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The Star-touched Queen

byRoshani Chokshi

Hardcover | September 15, 2017

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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.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.
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Title:The Star-touched QueenFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.58 × 6.44 × 1.27 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Star-Touched Queen My actual rating for this novel is 3.75 out of 5 stars. First let's start with the cover... It's stunning. It fully captures the beauty, mystery and haunting themes of this novel. I will say the writing is very lyrical, and beautiful..and just has this way of seeming so simple yet elegant at the same time. The first part of the novel had me hooked, the mythology was such bad-ass...and I loved that it was essentially based on a bad horoscope (I'm sure we've all had a bad one before). Part 2 of the story is kind of where the author lost me a bit, just because it was just so much happening for such a smaller section of the novel. Amar..oh man, he was a stud and a half. I loved how he swooped in and how they became entangled with each-other once they met at her suitor picking ceremony, the scene with the white flowered wreath was probably one of my favourites. Maya is such a wonderful character because she is flawed and damaged, and yet she starts to believe in herself...and it shows how much that matters. I really enjoyed this book and am excited to pick up another novel by Roshani Choksi !
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Enjoyed the book, was a page turner. Would recommend
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved this book As an individual of Indian descent and background I absolutely adored this book. I loved seeing Roshani's take on Indian tales. The book was written very poetically too, something which I came to enjoy over time.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this book and the concept I loved the book and the concept behind it. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars is that it was slightly predictable and I felt the story line was a little rushed. This book would have been much better as a duology.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Maybe a little harsh but I did not enjoy this book... It is hard for me to pin point what it was that I didn’t like about this book. As I started reading I felt like I had read this book before a hundred times the beautiful ‘no one understands me’ main character. She is really smart and reads a lot and has one friend. Again I’m feeling its been done but the author and publishers are saying, “ But this is different and oh so original because it’s an exotic setting with unfamiliar terms”. Nope I’m not fooled. I feel like this is every mediocre YA book ever. Enter mysterious (handsome) stranger who is her every dream come true. Then stuff pulls them apart and they get back together. The end. I did skim a lot of the action scenes with her dead horse companion so maybe I’m not being fair. One of my favorite authors, Sarah J Maas said she was “spell-bound” from the beginning. I was rolling my eyes from about page 5. I almost pulled a DNF but I powered through. Kinda wish I didn’t. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Maya has a dark horoscope that has defined her as cursed. Everyone around her hates and fears her. Her own father, the Raja wants her dead. She's very intelligent and strong but no one except her sister Gauri can see that. One day, her father arranges her marriage in order to gain a political ally. Amar, the king of the Otherworld saves her and marries her. He gives her a life of freedom and treats her as an equal; his kingdom is her kingdom. When she makes a mistake she needs to look into herself and summon her own magic to set everything in the right place. This book is based on Hindu mythology. At times I found the story difficult to follow; however, I think that anyone familiar with Hindu myths would grasp a better understanding of the events that occur. The story is beautifully written. I would gladly read anything written by Roshani. Her style of writing keeps you captivated the whole way through. I'm excited to read the companion novel that follows Gauri's story. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Imperfect but interesting I like the world and the first half better than the second half. Got some Jane Eyre vibes tbh
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty words but lacking in depth 3.5 stars for the strong beginning and pretty descriptions in world-building. I was pretty hooked at the start of the book and thought Maya was a strong and likeable heroine. Early on in the book, she gets whisked away to the Otherworld by Amar on the day of her arrange marriage and then things sort of went downhill for me. The antagonist wasn't complex enough for my liking and I found the plot to be weak after the climax of the book which was disappointing. The horoscopes lost their role as well which I wish was elaborated more since there was huge emphasis on Maya's horoscope at the start. Overall, it was a decent read but maybe I should stop diving into a book with high expectations. :P
