Death and Night: The Star-Touched Queen (Book 0.5)
by Roshani Chokshi
“Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only Death and Night.
He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.”
While looking at The Star-Touched Queen, I saw that a novella was coming out, and after reading The Star-Touched Queen I knew I had to read it. I managed to get it as a preorder bonus from A Crown of Wishes. You do not need to have read The Star-Touched Queen to read this novella, in fact I think it spoilt it a bit as I knew what was going to happen overall.
Death is going about his business when he decides that he needs a queen, so sets about trying to find one, or more getting Gupta to look for him. While Night enjoys the hours between sunset and dusk with Nritti, and then dances the night in, before selling dream fruit at the Night Bazaar.
Wow, that stole my breath away. It was incredible, moving, funny, sad and entwined so well with The Star-Touched Queen. I wish that I could have read this before the Star-Touched Queen and then all the little nuances and crossovers would have been so cute.
My favourite characters are Night, Death and Gupta. I love Gupta and his relationship with Death, there were several places where I burst out laughing, my husband looked at me like an idiot when he then read the same lines. I really enjoyed getting to know Death’s back story more than what we find out in The Star-Touched Queen, I also loved getting to know Night. After reading this novella I now feel sorry for Nritti, where as I did not before.
How am I meant to pick one favourite bit? I loved all of it, but the best parts were Death and Night together or Death and Gupta. I also loved getting to see the Night Bazaar more. I also burnt my Night Bazaar candle from The Melting Library while reading it, which set me in the right frame of mind and set up the location even more.
Death and Night kind of ends on a cliffhanger, but it does end up wrapped up. You can read it as a standalone or you can go onto The Star-Touched Queen.
While reading this novella, I described it as Death and Night finding themselves and an unexpected relationship. I would recommend it to teenagers and adults. 5 out of 5.