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About the Author
Maya Motayne decided to be a writer when she was four years old and hasn't stopped writing since. Her first novel, Nocturna, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller as well as a #1 Sunday Times bestseller. Maya lives in New York City, where she pursues her passions of petting as many dogs as possible and buying purses based on whether they can fit a big book in them. To learn more about Maya, visit her website at mayamotayne.com.
"Fantasy fans will embrace the creative worldbuilding and welcome these flawed and multi-layered characters into their hearts."--Cinda Williams Chima, New York Times bestselling author of the Shattered Realms series
"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
"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."--ALA Booklist
"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."
"A promising debut with unique magic and two strong protagonists among a varied ensemble cast."--School Library Journal