Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: December 1st 2016
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
“I promised you the moon for your throne and stars to wear in your hair,” said Amar, gesturing inside. “And I always keep my promises.”
“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.”
I really enjoyed this novel. This is Roshani Chokshi’s debut novel and I think she was very successful with it. I loved the world and characters and the plot kept me interested throughout the whole book. I loved how Roshani Chokshi weaved some Indian culture into her story.
Maya is a strong girl and I loved her. She’s strong-willed, intelligent and compassionate. Despite all the people who have hurt her during her life, she continues to yearn to protect them and care for them. When Amar showed up, I was weary of him. But even so, I found him to be sweet and loving, and I’d definitely like my own Amar. I also love Gauri, and would love to see more about her. I want another scene of these two half-sisters.
I love the world building. The Night Bazaar sounded beautiful and magical, despite its danger. And Akaran sounds so peaceful too, I wish our world could be as peaceful as Akaran (yes, I am well aware there was no one around but I’m just saying the world would be a great place if it were peaceful). However, Bharata didn’t interest me too much and I think I might’ve enjoyed it more if Maya had spent more time in the world.
I also feel like the book picked up towards the middle/end. But this was also the point where everything confused me. I was satisfied with the ending, but there were so many gaps for me because I wasn’t able to comprehend what was happening. Even so, I preferred the second half of the books to the first because much more things were happening and Maya’s quest was more interesting than her sitting around in Akaran.
Although I liked this, I found it to be way too predictable. The moment Gupta opened his mouth, I had predicted most of the plot and was disappointed when I discovered I was correct. I would have preferred it to be surprising and do something I wouldn’t have thought of.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel and for a debut, I think it was done well. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of Roshani Chokshi’s writing and will pick up A Crown of Wishes. I think it is worth picking up, especially if you want a quick fantasy read.