Pub. Date: April 26, 2016
Source: e-ARC via netgalley (Thank you, St. Martin’s Griffin!)
Summary: 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.
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mythology/Folklore
I’ve been sitting on this review for a while now; every single time I attempt to say something – anything – my mind blanks. Part of me simply wants to say read this book and leave it at that!
Maya lives in a kingdom that swears by horoscopes. Unfortunately, hers foretells a union with Death itself, resulting in a lifetime of snide remarks, terrified looks, and whispers behind her back. With the Raja as her father, Maya’s lived a suitably cushioned, if ostracized, childhood and started to play up her doom-and-gloom future; she’s seen what marriage has done to the women in her father’s harem and Maya would rather not have anything to do with that, thank you very much.
However, with a war rapidly approaching, her father has made the decision to invite several suitors to the palace. These men, royalty from enemy kingdoms, are willing to overlook a Death-centric horoscope in the name of politics. When Maya selects her husband, however, she has no idea what truly awaits.
Maya’s love for her little sister, the wonder of the Night Bazaar, flesh-eating horse demons, glass gardens, the romance…from the very first sentence I was utterly spellbound and completely lost myself to Chokshi’s incredible world and her fantastic characters. Without giving too much away, I have to say The Star-Touched Queen was so breathtakingly beautiful – Chokshi’s writing is nothing short of lyrical and the entire book has a dreamy, fairytale-like quality to it that I couldn’t help but love! At a time when trilogies and series are hotter than hot, this standalone that’s heavily steeped in mythology and folklore was one of my most anticipated releases of 2016 and I’m thrilled to say it did not disappoint! I hate to be so stinkin’ vague but, seriously, get a copy of this book. Now. Roshani Chokshi recently announced she’s working on a companion novel and I for sure will be reading it!