March 19, 2017 by ceresbooksworld
A Crown Of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Book two of The Star-Touched Queen series
Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Publication date: March 28th, 2017
Source: eArc from the publisher
Rating: 5 hearts
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
This book is the story of Gaury and Vikram, if you read The Star-Touched queen you already know that Gauri is Maya’s sister and you also see Vikram in the first book. A Crown of Wishes took place a little after Gauri’s last meeting with Maya.
Gauri is princess of Bharat and she was a captive in the Ujijain Empire, at least she was until the prince of the Ujijain Empire sees her and asks her to help him to win the Tournament of Wishes. They will travel and fight together to win a wish.
Gauri is a strong woman, she lived in the Harem, she learns to fight, and she helps women of the Harem to learn how to fight. She tries to stand up to her brother, the king but she realizes that she is obliged to play the game, or else he takes on the people she loves. She doesn’t trust anyone and even if I find it sad, I understand the reasons for her choice. She was betrayed by the people who were close to her and now she is alone. One thing I like in Gauri is that she is strong and independent; she doesn’t need a man to take decisions. She is also stubborn but that saved her life in the past.
Vikram was an orphan, the Emperor adopted him and now he is bound to be the next Emperor but he doesn’t want to be the council’s puppet. Vikram likes words and he is very intelligent, in fact Gauri is the brute force and Vikram is the brain. It’s interesting to see a situation reversed and frankly I loved these two characters. They are moving, funny and tender, I find that A Crown of Wishes is even better than The Star-Touched Queen.
Roshani Chokshi once again made a masterpiece with this story, where we find action, romance, friendship and respect. We also discover a character who promises to be interesting and whose story I hope to discover in a future book.
The words are poetic and well chosen, the style of the author is truly magnificent and the characters are endearing.
Quick Word: A beautiful story that transports us into a magical world in a poetic way.
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.
Pinterested in A CROWN OF WISHES? Check it out here!
*I no longer read GR messages, but am always happy to talk to my readers via the contact form on my website or Twitter!
*Policy on friend requests: Please don’t be offended if I don’t accept your friend request! I use my GoodReads account a lot, and I get sucked into this Vortex of Angst and Concern whenever I stumble on a reader/reviewer’s status update/review of my book. For my own sanity, I try not to read reviews. When that reader/reviewer friends me, those statuses/reviews become impossible to avoid.