Title: A Crown of Wishes
( The Star-Touched Queen #2 )
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Published: 28. March 2017
Edition: St. Martin’s Griffin
Hardcover, 369 pages
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Romance
An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…
She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
◄ 5 out of 5 stars ►
I adore Roshani Chokshi’s writing style. It’s beautiful and flowery and I can’t get enough of it. I want to read everything that Roshani Chokshi writes. I read her first book The Star-Touched Queen a bit over two years ago and it immediately became one of my favourite books. I have written a review for it, if you are interested in more of my thoughts. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to pick up A Crown of Wishes! Though to be fair, I have reread The Star-Touched Queen a few times since I fist read it, so there is that as well.
A Crown of Wishes was a wonderfully magical book. The world-building that Roshani Chokshi does in this series is simply vivid and imaginative. I can’t get enough of her stories set in this world! In A Crown of Wishes the world gets even more expanded and we get to learn about many more aspects of it and I completely adored that. I really wish that there was a map for this world. I loved the tournament aspect of this book, it was very interesting seeing all the different challenges and how the characters dealt with them.
Speaking of the characters, I completely adore Gauri! She was such a fascinating character to read about. I was intrigued by her when I first read about her in The Star-Touched Queen and when I found out that she would be one of the main characters in this book I was ecstatic! I loved seeing her when she is older and how much she has changed from the character in the first book. Vikram was also a very fascinating character, a lot different than I expected him to be. Not that that is a bad thing, he actually ended up being a lot more interesting than I thought he would be in the beginning.
Both Gauri and Vikram were amazing characters on their own, I adored reading from both of their perspectives. Their interactions were amazing to read about as well. I loved seeing how their interactions and thoughts towards the other person changed as the story progressed. There were so many amazing conversations between the two of them! There were also many interesting side-characters in this story that I enjoyed learning more about.
Overall I completely adored this book! A Crown of Wishes was an amazing sequel to The Star-Touched Queen. I definitely recommend this book to everyone! I can’t wait to get my hands on more of Roshani Chokshi’s books, especially Star-Touched Stories as I need more from these characters and from this world.