Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: April 26th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, YA
‘Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.
But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.
Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.
Inspired by Indian mythology.’
“What do you want from me?
He stopped, the smile was gone from his lips.
“I want your perspective and honesty,” he said, before adding in a softer voice, “I want to be humbled by you. My kingdom needs a queen. It needs someone with fury in her heart and shadows in her smile. It needs someone restless and clever. It needs you.“
‘‘You know nothing about me.’’ ‘‘I know your soul. Everything else is an ornament.’’
A few things I didn’t love about the book, except for the fact that Amar felt a bit one-dimensional, is that I would have liked to see a bit more world-building and some passages felt a bit rushed. I wish the book was about 100 pages longer, but then again, my Netgalley copy was 230 pages, and Goodreads says The Star-Touched Queen has 350 pages, so who knows? Maybe the final copy will be 100 pages longer.
Overall, The Star-Touched Queen was absolutely stunning and you don’t want to miss it!