The Star-Touched Queen: The Star-Touched Queen (Book 1)
by Roshani Chokshi
“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. While Maya is 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 rare 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 had not heard of The Star-Touched Queen, until I was looking on Goodreads for books that come out this year and I saw about A Crown of Wishes. So I decided I had to read The Star-Touched Queen first.
Maya is a princess living in her father’s palace, shunned by the other women in the harem, so she sulks in the shadows finding out the gossip and how the kingdom is run. However, one day when she goes to listen to her father and his court, she does not expect to listen in on them marrying her off.
I did not expect this book to be the way it was at all. I loved it, I wanted to gorge myself on it, but at the same time I wanted to take my time and enjoy it piece by piece. I went through happy, sad, shocked, tense, laughing, crying, angry, in awe… The Star-Touched Queen had me hooked from the first chapter and pulled me along a twisting path.
My favourite part has to be the bits of Maya with Amar, I loved the Night Bazaar and pretty much the whole of the second half. I did stop reading for a bit after the end of the first part, but that was so I could my head around what had just happened and to fix my heart. I like finding out more about different myths and legends (as I know a bit about the European ones but not further afield), so having a big influence from Indian mythology is wonderful.
I adore Maya and to see what she goes through is heart-wrenching. I also like Amar, Guari and Gupta. Apart from Guari who is just lovely, there are points when I didn’t particularly like Amar or Gupta, but they are incredible characters.
The Star-Touched Queen does end kind of wrapped up, but the series continues in A Crown of Wishes (out later this month). From what I have heard it has some of the side characters from The Star-Touched Queen, as the main characters. There is also a prequel novella coming out at the beginning of May.
While reading this book, I described it as a princess finding out who is she is and fighting to keep herself and the people she loves whole. I would recommend it to adults and teenagers. 5 out of 5.
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