***This review was written by the admins of The Lit Coven. It is based on the overall views of those who participated in The Lit Coven discussion of The Star Touched Queen.***
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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.
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Coven Rating: 5/5
The Star-Touched Queen had some of the most decadent descriptions we’ve ever had the pleasure of laying eyes on. Every page burst with color and texture, and this is where Roshani Chokshi truly shines. Her lush prose brought the world to life.
As a Coven, our favorite part of STQ was the blend of Indian mythology (for many of us, it was a first) mixed with the more familiar Hades and Persephone myth. A fun new way to experience an old favorite! From talking horses to memory trees, we want MORE.
On the other hand, some of our witches had a harder time connecting to the characters on a deep and emotional level.
Maya, the main character, had an interesting start. A young girl with a dark horoscope, she was shunned by everyone, stealing moments to spy on the court and learn it’s ways. Her curiosity and no f*cks for what others thought of her served her well from beginning to end.
Once Maya makes her way to Akaran, she’s asked to trust, to be patient with being kept in the dark about certain things, to not look behind all the locked doors.
Not many of our strong, independent ladies would be down with sitting by while the men have all the answers, dark curse or no. That, along with the mysterious and passionate love Amar shows for her, were nice but…not our favorite. We wanted more! More build up, more change, more explanation.
And in the end, that was the consensus. The Star-Touched Queen was beautiful and whimsical, but we didn’t connect as much as we hoped we would.
Many of us did go on to read book 2 and enjoyed it even more than the first. We recommend it!