Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (April 26, 2016)
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.
My thoughts prior to reading:
I saw so much hype about this book in the twitterverse and it had piqued my interest. I didn't think I would be picking it up soon because I have too many books I should already be reading but... when I went to visit a friend and they had a copy of it I picked it up to skim through it and ended up "borrowing" the book in till I was done. Yes... I gave it back... eventually (you don't know how hard that was).
My thoughts after reading:
As soon as you open that first page and read about Maya and how others treat her only because of what the stars predict her future will be like. Everyone avoids her like the plague as if they too could catch her condemning horoscope. The only friend Maya has is her younger sister Gauri. A young girl who loves to hear Maya's stories regardless of what other people think of her. That was ultimately Maya's life in the palace but suddenly everything changes when her father informs her that she is to be married to avoid political turmoil. Maya is stunned but does as she is told willing to fulfill everything her father requests of her to the letter.
Maya is taken to a room full of prospective husbands ultimately she leaves the room with Amar from Akaran as her husband. He promises her so much, that she will be, the only one for him, rule equally, and so much more. Everything he has to offer seems a little too good to be true. Considering how Bharata is so different. Her own father had a harem of women. How was she to believe that she will be the only one for Amar? Maya also realizes that Amar is holding back a lot of information. Maya becomes curious and demands answers via the secrets that the palace holds. What she finds and what she does with it will alter so much.
The way the book tells the story will make it hard for you to put down the book. I found myself absorbed in their world and turmoil. I loved the relationship with Maya and Amar and when I realized how much Amar was holding back I was still cheering for them. I knew this had to resolve itself right? Right?! This book should be added to your to-be-read shelf.