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Gr 9 Up-Born with a horoscope that predicts a marriage of death and destruction, Maya is an outcast in her father's kingdom, Bharata. When Amar's political machinations go horribly wrong, Maya finds herself married to him and queen of Akaran-a mysterious place filled with secrets and magic. Amar offers Maya the chance to rule at his side and become more than Bharata ever would have allowed. All he asks in return is her patience and trust, which soon prove more than she can give. Her search for answers will lead her across worlds and through her own fragmented memories to discover surprising truths about her husband's kingdom and herself. Maya is refreshingly unapologetic about her ambitions and her desire for independence. Although her distrust and doubts lead to the main conflict of the story, she is quick to own those mistakes and works to correct them even when it might be to her detriment. Chokshi's debut fantasy is filled with vivid and unexpected imagery as Maya discovers the wonders and dangers found in her new home in the Otherworld. Well-researched figures from Hindu folklore and mythology, astonishing creatures, and expressive characters further complement the story. A setting drawn from ancient India, romance with feminist sensibilities, and a unique magic system reminiscent of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Little, Brown, 2011) make this a novel sure to appeal to fans of Renée Ahdieh's The Wrath and the Dawn (Putnam, 2015). VERDICT A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.-Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for The Star-Touched Queen:
New York Times Bestseller
#9 on the Summer 2016 Kids' Indie Next List
A Goodreads Best Book of the Month
“Chokshi's prose is captivating, and the pages come alive …. Maya is a strong heroine, and while there is romance, an emphasis on familial love adds another level of richness to a folkloric fantasy about sacrifice, self-discovery, and making your own destiny.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Richly imagined, deeply mythic, filled with lovely language… this is an author to watch” ― Kirkus Reviews
"Magic is woven into every word of the STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Vibrantly imaginative and gracefully written, I was spellbound from the first line. A dazzling, sensuous feast of world-building, romance, and mythology." ―Sarah J. Maas, New York Times Bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series.
"Roshani Chokshi has crafted a bewitching tale with a setting so vivid and unique, I wished I could step right through the pages." ―Amy Ewing, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Jewel
"Chokshi's storytelling glimmers like magic on every page-a novel meant to be savored." ―Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix
"A luscious, bloodthirsty fairy tale with all the romance, magic, and gorgeous mythology I could ask for ―Tessa Gratton, author of Blood Magic and The United States of Asgard series
"Gorgeously poetic writing gives vibrant, sensuous life to the worlds of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN." ―Kate Elliott, of Court of Fives
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Maya's character intrigued me and I was able to relate to her through her loving protection of Gauri, her half-sister and her incredibly witty friendship with Kamala. However, she still lacked some quirks (this has become a real pet peeve of mine). She was incredibly plot driven, but I don't know her favorite color, or those little details that happen when you really know someone.
I disliked Amar, all Amar and Amar love. Amar doesn't really have a personality, except he is powerful and loves Maya. Additionally, they don't talk about anything. Maybe he knows everything, but they do not have any conversations of shared interests, or even real communication. There are no conversations where they unravel each other's histories or even look at their flaws.
With the wonderful writing and characters that I actually did enjoy, there were always moments where it snagged. HOWEVER, I am still left with an overall enjoyable experience and look forward to the sequel A LOT. Especially since I know who is the MC.
What a fiery tale I have just read! A gorgeously creative mix of Indian folklore and mythology this book takes the story of Persephone and Hades and transforms it into a new world entirely.
Chokshi’s grasp of language is akin to that of an artist and their beloved paints. Each word is a color. Each sentence is a brushstroke. Images, sounds, tastes, smells, textures, and emotions are woven throughout the canvas of each page soaking up the story and capturing the reader’s heart with it.
A lovely tale of love, betrayal, and the prophecies of the stars, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN stands striking amongst its literary compatriots. Sink into its pages and allow each tendril of ink and imagery to ensnare your heart as you discover a realm of infinite possibility and trial.
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Author: Roshani Chokshi
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: The Star-Touched Queen, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
I borrowed this book through my local library and reviewed it.
Okay, so I'll be honest: I've been looking forward to this book since I knew of its existence, way back in April of last year. Because of all the books I've had to read, I haven't gotten to it until now, and frankly, I'm really kicking myself over it. I mean, it's literally almost everything I wanted in a novel, especially a debut, and I'm so happy with it! I can't wait for the sequel! There were a few little things that made it not completely perfect, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. What a great book!
Maya is cursed, born under a set of stars that foretell death and destruction, literally. Because of that, everyone in the kingdom that her father rules fears her. Whispers about her. Avoids her entirely. Consumed by loneliness because of something she cannot even control, she longs for something more to her life: friends, a family that truly loves her. But all of that changes when the political tides churn with war, and Maya soon finds her life changed forever. Forced to go on an epic quest to save everything she's come to know, she discovers that the answers she craves lies in the place she least expects: inside herself...
Like I said, this book was just wonderful. I mean, what first sold me was the main character, and how diverse she is. (The world needs diverse books, and I'm so happy that we're making more headway now! Fingers crossed for more next year!) But more than that, the story was just so good! Excellent worldbuilding, breakneck pacing, magic, mayhem, gods and goddesses! I loved The Star-Touched Queen so much, and I can't wait for the sequel later this year! But there were a few little things that bothered me; I wish more about Amar had been explained, and Gupta as well. It also bugged me a little, how Maya and Amar's relationship was basically instant. But regardless, this book is definitely a favorite! The bottom line: A brand-new, magical adventure through dangerous, seductive worlds of Indian mythology, The Star-Touched Queen was a fun debut--I can't wait for the sequel! Next on deck: Avenged by E.E. Cooper!