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful Wildly imaginative and a very compelling story. I only wish there had been more pages!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was really interesting. The cover is beautiful.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! A book about a young girl who doesn’t realize the power she has to change worlds. I absolutely adored this book. Maya, the main character, is impossible not to love. When we are introduced to her, she is a storyteller who keeps her younger sister enthralled with her tales. But she is also restless, wanting nothing more than to leave her father’s harem and start a life of her own. She knows that she is better prepared to rule a country than her older half-brother, whose self interest is behind all his motivation. Alas, being a girl relegates her to a future as a wife. And probably only one wife in a series of wives for the husband she chooses (oh, yes, she gets to choose because there a number of men who want to win her hand in marriage. Not because she is so beautiful they can’t live without her but because they want an alliance with her father, the Raja). When she hears that a marriage is being arranged for her (by eavesdropping on her father’s private meetings when she was supposed to be working with her tutor), she thinks about rebelling … but what can she do? Her options are limited as a girl. Then her father comes to her with a solution. She can sacrifice her own life for her kingdom. He provides her with the poison to do so and instructs her to drink it when all her suitors have come but before she makes her final decision. Once Maya meets her potential husbands, she realizes that drinking the poison is probably her best option. She makes the decision to do as her father has asked of her and sacrifice her life for her country but just as she is about to follow through, fate steps in. Suddenly a suitor appears named Amar and she finds herself agreeing to be his wife and marrying on the spot. That’s when the real adventure begins. He takes her to his strange kingdom, Akaran, where he tells her she is now queen. But there are too many questions that are not answered and Amar is bound to not tell her anything until after the first new moon. Maya, impatient with waiting for the truth, takes matters into her own hands and in doing so unintentionally casts herself out of Akaran. As she struggles to find a way back to Amar, who has forgotten her, and defeat the evil of her former friend, who longs to take her place in Akaran, Maya learns that she has far more power than she thought. She has the power to save her sister, her former kingdom, Amar and Akaran. More importantly, she has the power to save herself.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dark Faery Tale... I loved the magical prose in this book. The author mixes elements of folklore and the tropes of faery tales to create a beautiful, dark and shining world. If you enjoy faery stories, with a Gaiman-esque twist, this book might be for you. If you are looking for a deeper dark fantasy world building experience, perhaps not.
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome! It did have a few problems...but it was still great!
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm Not Even Sure What I Just Read This book easily falls into mystifying and romanticizing the East (read Edward Said Orientalism), ultimately reinforcing archaic stereotypes. As an Indian person this book was some b.s. The Indian mythology while an attempt to dazzle the reader, doesn't make for much of a plot which was odd given the source material; and while the characters were well written they were still predicable and flat.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful story retelling!! I love the indian folklore and mythological aspects.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Story re-telling! I've never read anything like The star touched queen before. It was fascinating and I enjoyed it very very much. Before this I didn't know anything about Indian Folklore. The way the author incorporates the folklore into a retelling of persephone and hades is fantastic and unique. The only thing I would have changed is the name of the Male MC. Amar? Seriously...it's so common!
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful writing that couldn't make up for the lack of a story What I Loved I hate it when books with great concept end up being disappointing. Thought the writing was gorgeous, the actual plot and characterization was poorly executed. Pretty writing isn't enough to make up for a bad story sadly or else this would have gotten a higher rating. Honestly I gave this book an extra star just for the writing alone which was probably bad of me. Oh well! I did appreciate all the diversity in this book as well but once again, it couldn't make up for the bad plot. Side note: there was a super cool talking horse that I loved! Probably because it was the only interesting character but it really was a hilarious talking horse. What I Didn't Like The concept of this novel was a great idea! I loved that I could read an interpretation on the Hades/Persephone story and I was excited to start this one! Sadly it quickly fell flat when the plot went nowhere and the characters were all flat and boring. Let's start with the plot shall we? There was no flow to the story. At one point all the pretty writing because too much because I actually had no clue what was happening. It was too pretty and magical and nothing made sense anymore. Random things would happen without any explanation and it just left me lost and confused. I was especially disappointed near the end when I thought that just maybe something would be explained to us and then it wasn't. It was the worst kind of disappointment, I also felt like we didn't learn anything about our main character. She was just kind of there with no personality. We don't know what she likes or doesn't like or how she feels about anything because nothing about her character is revealed. Actually nothing about any of the characters are revealed and interesting characters are my number one thing to make me fall in love with a story. Just disappointing all around. Who I'd Recommend To This was easily my biggest disappointment of the year. There's a small possibility that I will finish the series because I hate leaving them unfinished but I don't think I'd actually recommend this book to anyone. It's pretty on the outside but ugly on the inside.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay It is definitely interesting for sure.