Review: Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1)

Title: Nocturna (A Forgery of Magic #1)
Author: Maya Motayne
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.

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.


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! Also, Maya Motayne will be coming to the Toronto area on the weekend so I can’t wait to meet her!

What to read next:

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi

Have you read Nocturna? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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