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An instant New York Times Bestseller!
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.
Mayavati, favored daughter of the raja, lacks a shadow, but is well supplied in knowledge and bad fortune. When her father calls in men from surrounding kingdoms in an attempt to find her a husband, Maya is disappointed, wanting more out of life than to sit bored in a harem. But on her wedding day, magic and adventure find her as her kingdom of Bharata falls to war. She is rescued by Amar, the raja of an Otherworld kingdom called Akaran a mysterious, cloaked man who seeks a queen to help protect his kingdom. Still, though Amar offers Maya power and mystical secrets, he may also be drawing her into the darkness of his world, where she will never truly be free. Chokshi's first novel is filled to the brim with gorgeous, scintillating writing that easily draws readers into its new take on traditional tales. A unique fantasy that is epic myth and beautiful fairy tale combined.--Comfort, Stacey Copyright 2016 Booklist
Publisher's Weekly Review
A princess's destiny may lie among the stars in Chokshi's exquisite debut novel. Princess Mayavati of Bharata is only one among her father's many children, and her horoscope says that death is her constant shadow. Her kingdom is on the brink of war, and when her father announces that she soon must choose her husband, it comes with a horrible catch. When a mysterious stranger, Amar, breaks into Maya's room and offers her the keys to his kingdom, she only hesitates for a moment before being whisked away to Akaran, a haunted place where mirrors offer glimpses of strange lands, and an enchanted tapestry holds the fate of millions in its threads. Chokshi's prose is captivating, and the pages come alive through lush descriptions of Night Bazaar teeming with Otherworldly delights, gardens made of glass, and realms where the lines between life and death are blurred. 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. Ages 13-up. Agent: Thao Le, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Library Journal Review
Lush and lyrical, Chokshi's debut melds Hindu folklore and mythology and weaves a story set in ancient India that captures the essence of fantasy. Maya is the daughter of a raja, born under a horoscope that promised only death and destruction. Her father arranges a political marriage intended to end in her suicide, the best thing she could do for the realm. A last-minute reprieve is put forth by an enigmatic man named Amar, who offers to marry her and take her to his kingdom. The Kingdom of Akaran is devoid of people except for the constant whispers that compel Maya to doubt every-thing she sees and feels, forcing her into a decision that may have fatal consequences for the whole world unless she locates the key to unlock her true past. Priya Ayyar's lilting cadence enhances the well-described imagery and the large and fantastical cast of characters. Her Maya is appropriately young, but as she rediscovers her true self, she grows audibly stronger. Amar is the handsome prince of every girl's fantasy until Maya breaks him. -VERDICT This fantasy is accessible to all ages, high school and up. Its themes of sacrifice, forgiveness, and repentance are familiar yet made new through Chokshi's stellar storytelling.-Jodi L. Israel, Miami, FL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-Born with a horoscope that predicts a marriage of death and destruction, Maya is an outcast in her father's kingdom, Bharata. When her father's political machinations go horribly wrong, Maya finds herself married to Amar and queen of Akaran-a mysterious place filled with secrets and magic. Amar offers Maya the chance to rule at his side and become more than Bharata ever would have allowed. All he asks in return is her patience and trust, which soon prove more than she can give. Her search for answers will lead her across worlds and through her own fragmented memories to discover surprising truths about her husband's kingdom and herself. Maya is refreshingly unapologetic about her ambitions and her desire for independence. Although her distrust and doubts lead to the main conflict of the story, she is quick to own those mistakes and works to correct them even when it might be to her detriment. Chokshi's debut fantasy is filled with vivid and unexpected imagery as Maya discovers the wonders and dangers found in her new home in the Otherworld. Well-researched figures from Hindu folklore and mythology, astonishing creatures, and expressive characters further complement the story. A setting drawn from ancient India, romance with feminist sensibilities, and a unique magic system reminiscent of Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Little, Brown, 2011) make this a novel sure to appeal to fans of Renée Ahdieh's The Wrath and the Dawn (Putnam, 2015). VERDICT A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.-Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.