Title: The star-touched queen and A crown of wishes
Author: Roshani Choski
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Page count book 1: 339
Page count book 2: 367
Release day book 1: April 26th 2016
Release day book 2: March 28th 2017
Rating book 1: 3 stars
Rating book 2: 4 stars
What is it about?
Because of her horoscope, Maya is cursed. Her horoscope promises her a marriage of death and destruction, this earned her feared looks in her father’s kingdom. Nevertheless Maya is contend with her life, until her father arranges a political wedding to suppress rebellions. So Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and the wife of Amar. Both of these roles are different than she had expected, as a queen she finds a voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds compassion, protection and desire.
But, of course, Akaran has it’s own secrets, there are thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories. Maya is starting to believe her life is in danger, but she doesn’t know who she can trust besides her husband. With the fate of the human and otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spends reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most, including herself..
This book follows different characters than book 1, we have met these characters though. Also this book is a couple of years later!
Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. She is facing a future as exile, when hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the prince of a neighbouring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with the idea of becoming a 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.
What I thought:
I actually don’t have too much to say about these books, they were enjoyable but didn’t make a big impact on my reading life.
For the first 50 pages I thought: I’ve read this before.. But then it took a turn I did not expect, and I really enjoyed that!
I did have a really hard time getting into this book, partly because I did not really connect with the main character .. And partly because the writing style was hard to read for me personally.
I did really like the world, it was different from what we normally get in ‘these kind of books’. Also I really liked Gauri!
I liked these main characters so much better than the ones from book 1! I already really liked Gauri in the first book, where she had only a small role to play.
And since I read these books directly after each other I already knew what to expect regarding the writing style. So that really helped me getting into this book! I also really liked the competition part of this book, and the romance
I definitely plan on reading other books by her! (Aru sha and the end of time sounds really good!)
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