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.
What makes Motayne's debut title singular and special is that her kingdom is Latinx, with brown-skinned, curly-haired people and Spanish sprinkled throughout.... Cinematic, plentiful action as well as intriguing protagonists will pull many a fantasy reader, and the richly detailed world will keep them reading.
A promising debut with unique magic and two strong protagonists among a varied ensemble cast.
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.
Fantasy fans will embrace the creative worldbuilding and welcome these flawed and multi-layered characters into their hearts.
Nocturna is 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.
A near pitch-perfect fantasy novel that brings together epic quests, monstrous stakes and dark twists in a fast-paced, emotionally-driven narrative that doesn't shy away from exploring the very human emotions of the characters caught up in this storyline.
We recommend reading the first two in the series before embarking on this gripping finale.