I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: Stand alone
Published: April 26, 2016 by St. Martins Griffin
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.
What an amazing story! Such imagery and beautiful storytelling throughout this story! I was quite blown away!
The story follows Maya who has a terrible horoscope that was predicted at the time of her birth and so she is shunned by everyone in the harem. Everyone thinks she will bring destruction to the city except for one little half-sister who loves her. Then one day everything changes and Maya is soon thrown into a whole another world where nothing makes sense and yet only she has the power to do what is right to save everyone that she loves.
I don’t know much about Indian folklore or mythology but this book makes me want to read and find out more! The only problem that I had is that it does get a little slow in the middle but then it picks up again. I also liked how it’s a standalone and that I don’t have to wait forever for the next book. Its quite a long book at 352 odd pages but it doesn’t feel that long! Apparently the author is working on her second novel which includes some of the minor characters from this story! I am so excited for that!