“I know your soul. Everything else is just an ornament.”
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.
I’ve never looked at mythology the same after Rick Riordan. He has so many books on different types of mythology that I got bored of myths and legends. And for almost 4 years now, I haven’t touched a mythology book. But then this book comes along, intriguing me with the inside flap. And so I check it out of the library…
…And I let it sit on my bookshelf for a couple of weeks.
When I finally do pick it up to read it, I am drawn in instantly. It reminded me in a way of A Court of Roses and Thorns on how the MC (main character) gets pulled into an alternate world, and “falls in love”. Then the MC is misled and leaves her lover behind. And then the MC comes back and saves her lover from a tragedy. Except A Star-Touched Queen has a couple of twists along the way.
The mythology part didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. Chokshi uses a lot of words from the Hindi language. And this excited me more than it should have. The mythology, unlike Riordan’s books, was not the basis of the story nor the main plot. It was merely a detail, and a very lovely one at that.
The only thing that frustrated me was that when I went to pick up the 2nd book, it was about the MC’s friend. I absolutely hate when that happens. I care about the MC, and the author is trying to go up and tell a completely different story. Uggghhh. But overall, an extraordinary read.
“I love you,” he murmured into my hair. “You are my night and stars, the fate I would fix myself to in any life.”
“I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. I wanted the impossible, which made it that much easier to push out of my mind.”
“Trust is won in years. Not words.”
“A memory is a fine legacy to leave behind.”
“The truth,” said Amar, taking a step closer to me, “is that you look neither lovely nor demure. You look like edges and thunderstorms. And I would not have you any other way.”
Where to read The Star-Touched Queen
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