The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher:St. Martin's Griffin
A Young Adult novel
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
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.
*An advanced reader's copy was provided by the publisher for this blog tour & and honest review*
The Star-Touched Queen was a Hades & Persephone story unlike any other. With luscious imagery and Indian mythology and themes swirled in, this one was a beautiful necessity to have in my life. I even ordered the hard copy just so I could have the tangible beauty.
When a horrid horoscope takes Maya's life into a fate worse than death, the kingdom of Akaran and the handsome and gentlemanly Amar are her only hope of survival. And though the mystery surrounding Akaran is not all that mysterious, the descriptions or rooms in the palace, the food and the Night Bazaar, and the creatures regarding Indian myths and legends were vivid and strung together as nothing less than poetic.
While Maya's character does dwell in some very high-horsed and authoritative ideals, she does become a more humble and adoring character throughout the story. As she moves through the Otherworldly realms, I happened to really enjoy the moments she is walking around with the horse, around halfway through the book. While I am drawing a blank of the horse's name (so sorry!), of course the only name I forget in the novel is the one that I have a strange fixation on. Amar was another, whose prowess and gentlemanly attributes and care towards Maya was so sweet and sensual that I was head over heels!
This novel is a true gem, and any of you who love vivid descriptions that fly off the page, please please pick up The Star-Touched Queen. I promise, you will not be disappointed.
Four targets slayed for horses, Night Bazaars, and delicious images
Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling
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