The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokski
Published April 26, 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
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.
First, I have to say I adored this book, 5 stars! I was warned by some book friends that it was a bit abstract, which it is, but I thought it was brilliant. It also reminded me a bit of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge; the very complex world building required of both books in incredible. I really enjoyed the main character and narrator in this book Maya; she is strong and intelligent which is something I love to see in MCs. The writing in this book is amazing, seriously, Roshani Chokski is an amazing writer and I am surprised that this book has no gotten more attention. Also, the hardcover edition of this book is absolutely stunning.
My star-touched queen,’’ he said softly, as if he was remembering something long ago. ‘‘I would break the world to give you what you want.’’
I also really enjoy mythology and re-tellings and enjoyed what I think are hints at the Hades/Persephone myth. And of course, it did remind me of Alice in Wonderland because of all the doors and magical rooms in Akaran. I also really enjoyed this book because it was so different from anything else I have read recently which is always refreshing. The plot does get a bit complicated at times but I never found it hard to follow and it moves along at steady pace. And I enjoyed many of the other characters such as Amar and the smart mouthed demon horse Kamala. And of course, I do enjoy romance, so this book had a great mix of fantasy, mythology and romance. Happy reading!