Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.
But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.
Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.
THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology.
Gah, this book! I wasn't expecting to read it, but it looked and sounded fantastic, and then I just felt an urge to read it, so I requested it, got it, and then just devoured it! It was so fantastic and enjoyable and different and amazing!
I loved the world, it was fascinating and I loved the details, it was just so great! And Maya, oh, Maya! I loved her narration, it was a bit lyrical, she was intelligent who'd been stuck with a "curse" and people didn't really treat her well because of that.
Akaran was a really fascinating place! Even though it was devoid of any living creature, besides Maya, Amar, and the guy whose name I've already forgotten. And that was it. There was the tapestry, but that's not easy to define as alive, more magic!
So the bad guy was pretty awful. She had an option, because it's not like Amar and Maya's previous self could do anything about the death. But if the bad guy had waited, then she could've had her love back. But no, she had to stir things up, trick and deceive Maya, and then pretty much enslave Amar. True that Maya and Amar didn't communicate very well and let their emotions get the best of them, that helped the bad guy's plans, but they didn't deserve that! But there was a pretty great ending!
Loved this book so much, and I'm torn-I would love a sequel for more time with these characters in this world, but on the other hand, I don't want them to be tormented further in a sequel!
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Read: March 2nd, 2016
Reason Why: Sounded really fantastic, and it's a SAC 2016 Book, Sophomore Challenge 2016 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Publication: April 26th 2016