star touched queen book coverReviewed by Amanda Farmer

The Star-Touched Queen is the first in the Star-Touched Queen series and it doesn’t disappoint. I knew I wanted to read this story just by looking at the cover–it is beautiful and who doesn’t want to read a book where the main character is cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction? I had to know more. I also loved that it was inspired by Indian folklore.

This book drew me right in from the very beginning. I loved the writing and didn’t want the book to end. I still want more of Maya and Amar (prince of Akaran)–they were perfect for one another and complimented each other so well. I enjoyed reading about Akaran and the Otherworld realms. Akaran is not what it seems. It holds many secrets of its own and Maya must unravel them before it’s too late. Maya must learn to trust, which does not come easily to her since she’s had to live in a harem that hated and feared her. Author Roshani Chokshi did an excellent job with her descriptions and I felt like I was right there with each character, feeling everything they were feeling and doing.

Maya was an excellent choice for Amar and as you read, you will see why. Maya was strong, compassionate, protective, loving, fair, fierce, and so much more. Amar was just as passionate for Maya and fierce and protective when the need arose. I loved seeing all the secondary characters in the story as well (Gauri, Kamala). I am excited to read Gauri’s story (Maya’s sister) that will be released on March 28, 2017 and is titled A Crown of Wishes.

The Star-Touched Queen is beautifully written and involves magic, destinies, mystery, reincarnation, and mythology all in one book. I can’t go into much more detail without giving important plot points away. This is Chokshi’s debut novel and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. I do feel that not everyone who reads this book will love it as I did, but do highly recommend it to anyone interested in mythology.

Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.