Sylvia Izzo Hunter

Sylvia Izzo Hunter was born in Calgary, Alberta, back in the days before Star Wars, and started making up stories at approximately the time she learned to talk. She now lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her spouse and daughter and their slightly out-of-control collections of books, comics, and DVDs. When not writing, she works in scholarly publishing (mostly digital), sings in two choirs, reads as much as possible, knits hats and baby blankets, and engages in experimental baking. Sylvia’s favourite Doctor is Tom Baker, her favourite pasta shape is rotini, and her favourite Beethoven symphony is the Seventh.

Follow Sylvia on Twitter @sylwritesthings.


  • Noctis Magicae Series
    The Midnight Queen (#1)
    Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  • Noctis Magicae Series
    Lady of Magick (#2)
    Sylvia Izzo Hunter
  • Noctis Magicae Series
    A Season of Spells (#3)
    Sylvia Izzo Hunter


Noctis Magicae Series

The Midnight Queen (#1)
“Debut novelist Sylvia Izzo Hunter renders both the setting and characters in vivid detail. The structured system of magick gives the fictional world weight, and Hunter manipulates the seemingly disparate plot elements to create tension that culminates in a satisfying conclusion.”

Shelf Awareness

“THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is, above all else, a powerfully atmospheric novel, and a huge reason why is because of Hunter’s writing [...] The atmosphere is incredible, and the characters are fantastically believable and delightfully developed [...] THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a love story that will warm your heart, and a story of magic and struggle, truth and might, in the face of all odds, with some stunning writing that will really hook readers and brings them into the colorful world that Hunter has created.”

Bookworm Blues

“In THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, Hunter pulls from a multitude of mystical tales and myths to create her own magical version of Britain that is both innovative and intriguing. The plot is creative and suspenseful — and never predictable. Your affection for the dynamic heroes will only grow as Hunter’s characters face challenge after unexpected challenge. The MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a novel that readers will be unable to put down.”

RT Book Reviews

“[MIDNIGHT QUEEN is a] well balanced, fantasy/historical read […] With a breathtaking cover and a great slow to start romance this one will have you reading until the owls hoot. I have to say that Sylvia blew me away with this debut novel and I will definitely be looking for more. Each element in this story grows and becomes important as the story progresses. It was a great read.”

Night Owl Reviews

“A great fantasy introductory book […] THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN sets up a storyline with intrigue, magic and romance […] [that is] a really fun ride.”

Seattle Geekly

“The world felt very realistic with a current of magic running throughout. It is a setting that I really take to. I love imagining our world (or historical London) as a magical place with wizards and spells and intrigue around every corner […] The Midnight Queen is an interesting story and will be great for readers of historical and fantasy lovers a like.”

Book Briefs

“This is a great book especially if you appreciate historical fiction paced like a Jane Austen novel […] It is a simple and lovely story and I certainly hope to read more in the same vein.”

Not Yet Read

“I found The Midnight Queen a very enjoyable read. It certainly lived up to my hopes from the blurb and then some. I wasn’t expecting the complexity of the plot but I am glad it was there because Gray, Sophie and their allies were able to shine in a variety of ways. I have added Hunter to my list of authors to keep checking for new releases.”

The Book Pushers

“Hunter pulls off the affected and mannered speech very well, both in dialogue and narrative […] Sylvia Izzo Hunter has crafted an impressive debut novel and begun a provocative series.”


“The book’s charm lies in its complex setting and plot […] [Hunter has] created an alternate world where everything seems familiar, but has been tweaked just enough to create a truly fantastical background […] This was MY sort of book and I really can’t praise it enough.”

The Adventures of Cecilia Bedelia

“An enthralling and magical story! […] THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN was such a well crafted and magical story that kept me hooked until the very last page.”

Books & Cleverness

“A well-balanced blend of fantasy with a historical fiction-type setting, overlaid with a story laced with a heavy dose of the kind of chaste, slow-burn romance one might find in a traditional Regency novel […] The Midnight Queen is a very beautiful, very atmospheric novel about young love.”


“Readers will enjoy the chess like plotting and conniving, the disguises and secrets, and the love story aspect.”

