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Book Review: Nocturna

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.

Blurb copied off of Goodreads.

All credit to author, Maya Montayne and her publisher.

First off, this book is gorgeous and comes complete with a map. As for the story itself, I liked it. I think the best part was the way the magic system worked. Each person has control over a single element and some people also have a unique magic that is all their own, called propio.

Another great thing about this book was the worldbuilding. Castallan, the main country in the book is based on spanish/latino countries and cultures, with all the words for magic written in Spanish. It was a very different thing to see in a fantasy novel. Very refreshing.

I also liked that the book ended in such a way that I could live without a sequel, though I have a feeling this book will not be the last.

Overall, I gave this book a 4/5 stars.

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