Quick-paced and peopled by well-rounded, engaging characters, this winning new series couldn’t have got off to a better start.

 

Fates collide and darkness is unleashed in this lush, own-voices Latin-inspired fantasy, perfect for fans of Tomi Adeyemi, Leigh Bardugo and V. E. Schwab.

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.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781473675919
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 710 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 42 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir's An Ember in the Ashes or VE Schwab's A Darker Shade of Magic, Nocturna similarly delivers a richly-imagined world steeped in magic and adventure and it deserves to be embraced by fans of YA fantasy the world over * CultureFly *
This fantasy set in a Latinx kingdom explores the lasting effects of childhood trauma, the destructive potential of grief, and the redemptive power of love . . . the stakes are high, Finn and Alfie's reluctant attraction rings true, and a gratifying conclusion paves the way for book two. * Publishers Weekly *
An exhilarating adventure, bursting with lively, inventive magic and characters who charmed me the instant they appeared on the page. If you want to get swept up in a story, pick this one * NYT bestselling author Margaret Rogerson *
An interesting premise, likable characters, and high adventure * Kirkus Reviews *
This searing, magical Latinx-inspired fantasy pulled me in from the first page and did not let me go. I loved adventuring with brave Alfie and brash Finn, and I held my breath until the end. NOCTURNA is a magnificent debut, powerful and true * Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns *
Fantasy fans will embrace the creative worldbuilding and welcome these flawed and multi-layered characters into their hearts' * Cinda Williams Chima, NYT bestselling author *
Singular and special . . . Cinematic, plentiful action as well as intriguing protagonists will pull many a fantasy reader, and the richly detailed world will keep them reading * Booklist *
Nocturna is an exciting debut presenting a unique magic system that is as powerful and flawed as the characters who are granted its usage * British Fantasy Society *
Utterly amazing . . . The world Maya created is unique and rich, and her vivid take on magic absolutely blew me away. It is so individual and beautiful, a step above the magic we see in so many YA books. Maya's lyrical writing and world-building were reminiscent of Laini Taylor. * Midnight Book Girl *
A gripping story of unlikely partners and dark magic * Candid Cover *

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“Fun fast-paced fantasy”

This was a fun new fantasy, set in a magic rich, latin inspired world. The plot was fast paced and captivating, once I got in to it I devoured it in just a couple of days!

The plot follows Alfie, the crown prince, as... More

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“A classic tale of old magic being awoken”

I'm such a sucker for a a epic quest to defeat a magical big-bad and this didn't disappoint. I raced through and finished it in a couple of days.

There were definitely elements that reminded me of other... More

“A Lush Latin inspired fantasy world, that only leaves you wanting more..”

4.25. Firstly, thank you so much to Hodder for supplying me this arc for review, however all opinions and thoughts are my own.
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I will start with my non-spoiler overall thoughts: I gave this book overall 4.25 stars,... More

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