AfroBoricua Reads Book Reviews: The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Summary: 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.

My Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: Yes, would definitely recommend!

Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library. No spoilers.

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This book was beautiful to put it simply. A wonderful retelling of Hades and Persephone intertwined with Indian mythology but, wholly original. Roshani’s writing really shines with descriptions so vivid at times it’s like you were in the book.

I never really root for the romance in a lot of novels but Mayavati and Amar’s romance pulled me from the start. To see a relationship based on being equals, is rare in YA novels. Mayavati’s  journey to a lost princess to a Queen is inspiring. She starts out a neglected, forgotten princess in her father’s court and becomes a confident Queen in just 336 pages.

This is what all Hades and Persephone retellings should be held to, completely original but the essence of the mythos is still there. Roshani Chokshi created a world so completely original, yet still has echoes of fantasy worlds like Westeros.

My only problem with this book is that I felt we could’ve seen more Akaran and The Night Bazaar. All in all I am so excited for Crown of Wishes which comes out next year!

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