Title: The Star-Touched Queen
( The Star-Touched Queen #1 )
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Published: 26. April 2016.
Edition: St. Martin’s Griffin
Hardcover, 342 pages
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | 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.
◄ 5 out of 5 stars ►
The writing style in this book is absolutely wonderful! I don’t remember the last time that I have encountered such a beautiful writing style. It basically made me want to read EVERYTHING that Roshani Chokshi has EVER written (or rather will write). She is definitely an author that I’ll be on the lookout for in the future.
The world building was vivid and the magical elements very interesting. The mythology (or folklore or whatever, I’m not sure from where the inspiration for the world came from) that it’s based was not something I was familiar with, so I had even more fun exploring it and learning more about it as I continued reading this book. I don’t want to go into the plot, at all – I just think it’s best to go in this book not knowing much about it. (At least it was that way for me and it really pleasantly surprised me.)
The characters were wonderful as well. I loved both main characters, Maya and Amar. I don’t really want to go into detail, as to why – knowing myself I would spoil stuff without meaning to. 😄 I didn’t really care about the side characters, as they weren’t developed much. I liked the fact that we got to see more of them (well, some of them) later in the novel, which I didn’t expect at all. The one character that I’m most interested in (aside from the two main ones) is Gauri, the little sister of Maya, and that makes me even more exited about the companion novel, as it is going to be her story.
This story has also Hades and Persephone elements and I absolutely LOVED that fact. If you know me, you know that I adore Greek mythology (and mythology in general) and that the story of Hades and Persephone is one of my all time favourites. And I love it when books have elements of their story in them.
The romance in this book can be seen as insta-love…a bit that it? It depends on how you interpret it. I’m not usually a fan of it, but with Hades and Persephone retellings (inspired stories) I don’t mind it AT ALL. I just wanted to point it out, as I know that many people are put out by that.
Would I recommend this book? DEFINITELY! I absolutely adored everything about this book and there is no way that I wouldn’t recommend it!
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Thank you so much for reading my review! I hope you have a wonderful day.