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.
One of the things that really popped out to me in The Star-Touched Queen was the world building. This novel writes about a culture that was described beautifully. I loved the diversity. I loved the imagery. The writing was seriously well done.
The characters were wonderful and perfect for this story. I did get annoyed with the main character, Maya for a while because she was so stupid. The decisions she made, and the irrationality could have caused less conflict for her.
Although, I was impressed by the quality of this novel, I was also very very disappointed as well.
The solution to Maya's problem wasn't developed enough and I felt very rushed. It seemed a little too easy getting her HEA. More so, that ending was damn rushed. No closure what-so-ever. NONE. I would have liked something a little more concrete, thank you very much.
All in all, it was beautiful creation of writing but loads of improvement. I hoping I will get to see that in Roshani's sequel, A Crown of Wishes!
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Published by Michelle Hong