Review + Giveaway: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

the star touched queenTitle: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: April 26th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating★★★
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Synopsis

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.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

I don’t actually read much fantasy novels because I visually enjoy the genre more than reading it but this book was such a delight to read. At first glance, I never thought that I would pick this book up because it feels a bit overwhelming. I have zero idea on Indian mythology but I have read from somewhere that this novel parallels Hades and Persephone so I gave this book a shot. Not to mention, my personal idea to widen the range of the books that I read.

The first thing that had me going with the book is the writing style. Chokshi’s writing is lyrical and poetic that it made the whole experience magical and surreal. Another thing I loved in this book is the chemistry, sizzling if I may say so, between Maya and Amar. I could honestly feel their emotions radiate from my reader and they never fail to make me smile. Their banter is one of the things to look forward to because it’s sweet yet snarky.

“When I looked up, I could imagine an existence as vast as the sky. Just as infinite. Just as unknown.”

Maya’s journey is not that different from other heroines I have read before but I did feel that there is a certain strength in her personality, something that makes her unique. Her journey is more of a personal discovery and facing reality amidst the presence of magic and power.

Amar’s character development fell short but it had a great potential. He just seems a little flat for me, but I’m looking forward to seeing more of him. I’m just glad there’s going to be a next book! Same goes for Gupta and Kamala.

“Weakness is a luxury you can no longer afford.”

Overall, the book is written beautifully. It’s vibrant, enchanting, and poetic. I had a great time learning about Indian mythology. This book is perfect for fans of high-fantasy.

As part of our 2nd Blogoversary Celebration, Roshani and I will be giving away a copy of The Star-Touched Queen! Open to INTL residents, as long as The Book  Depository ships to you!

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37 comments / Add your comment below

  1. TSTQ! Jhed and I have been talking about this book! I was supposed to read this one last week (but you know how life goes in the way). That aside, I’d be sure to read this one this coming week. I didn’t know there will be another book, I though it’s a standalone?

    You got me at Hades and Persephone (favorite Greek mythology)! I’m not familiar with Indian mythology so reading this will surely be refreshing.

    I am so ready to be swished by this enchanting book!

    1. I thought this was a standalone as well, but when I checked Goodreads, I found out that there’s another one. Possibly a sequel, but it’s not stated yet.

      Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading it! Super Kilig!!! ❤️

  2. I had zero filter on why everyone loved this book. But now, I know why. Books with poetic and lyrical style of writing is a way to go. It entices me to read.

    I hope I could get my hands on this book soon, and I’m itching to read it thanks to your review. ♡

  3. I don’t know much about Indian mythology either but I have been seeing this book all over. I love a book were the leads have great chemistry. I am def adding this to my TBR pile. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  4. Happy Blogoversary!
    I love Fantasy books and I especially love arranged marriages in books, so this book seems like the perfect fit for my reading preferences!

  5. Heard so many great things about this book and after reading your review, even more excited to read it. I haven’t had a chance to read a book that incorporates Indian mythology in it, so happy to learn something new.
    If I remember correctly, 2nd book isn’t actually a sequel, but a companion book.
    Thanks for a generous giveaway! :)

  6. First off, CONGRATS for having been blogging for 2 years! In the scheme of things, that’s a crazy accomplishment! You’re blog is lovely, and so are you. <3

    As for TSTQ, I really enjoyed it as well. It was getting so hyped up that I was nervous it was going to let me down. While it didn't surpass my expectations, it definitely met them. When you called it surreal, you hit the nail on the head! It was unlike any other fantasy that I've read before. I found it to be an interesting mix of The Wrath and the Dawn and A Court of Thorns and Roses, if you've read those. Great review, and congrats again! :)
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    1. Thank you so much, Em! It’s crazy because I didn’t think I would go this far in blogging. I haven’t read TWATD and ACOTAR yet but I’m definitely going to check them out!

  7. I just got an audiobook copy of this one and I’m so excited to get into it. I’m glad to hear you found the writing to be beautiful, Inah. Although like you, I’m not a frequent high fantasy reader, I can tell this one is a great book!

    1. I hope listening to the audiobook would be a better experience! I gotta try that one day! :D

  8. I’ve had this book on my reading list for a while. Beautiful cover, also. I recently read the short story A Trade at the Fox Wedding (over at Mythic Delirium) and just LOVED that. Definitely piqued my interest in this book! :)

  9. I’ve been hearing good things about this book + I totally love the cover so it’s an automatic add on my to-read list which is really piling up as months pass by. *le sigh* Anyway, happy blogoversary! *throws confetti everywhere*

  10. Congrats on your blogoversary! I have been looking forward to this book for a LONG time and have heard great things! I am a huge fantasy fan AND a huge fan of Renee’s and Sarah’s books, so comparisons to TWATD and ACOTAR moved this book to the top of my TBR mountain. :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

  11. I just recently read this book and OMG I totally loved it! The way it was written was so beautiful and it just sweeps you into the story. The whole love story was also pretty epic and absolutely loved Maya!

  12. It’s been quite some time since I’ve last read a high fantasy book so I think it’s time I pick this one up. I can tell just from those two quotes that Roshami’s writing is beautiful and unique just like you said. Nice review!

  13. I don’t read much fantasy as well, but I have been trying to remedy that. Looks like this book is the perfect book to read! I really hope to read this soon, and I hope to like it as much as everyone else because I would hate it if I were to become the black sheep when it comes to this one!

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  14. Thank You for this fabulous giveaway! This book really looks promising and I have no copy yet but I really do love to have my own copy so thank you so much for the giveaway! :) Happy Book blogging and more books for us bookworms! :)

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