The Star-Touched Queen is the YA debut novel of Roshani Chokshi that came out earlier this year. The book delivered a flair of Hindu folklore meshed with the Greek tragedy of Persophone and Hades. It is such a huge success the book hit New York Times Bestseller list.
If you haven’t got the time to pick The Star-Touched Queen, Hollywood News Source listed some of our reasons you should below.
the lovely prose
When I heard the prose of The Star-Touch Queen, I was easily swayed. The protagonist of the story Maya is one of the daughter of the Raja, who is cursed with an ill fitted horoscope. Her marriage is prophesied to bring “death and destruction.” The kingdom doesn’t merely believe in astrology, and the alignment of the stars, they devote themselves to it. I have always been a sucker for ominous horoscope reading, chucked in the promise of power, deceit, and royalty. You have all of my attention.
lyrical writing & world building
“My star-touched queen,” he said softly, as if he was remembering something from long ago. “I would break the world to give you what you want.”
The writing is exquisite. It is not a secret, I love swirling, sentimental storytelling. The Star-Touched Queen delivered that. The narrative is also supplied by an imaginative description of Maya’s rich kingdom.
Because of the fixation of her father’s nation with horoscope, Maya has been the target of cruelty. Until one day, a mysterious man come to her aid, asking her to be his Queen. He promises her the stars from the sky if she wishes it.
“Come with me and you shall be an empress with the moon for your throne and constellations to wear in your hair.”
Hopeless romantic readers would certainly dig this love story that transcends our definition of forever.
I hadn’t known until now, but I saw it, felt it. I came here for her. Because it didn’t matter whether I had lived in another realm for years that I thought were mere days. It didn’t matter that I had tasted fairy fruit, fallen in love and broken a heart. Some bonds were impervious to all manner of experience. And the truth was that, no matter what happened, we were sisters.
The sisterhood is perhaps the best character dynamic of the novel! I love the fierce loyalty and love Maya have for her sister Gauri.
Growing up with a sinister destiny didn’t bode well for Maya’s childhood. She has been the constant subject of cruelty and indifference. But, that doesn’t dissuade her from rising above. She carved her own path in a world that dismisses the power women wield.
About the Author
Sue discovered the magical world filled with words at a young age. They have been her constant companion ever since. In addition to being a full time bookworm, and a dessert enthusiastic, she also runs the first fansite for Vampire Academy’s Lucy Fry called Lucy Fry Source. When she’s not tucked between the pages of her books, you can find her at her personal blog. You can also follow Sue on instagram and goodreads.