When I read The Star-Touched Queen last year, I loved it. I basically said that the writing was so gorgeous, it didn’t matter I was a bit confused some of the time. I was so busy drooling about the writing I gave the book a whopping 5 stars. This time I was prepared for the lyrical language, and I promised myself I’d be a bit more critical in my review.
A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on March 28, 2017
Source: St. Martin's Press
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Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A Crown of Wishes will be released March 28, 2017. It takes place in the same world as The Star-Touched Queen, but it follows different characters and a different storyline altogether.
mystical mythology, a tournament with few rules, and a story of love
What I liked:
- The writing CELLO. Chokshi writes as vividly and whimsically as the world she is depicting. While reading this novel I often wondered WTF goes on inside her brain. I mean REALLY. Some of the things she describes just left me like :O.
- The love story! YAY Vikram and Gauri! They were perfect and I loved them and I wanted to gobble them up and everything about them was 5 stars.
- The whimsical AF world that Chokshi creates. I’ll be honest, reading it sort of feels like I’m on some LSD trip (not like I’ve ever done LSD guys, but I mean, one could imagine…?) in the middle of India, but that’s cool, right? I mean, I was confused about some of the sequence of events and sometimes I didn’t know how one thing related to the other, but her writing puts you in this stuporous haze and you just decide to go with the flow.
What I didn’t like:
- The writing. YES I KNOW I JUST SAID I LIKED IT. But there’s also a big part of me that found it over-stimulating and oftentimes confusing. Maybe this was intentional to fit with the bizarre world? I don’t know. But I was often left wondering WTH was going on. Some of my favorite parts of the story were the ones that weren’t laced so strongly with her lyrical language.
If my review left you feeling confused, then I suppose it accurately reflected my feelings about this book. I think I simultaneously loved it and was frustrated by it?
If you like Indian mythology, Indian anything, whimsical (to almost bizarre) worlds, and/or flowery language, you’ll love this book.
Did you read The Star-Touched Queen? Are you planning on reading this one? Don’t forget it comes out at the end of the month! Click the links above to pre-order it!