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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.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Before I say anything else about the book, I want to mention that this book is not inspired by Indian Mythology but rather Hindu Mythology. Many might assume that the two are the same thing but they are not as India is not comprised of one religion.
1. It’s amazing. Of course it is. It’s inspired by Hindu mythology that is done pretty accurately. It also has elements of Greek mythology and the two worked combine are amazeballs.
2. The writing style. It’s hard to get used to as first but over the course of the book I found that it was perfect for the story. The writing style is gorgeous and lyrical and makes you think of all the fairy tales.
3. The cover. Like how can you not look at the cover and be like “GIMME THIS BOOK NOW”
4. The characters. Omgggg so many wonderful characters including a wonderful demon horse named Kamala. Mayavati is a great MC and so easy to get behind. I loved watching her story in fold.
5. The romance. Umm yess. Fantasy romance is honestly one of my fav sub genres and Chokshi combines fantasy and romance wonderfully in this novel. There is a melancholic undertone to the book that just adds to the fairy-tale feels and makes me want to curl up and never leave these characters. Also all the shippy feels. I just wanted to protect my children, okay? MY POOR BABIES.
6. The plot/pacing. Umm yes? I love love the pacing in this book. The first half is slow and steady but the second half of the book is wonderfully intense. ALL THE THINGS HAPPEN and the way Chokshi fits together pieces of the puzzle is great.
7. Because I said so. Obviously if I say things, as my minions you are obliged to follow my commands.
If you cannot tell from the list featured above that I loved this book, I don’t know what else to say. When I heard about The Star-Touched Queen, I was pumped but also a little terrified that the book wouldn’t do Hindu mythology justice but it DID. I am so fucking glad this book exists because I feel like my story is finally being told (there are also other amazing books out there that have main characters of an Indian origin but not as many as I would like.) THANK YOU ROSHANI CHOKSHI for giving us this book.
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