The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi – 5/5 stars
“No matter where we are, we’ll always share the same sky. We can always find each other in the same constellation.”
Thank you so much to Harlequin Australia for sending me a copy of this book to review!
“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.
The Star Touched Queen is such a remarkable book. Going into it I did not know what to expect! It was such a lovely and entertaining book, full of fantastical elements and romance. There were many aspects of this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. These included; the plot, the setting, the writing style and the relationship between the two main characters.
The overall plot of the book was very captivating and hooked you in. The story was from Maya’s perspective, a seventeen-year old princess who lives inside the royal courts. She has been prophesied to have a cursed life full of death and destruction. Maya embarks on a quest to find her true identity, where she is met with lies, deceptions and betrayals.
The world in which this story took place was such a unique world. It is a fantasy, Indian mythology world. The world building was done so well as it used a large amount of descriptive language and imagery. The author, Roshani Chokshi uses such an extravagant and elegant writing style in her book. Each sentence is so full with metaphors and descriptions, making it a very enjoyable and an interesting book to read. The descriptions in the book provoke all of your senses, making you get a full sight of the beautiful, Indian cultured world. Whilst I was reading this book I felt as though I was right in the world and that I could touch each item that the author described.
I also really enjoyed reading about Maya and Amar’s relationship as it blossomed throughout the story. To me I felt their relationship slowly started off as being insta-love, but it grew more than that towards the end of the book when you discovered more about the characters themselves.
Both of the main characters as individuals were easy to understand and read about. Maya was such a strong, feministic character; whilst Amar had hidden secrets that made you very intrigued, wanting to know more about him. One of my favourite characters of the book was the demon horse Kamala. She was hilarious and is now one of my favourite animal characters.
Overall I thought this was an exceptionally written book that is a great read. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading fantasy books. If you are interested in buying this book your can order a copy from Book Depository, Amazon and Booktopia.
Disclaimer: I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. My sister reviewed this for me, all thoughts and opinions are her own.