Maya Motayne previously worked as an editorial assistant at Penguin Random House US and is passionate about bringing diverse stories to the forefront of young adult literature. She helped found the Random House Children's Books Diversity Committee. Nocturna is her first novel.
Fantasy fans will embrace the creative worldbuilding and welcome these flawed and multi-layered characters into their hearts' * Cinda Williams Chima, NYT bestselling author * 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 <i>Forest of a Thousand Lanterns</i> * 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. * Publishers Weekly * An exhilarating adventure, bursting with lively, inventive magic and characters who charmed me the instant they appeared on the page. If you want to get swept up in a story, pick this one * NYT bestselling author Margaret Rogerson * An interesting premise, likable characters, and high adventure * Kirkus Reviews *