Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
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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.
A beautifully detailed story inspired by Indian culture and mythology surrounding death, and reincarnation.
The Star-Touched Queen was a beautiful book. Roshani Chokshi’s writing is detailed and she weaves her fairytale world beautifully. It reminded me a lot of the Hades/Persephone story from Greek mythology. The main issue I had was that the writing at times could be a little too purple, a little too descriptive, but the tale held my attention enough that I was able to look past that.
The basic premise of the story is that a mysterious prince named Amar rescues the apparently cursed daughter of a Sultan, Maya, and takes her to his kingdom. His very unusual kingdom. Now if you’re familiar with Persephone’s story from Greek mythology, that will give you a bit of a clue as to what kind of kingdom this is.
Maya discovers that she is the re-incarnation of the Prince’s former wife and his one true soulmate. At first, once she figures out the truth about her now husband, she is happy. But as with all soulmates, someone is conspiring to bring about their demise, and through some well-played trickery (although as you’ll see, if Prince Mysterious-pants had shared a little more info, it could have been avoided) the precarious balance between life and death is thrown into chaos.
Having discovered the truth a few moments too late, Maya now sets off an interesting and unusual journey to fix the mistake she made and to restore balance to the world once more. With the help of a somewhat-reluctant flesh-eating horses spirit who can also talk, she makes her way through several obstacles and meets new and old friends and foes in order to achieve her goal.
There’s a lot packed into one book, but once I got into it, I had a hard time stopping. All in all I enjoyed The Star-Touched Queen quite a bit.