The Star-touched Queen

The Star-touched Queen

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Treated with scorn and fear in her father's kingdom because of a formidable horoscope, 16-year-old Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation that is threatened by dark secrets and Otherworldly magic.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
ISBN: 9781250100207
Characteristics: ix, 342 pages ;,25 cm


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Jul 11, 2018

I don't know much about Hindu mythology, but that didn't stop me from being totally immersed in this book! I finished it in just a few days! Roshani Chokshi's writing style feels both simple and sophisticated; she definitely has a gift for spinning pretty sentences and making it seem effortless. She used just the right amount of romance, adventure, and suspense in this novel to balance out all of the Indian mythology. There was a bit of a plot-twist in this book that kept me on my toes. After you finish this book, I recommend checking out the novella Chokshi wrote for these characters: 'Death & Night'

Dec 27, 2017

This was a very intense and griping book. The plot was interesting and the ending was just awesome. However, the flow of the book is not very clear and some parts are confusing (the confusion is mostly cleared by the end).

Sep 02, 2017

i love this book so lovely and bittersweet it would pull you in and leave you wondering what would happen and make you want to read it again and again i wish i owned this book myself, i wish to read it whenever i with to escape reality it will suck you out of reality and into a fantasy no one has ever known of! if this book has never been read by you and you like drama romance action novels i suggest this to you!!!

AshleyF2008 Aug 04, 2017

I really wanted to love this book and, for the first hundred pages, I was successful. Maya was wonderful as a character. Her circumstances were different from any book I'd read before and I felt like the writing, in the beginning, made me very interested in her world, drama and all. It didn't hurt that there were several surprises I didn't see coming. The whole thing looked to be very promising.

However, the more magical Maya's surroundings became, the less I was able to follow the writing which described it. Actions would be buried in long-winded descriptions of the new world in which Maya found herself. It all left me feeling a bit lost (literally) and, afterwards, disinterested.

Jul 04, 2017

Aweee this book was so good. From the beginning to the end I was in love. The main character is Princess Mayavati (or Maya), who is said to be cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction. Maya is all alone in the castle, she spies on her father and reads. Until her independence is destroyed when her father arranges a party to pick a husband for Maya. But the party does not go as planned… "A soldier's hand grasped for me, but Amar pulled me away. Arrows zoomed past, but each time one came near, he would whirl me out of the way. He moved fluidly, dodging javelins, always a few steps behind me, a living shield." Against all odds, Maya finds love with her new husband, Amar. And let me just say that her husband is so so sweet. "What do you want from me? He stopped, the smile was gone from his lips. "I want your perspective and honesty," he said, before adding in a softer voice, "I want to be humbled by you. My kingdom needs a queen. It needs someone with fury in her heart and shadows in her smile. It needs someone restless and clever. It needs you.” COME ON THAT IS SO CUTE!! 5 stars for sure. Thank you Roshani Chokshi for blessing this dream book.
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I didn't really know how much I would enjoy this book when I first picked it up. Filled with exquisite details on Indian mythology, it resembles almost a mix of Beauty and the Beast and the story of Persephone and Hades. Maya, the protagonist, is uniquely her own character. She is strong in ways that are not "brash and violent," but is written about in an assertive manner. Doubt and emotions play big parts as secrets and conspiracies are unveiled, each corner at a time. It isn't every day one stumbles upon a good story with actual backgrounds set in mythology. Full star rating!
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 23, 2017

Was an alright story not the greatest but interesting.

ArapahoeTiegan Mar 02, 2017

I was actually pretty disappointed in this book. I had heard good things and was really excited to read a fantasy with Indian influences, but this story really fell flat for me. The characters were not very well developed - I really didn't find myself caring for a single one of them, because I never felt like I knew any of them. Characters were just thrown at me and rather than giving me anything of substance to allow me to learn about them, I was just expected to take the word of the main character on who a character was, including herself. The story jumped all over the place - I really started to feel like I was getting whiplash and just didn't fully understand what was going on in "Part 2." The addition of the talking horse was just weird and obnoxious - the constant repetition in its dialogue and wanting to "take a bite" out of Maya, while also helping her and acting as her friend even though they don't know each other and really have no ties.. just no. While you get a bit of background to what the heck is going on in the last two chapters and who Nritti, Maya, and Amar really are and how they're all connected, it just was kind of too late. Chokshi is honestly lucky I managed to stick it out that long to get the answer, because the writing just was not great. There was no character development and the story was too disjointed. For a different type of fantasy - a diverse author providing diverse characters in a white-washed literary field and a look into a completely different culture than has been seen in fantasy novels, - this kind of missed the mark for me.

ArapahoeKelsey Feb 15, 2017

I love that this diverse book exists, and the fantasy world is beautiful, but I found the flow to be a little choppy. I had a hard time concentrating on everything that was going on throughout the story. I loved the idea of threads/lives of individuals, and the details were incredibly interesting--I was just hoping for better connectivity.

Jan 10, 2017

A vividly descriptive story that easily transports the reader into the magical narrative. I had a hard time putting it down. Even though end didn't finish as strong as the rest of the book for me, overall it was an excellent read.

Sep 28, 2016

Roshani Chokshi has crafted an enticing magical world that draws on mythology in intriguing ways. But The Star-Touched Queen is marred by the lacklustre romance, and the disjointed nature of the two parts of the narrative. Full review:

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Sep 28, 2016

Maya, a princess of Bharata, has lived her life in the harem of her father’s court. With her mother dead in childbirth, the other wives of the harem should have served as surrogate mothers, but Bharata is ruled by superstition, and Maya is born with a terrible horoscope that foretells death and destruction in her marriage. Shunned as ill-luck, she leads a separate existence, often sneaking into the library, or climbing into the rafters to observe the operations of her father’s throne room. Given her horoscope, she expects never to marry, but the Raja is not a superstitious man, and Maya finds herself sacrificed to a political marriage. Her new husband, Amar, is the Raja of Akaran, an odd little kingdom she has never heard of. Yet it pulls at her memory, as if she had known it in a past life. But Akaran is also full of secrets, and soon Maya begins to suspect those secrets may be dangerous, not just to her, but to all of Bharata.


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Sep 27, 2016

Something tugged at me. The pull was far stronger than fear or attraction—it was ambition. The court of Bharata didn’t expect me to be anything other than a pawn. But Amar was asking for more. He wanted my opinions, my thoughts. He wasn’t offering me a prized seat among his wives. He was asking me to rule.

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