March 12, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Book one in The Star-Touched Queen Series
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Rating: 5 hearts
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.
The synopsis is sufficient so I won’t resume the story; let’s go directly to what I think of this book.
I like the setting in India and the Indian Mythology; it’s interesting to read a book in this country. Maya is a strong girl, despite the horoscope that cursed her, she is very smart and independent. I like the way she acts for the most part, the only time I didn’t like it is when she trusts a person but not listen to her feelings. When she decides to marry Amar and go to Akaran to be a queen, she didn’t expect to rule over a kingdom totally different of Bharata. She took the thing well, but the loneliness is not something to be taken lightly, she hears voices in the corridors, the latter push her to open doors that lead her to dangerous and unknown territories.
Amar is an intriguing character; I feel that he doesn’t want any harm to Maya and that he’s in love with her. In spite of everything, I also know that he has a secret, he cannot talk about it and he will be lost. The choices he makes aren’t always the right ones but what his first priority is to protect Maya.
The relationship between Maya and Amar is slowly building up, I would have liked more passage only between them but I still liked the attraction that attracts these two young people to each other. This is a story of love and trust, Maya and Amar are perfect together and I love them as a couple.
I loved the story, the setting and the characters; Roshani Chokshi has a gift to tell stories that make traveling and dreaming. I’m currently reading A Crown Of Wishes, the second volume and I love it as much as the first if not more.
Quick Word: A wonderful story in India with Indian Mythology and a strong woman.
About the author
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and the upcoming A CROWN OF WISHES, releasing March 28, 2017. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.
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