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The Star-Touched Queen - Roshani Chokshi

Paperback Published: 21st November 2016
ISBN: 9781489219558
Number Of Pages: 352

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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.

About the Author

Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she developed a Southern accent but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled in journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots, and majored in fourteenth-century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working, traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she's learning a new kind of storytelling.

Ending A Bit Rushed


This review was first published on Kurt's Frontier. Synopsis: Maya's horoscope promises a marriage of death and destruction. This earns her scorn and fear in her father's kingdom. With marriage seeming an unlikely prospect, Maya opts for more scholarly pursuits. Then, her father offers her hand for a wedding of political convenience to quell a rebellion. However, she is the bait in a trap. To spring it, she must kill herself. However, a man steals into her bedchamber to claim her. Amar makes her the queen of Akaran. Saved from the political necessity of suicide, she finds her voice and power. But, Akaran has its own secrets. There are many locked doors, and her life is soon in danger. She begins to wonder if her husband can be trusted. The human and otherworld are in peril. She must sort through ancient mysteries and past reincarnation to save those she loves. Review: The Star-Touched Queen is a fantasy based on ancient Indian mythology. It has a slow start but becomes interesting as Maya begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding her. Amar could be called the king of the dead. I would say his realm is the crossroads between life, death, and reincarnation. Maya is being tutored in the use of her powers. Unfortunately, circumstances compel Amar to keep secrets from her. This, in turn, causes her to doubt him. This is especially true when voices through the halls of Akaran tell her not to trust him. Who can she believe? The book involves a political intrigue and betrayal. Maya must recover from an error in judgment and misplaced trust. The element of reincarnation adds a bit of confusion, similar to various time travel novels. This sets up the ending to an extent, making it seem a little less deus ex machina. The resolution seems a bit rushed, but it is still an engaging novel.

Manchester, NH


The Star-Touched Queen

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ISBN: 9781489219558
ISBN-10: 1489219552
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 21st November 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.45

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