Roshani Chokshi’s elegant writing transports you to a world where the threads of life are found within the tapestry under the stars.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
The beauty is in the stars in this book, and that is why I chose to pair this Luna Nuda Italia Prosecco with The Star-Touched Queen. This dry sparkling wine represents the wonder of the stars, while the crisp acidity describes the secrets to be revealed.
*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
The Nitty Gritty
- Title: The Star-Touched Queen
- Author: Roshani Chokshi
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
- Pub Date: April 26, 2016
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.
Roshani’s writing style is beautiful, and the way she described the world was simply stunning. I wanted to write down so many of the gorgeous quotes I discovered within the pages of this book, but a few of my favorites include:
“Come with me and you shall be an empress with the moon for your throne and constellations to wear in your hair.”
“I see only night and smoke, dreams and glass, embers and wings. And I would not have you any other way.”
“I could have been verse made flesh or compressed moonlight. Anything other than who I was now.”
I enjoyed everything about this world and the characters within it. Maya is transported to an unknown realm, a beautiful world where all the stories are real. The different realms in this book are equally unique and hold many secrets. The writing is so vibrant and alive, you feel like you’re walking through the halls of Naraka yourself.
Maya is such a proud but naive character. She is also very dynamic. She is forced to marry a stranger by her father in order to bring peace to her kingdom, but she is in for a surprise when a masked man claiming to be one of her potential suitors shows up to save her from an impending invasion. She is pulled into another world where she sets out on a journey to find Amar, the man she loves, in order to save him and the fate of everyone she loves.
Part two introduces us to the beginning of Maya’s journey as well as one of my favorite characters. She’s not the creature one would expect as a companion but Kamala brings such an interesting dynamic to the book that you can’t help but fall in love with her. She’s cynical, morbid, and downright beastly, and I love her! She is a myth come to life with an agenda of her own, and the deal she makes with Maya sets them up for an unexpected friendship.
Although the words were beautiful, and the story unique, I did find the pacing at the beginning of the story a bit slow and was much more engaged when it started picking up later on.
This book is full of wonder and mystery. Crown of Wishes is next on my book list, and I can’t wait to read more about this beautiful world and see what happens next!
This cover is stunning. The color scheme fits perfectly with what is found on the pages within. The navy of the stars transitioning to the sunset is beautiful, and the image of Maya holding the lantern while gazing at a palace in the distance reflects the journey between worlds.
This audiobook is narrated by Priya Ayyar, and she did a wonderful job. Her tone of voice was exactly how I’d imagined Maya to sound, young but brave. The character voices are all really well done and compliment the authenticity of Roshani Chokshi’s writing.
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and the upcoming A CROWN OF WISHES, releasing March 28, 2017. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, “The Star Maiden,” was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.
Have you read The Star-Touched Queen yet? What did you think of it? Have you, or do you plan on reading Crown of Wishes?