I honestly think that The Star-Touched Queen may have been a cover-buy for me. However, that also might just be because I hardly ever read book synopses before I buy (or even read) them.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
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.
Plot: I wasn’t really sure what the plot here was. There was lots of beautiful prose and lovely ideas and imagery swimming through the novel, but I couldn’t quite place the plot other than girl-wants-to-find-her-freedom, but the plot veers around so many different times that it was kinda hard to keep up, and when the middle of the book rolled around, I wasn’t really sure what the plot even was. The thing that kept me turning the pages was the promise of “revealed secrets” at one of the phases of the moon. It felt like a lot of waiting.
Characters: None of the characters were all that fantastic to me. But, I did like the horse. The characters weren’t terrible, though. And it was interesting to see an emperor father-figure who wasn’t outright terrible/awful to the main character, despite his actions.
Overall: I think what I enjoyed most about this book was the language and descriptions. I’m a sucker for twirly, fluttery words because I take metaphors and try to imagine them literally and I like to see which metaphors work for me and which don’t, and it becomes a fun mind exercise while I’m reading. It wasn’t what I was expecting, and it took me by surprise. I also haven’t read a book with this kind of world setting before, so it will probably stick out in my mind longer and be more memorable for that reason.
I give The Star-Touched Queen 3.5/5 stars.
I’ve officially completed my first week, 7 whole days, of my 14 Day Reading Challenge!
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