A Crown of Wishes
Star Touched Queen #2
An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…
She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: March 28th 2017
Possible Spoilers For: The Star Touched Queen
Rape, Mentions of Transphobia
“A story had no owner ship. A story could break its bones, grow wings, soar out of reach and dive out of sight in the time it took just to draw breath. It meant we weren’t walking a cut path. We carved it into existence with every step.”
I’m going to say it, I KNEW VIKRAM WOULD BE IMPORTANT, I FELT IT IN MY BONES.
Anyways, this cover is gorgeous. The small details of Gauri riding her horse on the bottom, the colors, it all works together so well.
“Guilt accretes. It builds and builds, whittling stairways and spires in the heart until a person can carry a city of hopelessness inside them.
My guilt was building a universe.”
Now, I wasn’t actually planning on reading this. I have a thing on companion novels… but none of that matters, I’m on Goodreads, seeing all these glowing reviews and next thing I know, it comes in two days later.
Gauri, the princess facing exile, takes Vikram’s proposal to team up together to compete in a magical tournament. The prize up for grabs is one wish. She doesn’t really trust him, but what does she have to lose?
The tournament was less of a tournament and more of a sort of trials which I thought was a bit better to be honest. Both characters learn and grow through these trials and it was so nice to see. However… sometimes I got lost. I don’t know if it was on purpose seeing as magic is everywhere and it can be blinding and disorienting or if I couldn’t follow along… but a lot was going on and staying on track took a bit more brain power from me.
However, I won’t say the initial plot in general isn’t interesting. The writing is gorgeous
but is that really a surprise and the pacing of the story was great. It wasn’t too slow or too fast and when there was a still moment, we had some amazing characters to fill the void.
“Existence is the gift. Life is a choice.”
And right off the bat, Gauri was so cool. Princess of war, she knows how to handle a sword, had a clear head in bad situations, and yet stays likable. She made some mistakes in the past that she wants to atone for and after her sister Maya’s disappearance, is wary of magic.
Vikram, on the other hand, is her complete opposite. Cunning, mysterious, can’t weild a sword to save his life and known as the Fox prince, he was a breath of fresh air. I loved that Gauri did all the ass kicking and he was totally cool with it.
“Call me Gauri.”
I glared. “Enjoy it, because that’s as intimate as this will ever get, Fox Prince.”
Their banter was just swooooony… I ship them hard. When they pass through to the magical realm, it was all so clear in my mind, no matter how much was happening or being introduced. Roshani Chokshi just has this way of writing where it’s so easy to be in the world. It’s so lush, vivid and you know how I love my purple prose. She does it so well.
There’s this character, Aasha, who I need a book about. I was banking on Roshani writing a book about her because she was so interesting. The character arc that goes down for this character was just… I JUST LOVE THIS CHARACTER SO MUCH. She’s so strong in her own way and just want’s to break free from her family and explore the world and I LOVE HER.
There was a cameo of Maya, Amar and Kamala in this book and I had to set the book down because I missed them so much. The reunion, though short lived made me happy. And the end? Swooooon. So YES, I cannot recommend this book enough. I need more, anything more, from this author.