Review – Oculta (A Forgery of Magic #2) by Maya Motayne

I enjoyed the first book in the series though it had its issues I was still interested to see where the story went.

This review will spoil things that happens in book 1 Nocturna but I made a full review of that here.

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you!


by Maya Motayne

After joining forces to save Castallan from an ancient magical evil, Alfie and Finn haven’t seen each other in months. Alfie is finally stepping up to his role as heir and preparing for an International Peace Summit, while Finn is travelling and revelling in her newfound freedom from Ignacio.

That is, until she’s unexpectedly installed as the new leader of one of Castallan’s powerful crime families. Now one of the four Thief Lords of Castallan, she’s forced to preside over the illegal underground Oculta competition, which coincides with the summit and boasts a legendary prize.

Just when Finn finds herself back in San Cristobal, Alfie’s plans are also derailed. Los Toros, the mysterious syndicate responsible for his brother’s murder, has resurfaced—and their newest target is the summit. And when these events all unexpectedly converge, Finn and Alfie are once again forced to work together to follow the assassins’ trail and preserve Castallan’s hopes for peace with Englass.

But will they be able to stop these sinister foes before a new war threatens their kingdom? 

  • the magic

As a sequel, it holds well. It’s better written than the first book which was a debut. And the story flows naturally throughout the book.

I learned something from this book. I saw the effect of ignorance. It was clearly showed in the royal guests and their ways. I loved how it was added into the story as small things from a chosen word to a small behaviour and how it was obvious that it was ignorance. Later on, you get a better feel for why but in the beginning, it was very well done as something subtle – if you know, you will see it.

The story continues a few weeks after the first book but continues the plot line from the first book smoothly.

I did see the ending coming at the halfway mark. I anticipated that a certain character wasn’t what they said they were and I was right… But I still enjoyed the execution of it.

Not a lot needed since it’s the second in the series. But we did widen the scene a bit with more information. It also adds another kingdom or group of royalties in here with different culture and history.

I love the magic in this series. there are two types of magic in this world; one desk magic and two personal magic. The desk magic is something anyone can learn as long as they have access to teachers and libraries etc. Personal magic not everyone has but it’s something personal to the person and the magic tends to lay in your shadow. It is very individual and depends on what you needed as a child and as you grow up. E.g. the main character Finn can copy other people faces and bodies. It’s really cool and I loved it.

Finn is the face shifting thief. She is not good with emotions, feels better with a knife in her hand sort of person. I really like her.

Alfie is the crown prince of the kingdom trying to fit into the role which was never meant for him. He is the type of person with his heart on his sleeve.

Luka is still my favourite but Finn is becoming a close second.

The romance continues from book 1 and is still a slow burn with a twist at the end.

some side character and all positive.

It was better than the first book and fairly well written. There were some repetitions in the text which I felt were unnecessary but maybe it’s because it’s YA. I don’t know.

Enjoyable read and I liked this more than the first book.

I will watch out for the third book in the series next year.

Have you read this? What did you think?

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