The Star-Touched Queen is the story of a princess named Maya, who has been shunned and feared all her life by the people of her father’s kingdom for the terrible horoscope that promises her a marriage of death and destruction. And the future comes true as the stars foretold it: Maya is wed to Amar, and becomes the queen of his kingdom of Akaran. As queen, Maya is finally able to wield the power she’s always dreamed of having – but this kingdom is not all it appears to be. Soon, she is faced with a great dilemma, and it is up to her to save herself, her husband, and her kingdom.
The unique cultural elements and beautiful words make a story that would otherwise be an extremely familiar, tired plot into something new, though it didn’t work the same way for the characters. (I wasn’t overly impressed with Maya or Amar, though I did love two of the secondary characters very much.) Still, even though I didn’t love these characters, I certainly enjoyed the story – and there’s definitely something to be said for that. If you like lush prose and tales touched with elements from myths and fairy tales, then you should definitely read The Star-Touched Queen.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin | Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Source: ARC downloaded from NetGalley (Thanks!)
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.