The cover gods have blessed us yet again. We don’t know what we did to get this lucky, but we’ve got another beautiful cover to reveal for you today! And the best news of all? This book is less than three months away!! We present to you Nocturna!
Nocturna is the first book in a daring new Latinx-inspired fantasy trilogy from debut author Maya Motayne. And it’s four stories really. It’s the story of a prince lost in the shadow of his late brothers’ legacy. It’s the story of a faceless thief who finally encounters a danger she can’t run from. And it’s the story of the ancient evil they accidentally release.
And finally, at its core, Nocturna is a story of magic. Dangerous, powerful, and beautiful magic.
So, without further ado, here is… Nocturna!
- Art by Mark van Leeuwen
- Design by Aurora Parlagreco and Jenna Stempel-Lobell
Can we just drool over this cover for a second? The tile work! The intricate design! It’s just… *chef’s kiss*
What this cover sees staring back at it:
And finally, we’ve got a letter from Maya, the author herself, to share with you all today explaining what this books means to her, and what she hope this book means for all the readers out there.
I wish I could say that I grew up searching libraries for Latinx fantasy novels only to find myself empty-handed, but, truthfully, I never searched for such books. I never even thought to try to look for them because I didn’t think they could possibly exist. After years of reading stories where the princes and princesses were always British, blond, and blue-eyed, I thought there was no point in searching for something that I was sure couldn’t be real.
When I wrote Nocturna, I sought to make it real. I put pen to paper and wrote the adventure of a prince, a thief, and the Latinx kingdom that they lived in. A kingdom that survived colonialism and rose once more, stronger than ever. A kingdom of brown-skinned, curly haired people who found magic in their language, in the rolling r’s, melodic trills, and quick snaps of Spanish. I wrote this book for a younger me—a girl who didn’t think magic could belong to people who looked like her. And if you’ve ever felt that way, then I wrote it for you too.
There are many things I hope you take away from my book—the thrill of adventure, the ache of grief, the fact that any two people (even a stubborn prince and a wild thief) can find common ground—but if you can only take one thing from my story, I hope it’s this: culture is magic.
There is magic in you, in your family, in the country your ancestors hail from, and in the language you speak. There has always been magic in you, and if that magic isn’t in your library just yet, then you need only put your own pen to paper to find it.
I hope you enjoy.
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.