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Can't Love It I was very excited to read this book. Between the combination of its gorgeous cover, raving reviews and the promise of a plot steeped in Indian folklore and mythology, it hardly seemed like I couldn’t like it. The Star-Touched Queen, like many others, has a promising premise, plenty of intrigue and a rich background. The writing style is eloquent and beautiful. And yet still, the story itself felt like a rushed patchwork when I came to the end, leaving me feeling somewhat let-down by the conclusion. This book just wasn’t for me. Perhaps I’ve just become disenchanted with the retelling genre, but I feel that it’s more than that. This book simply lacked depth. While the prose was beautifully written, the story just didn’t inspire any emotion. The characters were initially well drawn, but the lack of development left them feeling flat and uninspiring. I really wanted to love this book, but there was just so little going on that I couldn’t find anything to truly love.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very lush fantasy The jacket summary of this book is what hooked me. I found myself captivated by the cruel horoscope of our Heroine. Her loss at such a young age and the torment she endured, come together to create a strong and willful character. There were times I found myself needing to reread passages to gain a better understanding of what was going on. The fantasy of the new world our Heroine is taken to, is magical. If you have any interest in otherworldly folklore and the romance of love battling evil, you will not be disappointed by this lovely story.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was okay. "I know your soul. Everything else is an ornament." First off, the description talking about romance passion and deadly horoscopes intrigued me to pick up this book. Upon reading, the idea of the other realms, the Netherworld, the Otherworld, was highly intriguing to me. It altered and enlightened my perspective about certain things. Death, morals; like when Amar tested Maya with the sword and the bird. Imaginative. Dreamy atmosphere and prose. On the other hand, it is sometimes confusing and sometimes I'm left wondering in the sense of "where is this story going? If anywhere?" And a lot of the time it was like not much seemed to be happening. I was uncertain of Amar shortly after he appeared. And then there was the revelation which is where things started to pick up in the book. And just the concept of the memories and the past lives and soulmates in this book, it's so vast and one of the topics I quite enjoy thinking about. Although I admit, I didn't love this book but I did love the story and the literally beyond this world" love and connection between Amar and Maya. As well as the depth of betrayal, deception, and overall depth in the story that comes to fruition later on and towards the end.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical and Captivating! From the writing to the characters and the story, everything about this book was beautiful!
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Reading this book is like reading poetry. The writing style flows, descriptive and illuminating, with excellently chosen words. The research was very well done, for the world felt real and alive. The magic and mythology was fascinating. I loved Maya, she was such a good main character. Her journey to find her strength really touched me. I just loved everything about this book, reading it was such a delight. I'm looking forward to the sequel!
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall, a great read! Hey, everyone! It's been a while, but I've got another review for you! This time, it's on The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. It's about a princess named Maya whose cursed with a horoscope that pairs her with death and destruction, so naturally, her kingdom fears her. After a political arrangement gone wrong, Maya ends up married to a stranger named Amar, who is king to this magical, in-between place called Akaran. Once there, Maya discovers secrets, new and old, and must unravel the truth about herself before it's too late. I've been meaning to read this book for a long time, so it's nice to finally get to it. Especially when all these books on my TBR are competing for my attention, saying "Read me! Read me!" ;) While there were moments where I lost interest, overall, this book was a great read! Even though this book was enjoyable-to the point where I stayed up till 1 a.m. to finish it-I can't discard the fact that the story didn't interest me right away. There were times where I would skim the pages and had to go back again in order to understand what just happened. Maybe because I felt as though nothing really happened in the beginning, but once Amar pops onto the scene, things start to get really interesting. Like right before part two of the book, there was a really tense scene that basically played with my heartstrings and becoming really riled up after that scene! Afterwards, I saw more urgency within the book, which was really nice. The characters themselves were interesting to behold. I kind of wish we had more of a chance to see some of them fleshed out, but at least A Crown of Wishes is coming out next year, which is about the protagonist's sister (who is really fascinating, btw). But the main characters-Maya, Amar, and Nritti- are really great to read about, even though it's all in Maya's POV. The complexity of these characters has you rooting for them, while at the same time acknowledging that they have flaws, too. For example, while I like Maya for being smart and resourceful, at times, she could be quite annoying. It's just that she doubts herself way too much. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it was nice seeing every character at fault, and that it was too complex to just put blame on a certain person. By the end of it all, you have empathy for a lot of people within The Star-Touched Queen. Overall, I liked reading this book and encourage anyone who has this on their TBR pile to read it as well. It may be a little tedious in the beginning, but the ending is where it's at! That's all I have to say about The Star-Touched Queen; thanks for reading!
