Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin
Release date: April 26, 2016
Format: Hardcover
Source: Aila @ One Way or An Author
Pages: 342
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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.


4 stars

I went into The Star-Touched Queen knowing nothing except that all of my friends have loved it. And they were right – I loved it too. This was a really unique, fantastical and magical story with a captivating setting and beautiful writing. It combines elements of Indian mythology with a rich and magical world, creating an intriguing and beautiful story that you will just devour.

I think the standout of this book was the writing. It was so wonderfully descriptive, lyrical and just a feast for the imagination. The imagery that Roshani Chokshi created was out of this world (literally) and I had no difficulty seeing the setting and the world in my mind. She makes use of her beautiful writing to build the world, and I found it to be magnificently done and flew through the book because my eyeballs couldn’t stop devouring the writing. However, there were times when I felt that there was too much description and that the book had too much world building and not enough plot to keep me satisfied. I found myself reading pages of beautiful writing and description, with nothing much going on in the plot. The book never felt like it dragged but I was very aware that there wasn’t very much going on in the story. I do have to say, however, that what we got of the plot was really exciting and intense. There were a lot of things that I didn’t see coming and had me completely shocked.

I also really enjoyed the characters in this book. Maya was a wonderful main character. I loved her backstory and how she tries so hard to be seen as her own person, rather than as part of a larger crowd of women who are only there to look pretty and bear children. She wants to be seen as an equal and becoming Amar’s wife allows her to do that. I loved her strength and determination, though some of her choices seemed very impulsive and frustrated me to no end. But I really admired the way that she went about fixing her mistakes and thought she was a really caring and kind character. I also really liked Amar and wish there had been a little more of him in the book. He seemed like a really complex character but ultimately, his character fell a little bit flat to me because it wasn’t developed as much as I would have liked. Still, if you enjoy a dark and mysterious love interest, you will probably end up falling in love with Amar.

“I want your perspective and honesty,” he said, before adding in a softer voice, “I want to be humbled by you.”

I thought the romance between them was really great as well. It was super swoon-worthy and there are endless quotes that will melt your heart. The romance contains a trope that I actually really, really love so Maya and Amar are definitely a couple that I can ship from the bottom of my heart.

Overall, I thought this was a good start to the series. There were some things that I thought lacked a bit of development but hopefully those things will be ironed out in subsequent books.

15 thoughts on “Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

  1. aentee @ read at midnight says:

    I am glad you enjoyed this! The strongest aspect of this book was definitely the writing, I felt I could not connect to the character as much – and now that I looked back, the book was a bit forgettable? Although I was legit obsessed when I first read it – with all my graphics etc.

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Hehe now that I’ve read the book, I can properly check out your graphics for it. I’m not ready to part with my Six of Crows wallpaper though! Yeah the first half of the book was pretty forgettable for me. It was really the romance that carried it but when the twist happened and stuff actually happening, it got much better. The writing is gorgeous though ❤


  2. Zoe says:

    A Persephone and Hades retelling with Indian mythology? THIS SOUNDS AMAZING! And I am so glad to hear that the execution is just as good as the concept. Definitely going to have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Hehe it’s not quite Hades and Persephone since she goes quite willingly with him. But it has the same kind of trope where they’re married before falling in love. Omg I love that trope so much! The Indian mythology was really interesting because I knew nothing about it. It just made the whole story really mythical and magical.


  3. Kim says:

    Oh wow! This seems like such a fantastic book! I have seen a lot of amazing reviews about this one but I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I really need to read this soon!

    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

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  4. Nick says:

    I struggle with lyrical writing a lot, so I had to set this one down once I started and couldn’t get into it. But I might pick it up again sometime in the future. I’m happy that you loved it so much. You make me want to read it just for that romance, Jenna! 🙂
    Lovely review!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I can totally see why you put this one down. While I really enjoyed the writing from the beginning, I realised that nothing much had happened in the first 50 pages. It definitely drags a little at first with all the description. But it gets really good at around the halfway mark and comes home strongly in my opinion. Hope you give this one another go, Nick! The romance is so swoon-worthy that Swoon Reads should have picked it up (but then again, I’ve kinda been turned off Swoon titles)


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