Whatchamacallit Reviews

“This novel should appeal to those who like their fantasy grounded in a world based on hard fact but definitely carrying that touch of the fantastic […] he Midnight Queen delivers enough action and intrigue that it should be a hit with readers.”

Owlcat Mountain

“The most enjoyable feature of the book was the world itself, well realized and clearly the work of much effort by the author.”


“The Midnight Queen is insanely original and imaginative, and it’ll give you that feeling when you want to visit the world […] see the sights […] and it’ll let you get completely lost in the book.”

Reality’s a Bore

“Hunter does a splendid job of confounding my expectations [and] […] The Midnight Queen keeps taking fresh turns. A fresh and inventive historical novel […] I can’t wait to see what Sylvia Izzo Hunter does next.”

Marie Brennan, author of A Natural History of Dragons

“[THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN is] elegantly written, fast-paced and highly original – a stunning story of magic, scholarship, and true love. Sylvia Izzo Hunter brings both rural Brittany and an alternative Regency England to vivid life. A remarkably assured debut.”

Juliet Marillier, national Bestselling Author of the Sevenwaters Novels

Lady of Magick (#2)
“Entertaining. . .Sophie and Joanna play central roles, which will delight fans of strong women. Hunter’s charming world, just a few steps off-center of our own, continues to offer many possibilities for future adventure.”

Publishers Weekly

“Another intriguing fantasy set in an alternate history version of Regency-era Europe.”

Library Journal

“The second installment in Hunter’s Noctis Magicae series will attract both familiar and new readers. The new kingdom of Alba is a stark contrast to Hunter’s version of Britain but every bit as creative and fascinating, allowing for a completely new and unexpected plot. The characters continue to grow and change, as individuals and as a couple, as they face both magical and personal challenges. A new twist in every chapter will keep readers desperately turning pages until the end.”

RT Book Reviews

“This was a great fantasy read. It was very quick and well I will have to track me down a copy of both books now. Fans of Robin McKinley will enjoy this one as well. I know I did [...] The author did a wonderful job continuing the story. With magic, romance, and mystery this is sure to make your toes curl.”

Night Owl Book Reviews

“Ms. Hunter has done it again! I enjoyed this second installment in the hauntingly beautiful and mysterious Noctis Magicae series […] I was lost in the world. I found it difficult to put down, as I eagerly wanted to know what was in store for Sophia and Grey. I feel as if there is still so much left for them as they continue on striving for a happily-ever-after […] If you enjoy historical mysteries within fantasy world, look no further and give the Noctis Magicae a try.”

That’s What I’m Talking About

“LADY OF MAGICK introduces a new kingdom in the Noctis Magicae world, and does a wonderful job of expanding the alternate UK that Sylvia Izzo Hunter established in the first book […] If you have even a passing interest in Regency era Scotland, I promise you’ll find Alba and its people absolutely riveting […] [LADY OF MAGICK is] well written and atmospheric, and expands on world building and characters alike. If you’re not reading this series and you like historical fantasy, I highly recommend it!”

Fine Print

“Fans of fantasy and romance need look no further than Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s Lady of Magick for an entertaining read full of royal intrigue, daringly disobedient young ladies, and regional politics [...] The author also does a credible job of weaving the intricate threads of world-building and characterization to produce a substantial, yet still thoroughly diverting tale of drawing rooms, state lines, family ties, and ancient power. 5 Stars – Stay up All Night”

Read Now, Sleep Later

“Strong world-building and impressive character development make Lady of Magick by Sylvia Izzo Hunter stand out [...] The quality of the writing is an easy 5/5.”

Fangirl Nation

A Season of Spells (#3)
“Hunter’s characters and setting feel fully formed, and the story moves briskly through its twists and turns. This compelling blend of fantasy, intrigue, and Regency romance adds up to a thoroughly satisfying adventure.”

Publishers Weekly

“This is a well-rounded and solidly executed trilogy.”

Ageless Pages

“Intriguing fantasy.”

Library Journal

“Elegantly written, fast-paced, and highly original.”

Juliet Marillier, national bestselling author

Awards & Accolades