I’m more than thrilled to be a part of The Star-Touched Queen blog tour, and today I’ll be sharing my review of this stunning new fantasy novel!
The Star-Touched Queen Blog Tour
About the Book
Title & Author: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Mythology
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher
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.”
About the Author
ROSHANI CHOKSHI comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling. More information on the author can be found at www.roshanichokshi.com.
The Star-Touched Queen Book Review
Dreamy, Steamy Magic
The Star-Touched Queen is one of those books that’s so beautifully written and so stunningly magical that you feel lucky you got to read it.
I feel like the “strong heroine” character has become a trope of kickass fighting girls who don’t take crap from anyone and who are over-the-top FIERCE.
But, Maya proves that being a strong woman can just mean resilience, intelligence and pushing forward. I just loved her entirely – her background, actions and personality were just so smartly executed.
The Star-Touched Queen refreshes a story from Indian folklore, and reads like a new twist on the Persephone/Hades myth.
Talk about world-building – there are several different situations where I sunk comfortably down into the details and set-up like a dream. The magic shown here felt new and imaginative and I wanted more, more more.
There are strange moments of humor that lighten the load in the second half of the book. There were well-timed and morbidly hilarious.
I so wish I could gush about OTHER parts of the book, but I want you to experience this story like I did. Not knowing much outside of the book description.
This book is for fantasy fans for sure, but also those who are in the mood to feel transported. I haven’t felt this way about a fantasy novel in a long time. I truly felt like I closed my eyes and opened them in Akaran.
This is the type of story that you’ll want to read over and over again. The Star-Touched Queen’s magic and writing is enough to recommend it, then adding in the romance and its simply a must-read novel – highly recommended.