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting read Disclaimer: I received this novel in exchange for an honest review and this in no way affects my opinion of the book. I was beyond excited to find out I was able to participate in this blog tour hosted by St. Martin's Press and to have the honor to read and review The Star-Touched Queen. I had heard so much love and excitement for this novel from fellow bloggers and I could not wait to get my hands on it. This novel has such an interesting idea behind it that I couldn't wait to dive right. Maya is an interesting character who had a tough childhood as she is cursed--cursed with a horoscope that tells of a marriage paired with death and destruction. Even though Maya was paired with such a devastating horoscope, she grew up to be a strong, independent woman. Set to grow up and never marry, Maya is shocked when she learns her father plans to arrange a marriage of political convenience to quell rebellions. What happens at the ceremony changes the direction Maya's life is headed. I quite enjoyed the characters in this story with Amar and Kamala being my favourites. Amar was very swoon-worthy and I really enjoyed his quick wit and how he actually treated Maya as his equal. Kamala was a hilarious character and even though she wasn't someone you'd normally want to keep around, I loved her. I enjoyed the strength of both Amar and Maya and I loved how feisty Maya was. I found this novel to be paced a little quickly and I found the ending felt a little rushed. I even had to reread a bit of the ending to realize that it had fully ended and wouldn't have a sequel. Despite this, I did enjoy the novel and will most likely pick up the companion novel that Chokshi is currently working on. Make sure to check this one out for yourself and enjoy the world Chokshi creates.
Date published: 2016-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Magical World This was a beautiful and magical world. With lots and lots of imagery and lyrical fluid writing. For example: As dawn crept slowly along the floor, my eyes flew open. The memory of my nightmares blunted for attention—dreams of trees incinerating, of silent chasms deep in palaces, of threads being ripped savagely from their place. I kind of fell for it. I know lots of others will not. So it's either a love or hate and I'm sure some will be in the middle. Because not only are you more or less confused at the beginning, you don't even have any theories as to what is going on or what will go on. And I enjoyed it anyway. It had the story of Hades and Persphone combined with a magical reincarnated world where the palace speaks to our main character Maya. “The moment he touched me, my universe constricted to the space between our lips.” The scene with the tapestry was beautifully done and I could understand how each thread and each part would change a person's life. That each person has their own destiny. It was one of the more creative aspects of how someone could deal with time because it was also vividly detailed. I was also creeped out by how intangible objects (like the castle) seemed alive.. There were clues along the beginning where instant love (or more like lust) was revealed. But only if you read until the end, you will know there's a bigger reason for this. I thought it was done so well. If you're looking for a swoon-worthy romance filled with Greek mythology combined with a diverse Indian cast of characters, run and grab a copy. You won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2016-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing YA Fantasy I received The Star-Touched Queen as an ARC and I have got to say, it is fantastic. It is inspired by Indian folklore and Greek mythology, which I thought was incredibly interesting and refreshing in a YA novel. Roshani Chokshi has written a beautiful story that captures you right from the start. I literally could not stop turning the page. The main character, Maya, is a strong female lead that you can’t help but fall in love with. She is cursed with a horoscope that promises death and destruction with her marriage. The people in her father’s kingdom fear her, which causes Maya to feel inadequate and like an outcast. However, when a handsome young stranger promises her something more, Maya accepts and thus beginning her beautifully crafted journey. A journey that takes her through betrayals, lies and deceptions, until finally she learns about who she truly is. Chokshi takes you through the story with elegant language that captures your heart and soul. At points it made me feel as if I were reading a piece of poetry. The romance is exciting, her friendship with a certain sassy horse adds more fun, her love for a certain sister is beautiful, and the story as a whole is just magical. Definitely pick this book up next time you’re in the store, or better yet, go to the store to pick this book up. You will not be disappointed. It had me at the edge of my seat. I finished the book in two hours straight. I couldn’t move until I finished. It was that good.
