Author: Maya Montayne
About the book: It’s the first in a trilogy called A Forgery of Magic written by a debut author from the alternating perspectives of a prince and a thief.
I received an advanced review copy from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I love the cover because it’s gorgeous. The premise sounded promising. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the world-building at the beginning.
Characters: The two main protagonists, Alfie and Finn, are flawed but likeable. I adore when two characters don’t get along right away, but later become allies. As a result, I liked their development throughout the novel. The villain is so evil. Even the secondary characters are interesting and dynamic. Kudos to the author for not only including great backstory but also diversity.
“Who you are when you’re angry is still you.”
Writing: The fantastical aspects are fantastic. I was fond of the magic system, especially because of the Spanish words. I’m also here for the Latino-inspired elements. I enjoyed the banter and comic relief, specifically between the two protagonists. There’s not really any romance, which I’m more than happy about. Then again, I do adore Alfie and Finn separately, so I wouldn’t mind seeing them together by the end of the series. Also, Alfie loses his brother, Dez, and I think writing about grief is a very difficult thing to do, but Montayne does such a good job. Some scenes were a bit more violent than I expected. The author does not hold back in that regard.
Final thoughts: The ending left me wanting more in the best way possible. I need the next book right now since I crave closure. I highly recommend Nocturna, especially if you’re a fan of fantasy and not big on romance.