There are times when you come across a book that is so beautifully written that when you finish it you’re just like words…need more of the WORDS! The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi is exactly that kind of book. The writing is just absolutely gorgeous and elegant. Chokshi creates a stunning world steeped in magic and folklore. You will not want to put this one down.
“I wanted a love as thick as time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. I wanted the impossible…”
Cursed with a horoscope that promises her marriage will be one of death and destruction, Maya has been shunned by her father’s kingdom. Accepting that love may not be in the cards for her, Maya is content to pursue the scholarly life. However, her world is turned upside down when her father, the Raja, decides to give her hand in marriage for political reasons. On the night she is to select her future husband her father hands her a vial of poison and advises her to drink it. Before she can go through with drinking the poison, a strange prince convinces Maya to join him as his queen.
Maya is a complex character. She’s vulnerable and strong…fierce and gentle. I loved seeing her interact with her little sister. It is very clear that their sisterly bond is powerful and one of the few loving relationships that Maya has in her life. On the other hand, Maya’s prince, Amar is a very stagnant character. I would have like to see his character developed more, he just felt very one dimensional for me. I would have liked to get to know him better, his thoughts, his secrets, what motivates him, etc.
This story has a Hades and Persephone feel to it, so it is sort of a re-telling of sorts. At least it feels that way to me. I did love the romance within this story. I like that it doesn’t have any love triangles or insta-love elements to it. The relationship between Maya and Amar is slow building. Maya does not trust her new husband, he has too many secrets that he withholds from her. Her inability to trust him keeps her from completely handing over her heart to him. Their love story is both heartbreaking and sweet.
All in all, I absolutely loved this book. The writing was wonderful and captivating. Maya is one of my favorite characters I have met so far this year. Although I had some issues with the lack of development for Amar’s character, this book did not disappoint. I found it hard to put down once I started it. Chokshi had my FEELS all over the place with this story and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys fantasy that is steeped in mythology.