Date published: 2016-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rich and Lush - Perfect YA Fantasy! 4.5* Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review This is magnificent and beautiful. Chokshi's writing is beautiful and flows nicely so that you get lost in her world while feeling like you being woven into the story. This is a story of learning who you are and of a love that transcends time. I highly recommend it. I loved Maya. She was knowledgeable and fiesty and didn't want to sit around and wait for her life to happen. But she also acted too quickly without learning all the information. And that made her perfectly imperfect. It was a bit frustrating as the reader because she would overhear some of the story and make decisions based on that but it fit with her character. I liked that she realized she screwed up and tried to make amends for it. I also really liked Amar. I liked his strength and determination to have Maya be his equal. I also really liked that he wasn't just saying she was his equal, but took steps to prove it was true. I would have liked to know more about him and his past but I am very satisfied with his story arc. I think some of the secondary characters were well developed, her Father and Gauri especially. I felt like I knew them and could understand their wants and emotions. I liked seeing their lives through the eyes of Maya because while we got her perspective on things, it also shed some light as to how others saw her. I also really liked that the other characters had their own paths, or threads if you will, and that they just happened to cross with Maya's. And while Maya was something that brought them together, they were still able to continue on with their lives after she was gone. I like when secondary characters have their own agency. I would have liked a bit more from the beginning. I thought the initial move to the Night Bazaar into Nakara was a little difficult to follow. Not overly difficult but enough that it gave me pause while I was reading. It was a little rushed and I would have liked just a bit more time spent on the wedding portion so I could understand a bit more. But once we got into the swing of things, this was easily one of the best YA Fantasy books I've read. This is rich, lush, and filled with the intricacies of learning who you are while learning to love. If you haven't already, pre-order this one immediately. It is going to knock your socks off.
Date published: 2016-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Love Story The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is a beautiful fantasy novel that kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page. The protagonist Maya, born with an auspicious horoscope, enters into a mysterious marriage, which leads her to realms beyond the mundane. Her new husband only gives her limited insight into his kingdom and thus leaves Maya to work through her own understanding of her new home. I loved the characters of the novel. Maya was an excellent protagonist whose strength I greatly admired. I loved her flawed, impulsive nature, which made her so relatable. Her husband, Amar, was also a wonderful character. His relationship with Maya was fascinating and as more of his personality and past is revealed throughout the work, the more I saw what a fully developed character Chokshi had created. The whole of book one slowly builds to a heartbreaking climax, which changes the direction of the novel for book two, in which Maya plays a much more active role. I really liked the reveal, but found the pace of book one almost too slow compared to book two, which I found overly rushed. Great characters, plot and setting all lend itself to this excellent read. The Star- Touched Queen is a novel I highly recommend to all fantasy readers.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hades and Persephone love story retelling This novel can be described as a tale of Greek mythology that takes place in an Indian setting. It is an adaptation of Persephone and Hades that has been given new life. Ghokshi teaches important lessons to young women through her main character, Maya. In a world that oppresses women, Maya radiates feminism and strength. She wants to be more than just one of many wives, used and overlooked. She yearns for freedom, education and purpose. Her husband also looks for an equal, rather than a vessel to bear his children. Enlightening!
Date published: 2016-04-13

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Star-Touched Queen: New York Times Bestseller #9 on the Summer 2016 Kids' Indie Next ListA 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