I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, General, Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic
Format: Hardcover, Audio Book, eBook
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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.
“I promised you the moon for your throne and stars to wear in your hair,” said Amar, gesturing inside. “And I always keep my promises.”
When I first saw the cover of The Star-Touched Queen, I knew I wanted to check it out. I was very glad when I received a copy from the publisher, and couldn’t wait to read it. Sadly, things didn’t go to plan, and I’m just getting to it now. However, I’m glad I waited as I would have been disappointed from all of the hype. Not to say I didn’t enjoy this novel, I did, but the hype raised my expectations far beyond what would allow me to appreciate this story.
The Star-Touched Queen is an Indian fairytale retelling, in which a young princess cursed with a horrible fate becomes an unexpected queen. At only seventeen, and coming from a very sheltered background, Maya isn’t sure how to handle her responsibility. Especially when she yearns to know her husband, and he’s the keeper of some very dangerous secrets. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters. Maya was a strong female character, and I loved how she maintained her principles. Amar, her husband, was also an interesting character, and I thought they made a great couple. While I enjoyed the characters, the story was a bit predictable.
I had guessed the secrets Amar was keeping from the very beginning, so I wasn’t surprised when they were revealed. In fact, I was a tad bit frustrated that it took so long for Maya to catch on. This might not be a problem with the writing, but with the the fact that fairy-tales, myths, and legends tend to be a very formulaic format. There’s always a hero who must become worthy before he/she can reach their potential. A lesson to be learned by the hero and the reader. There’s always a villain with very human desires, faults, and sins. Plus, it didn’t hurt that this story reminded me of the myth of Persephone. Though I found the story predictable, I did enjoy reading a tale from another country, as I haven’t read many Indian folktales before. However, many of the elements required me to use Google or a dictionary as I’m not too familiar with Indian culture.
Overall, I would recommend this novel to fans of fairy-tales, myths, and legends. Especially, if you’ve been on the retelling wave lately. While the story wasn’t all that surprising for me, it was well-written, and I enjoyed reading it. However, with so many great books coming out this year, I don’t recommend running out right away to pick this one up unless there’s nothing else you want to read. Though enjoyable, it’s not a “must-read, right now” book.