Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom's enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they'll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there's nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Loved reading this book! I loved the first book, and I was so excited to read this book! This book isn't as sweeping as the first one-she's not the reincarnation of a goddess, basically. But there's this tournament-the last one, and after that, the Otherworld will be closed off. So this was pretty important!
I'm glad that I read bits and pieces of The Star-Touched Queen while reading this. Because it's been so long since I read it, I forgotten Vikram's part, and how he and his mother's future was a learning lesson for Maya! So yeah, that, along with Maya with Gauri, made reading this book so much better!
The writing was just a little too flowery for me, that there were parts that were just nonsense, basically. For me, personally, this book would've been a lot better with less of the random, beautiful words. They hampered the story, just a bit!
I loved that Maya and Gauri met again in this book, however briefly, and however much Gauri didn't remember it! And this story of the tournament, and these people who have their broken bits. Of what immortality is, and how stories can be so much more than what one person sees them as, and how things were connected in this book!
I really loved this book, it was a fantastic sequel even with its flaws, and I really enjoyed reading it!
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2
Read: March 12th, 2017
Reason Why: Loved the first book, and it's a Historical Fiction 2017 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2017 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Publication: March 28th 2017