(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
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.
Anything I say here truly won’t do this book, this story, this writing justice. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of The Star-Touched Queen and kind of went into it a bit blind, simply knowing in a vague sense that the story had elements of Indian and Greek mythology but not to what extent. I have to say I fell in love with it.
I honestly don’t want to say too much about the story itself because I don’t want to spoil anything for someone reading it, because it is truly about the experience of immersing yourself in Chokshi’s beautiful words and sentences and drowning in the worlds that she has created, but the world building is spectacular and I loved how vivid it was… once again a credit to Chokshi’s writing abilities. You’ll be able to picture each and every scene through her descriptions and I wanted to get lost in it all.
Maya and Amar… I adored them both so much. Throughout you know that Amar is holding something back, but you can tell that his feelings for Maya are true and deep and I just loved seeing their relationship develop and grow.
And the twists and turns… the last quarter of the book I’m pretty sure I didn’t breathe until I turned the last page!
If you’re looking for a beautifully told story of love and loss, deception and trust, and overcoming one’s predicted destiny… a story that delves into reincarnation and past lives and other worlds… a story with a cheeky and very hungry talking horse I can’t recommend The Star-Touched Queen enough. Get this one on your TBR list and make sure you pick it up as soon as possible!
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