The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi
Summary: 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.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.
Source: I received a digital copy from NetGalley
The Star-Touched Queen was so amazing. The writing was incredible in every way, prompting me to highlight so many passages on my kindle. The story was beautifully told and a glorious mixture of Indian folklore and Greek mythology that worked so well together.
If this doesn’t win 2016 Goodreads Debut Novel, I will be shocked, because it will likely be my best debut novel of 2016. It’s good. Guys, it’s best book of the year good and I know some books will be pretty damn spectacular this year.
The best part?
It’s a standalone novel that HAS AN ENDING. Can we just take a moment to bask in the amazingness of having a fantasy/mythology novel that doesn’t span a bunch of books and make us wait for conclusions?
Maya grew up as the cursed princess. She was the unmarried daughter of the Raja. Her horoscope, something that was not taken lightly in their culture, told of Death and Destruction, making the women in the harem avoid her and spread rumors, often placing the blame on her for the deaths of others. After all, it was foretold.
Her life was thrown upside down when she was finally due to be married and events led her to take the hand of Amar, a faceless ruler of Akaran. He promised to treat her as his equal and she took his hand and was led into an unfamiliar world where she had to make tough decisions, unravel a mystery spanning over years and many lives, and rule as Queen.
If I say much more, I will spoil something that has been so generously left out of the synopsis, but the story was unique, amazing, and absolutely beautiful. I devoured every word and loved it. I highly recommend the book. As I said before, I have a feeling it will be on many Top 2016 Books lists because it’s just that good.