Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
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.
This is a stunning captivation of an Indian folklore. Indian as in South Asia India. Throw in a bit of Greek mythology and you have an absolutely stunning novel. This book beautiful imagery with captivating storytelling that will keep you hooked to the book. I will admit that I first it took me about 60 pages to completely grab me but that I think was due to outside distraction not because of the book itself.
This is a story about a princess desirous to be something more than just another girl child in the harem of where she lives. Shunned and disliked for her horoscope, Princess Maya takes pleasure in disobeying her Raja father with her lessons, listening in or political discussions dealing with the kingdom and finding small ways of mischief. When her father announces that she is to pick her husband in a matter of days and marry him that day in order to save the kingdom she reluctantly agree only to find a way to escape before that event ever takes place. When the option never presents itself she is then given her only option out. To drink poison and die or die by the hand of her chosen husband. Then on the moment she is to take her poison another suitor presents himself as a way to free and save her. Promising all the glories that were never within reach for Maya.
I really liked Maya, she is strong, faulty, fierce, compassionate and you were able to connect with her as a character.
Overall and without giving too much away so you can enjoy this amazing story this became a must own for me. I enjoyed everything about it. There is stunning world building, beautiful good romance, fabulous one liners (which I never find in fiction usually), adventure, mystery and everything that would make this worth reading and owning.
Sexual Content: mild