This is a story that really hadn’t been on my radar of books to read until Roshani Chokshi agreed to do a live chat in TBR and Beyond in January 2019. Since she’s joining us and we’re reading her prior releases in November and December, I picked up The Star-Touched Queen and I’m absolutely in love with it.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from it because I didn’t read the synopsis and had only heard from a friend who had already read it that it had something to do with a girl and this guy is death. Going into it blindly was great for me. It’s something I like to do a lot when picking up books because I end up not setting up a lot of hype for the story and then becoming disappointed if it didn’t live up to the hype that I gave it.
In high school, I took a mythology class and I did my final project on Hindu mythology and I loved being able to recognize different aspects of the mythology in the book. Mythology has always been something that fascinates me so I’m really intrigued to read more from Roshani Chokshi in the future.
As soon as I started reading, I was instantly hooked on the atmospheric writing of the story. I honestly didn’t want to quit reading the story because the writing is so beautiful.
The main character Maya has a horoscope that says she’ll be married to death. This horoscope leads her to be undesirable to marriage propositions and also causes a lot of people to treat her unfairly and blame her for things. Her father decides to marry her off to gain an ally and has her horoscope changed to entice marriage propositions. War springs to life around Maya and she ends up giving up her last bit of freedom and marries Amar.
“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.”
I’m all here for this romance! The moment that Amar appeared in the story, I knew I was going to be all in for the relationship that was going to happen. Also, I was so glad there wasn’t a love triangle! While I’m always down for a good love triangle, it was so refreshing to read a story that didn’t depend on it.
“No matter where we are, we’ll always share the same sky. We can always find each other in the same constellation.”
The Star-Touched Queen has a huge focus on the romance in the story, but it also does a great job at showcasing the themes of motherhood, sisterhood, and friendship. It shows the weight we give these titles and all the things, good and bad, that we would do for the people who share those relationships with us.
The demon horse was so unexpected, but might have been one of my favorite parts of the entire story. It gave so much humor to the story that I didn’t know I was missing until I had it. Kamala is an amazing character in the story and I live for the sass she brings.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read more from Roshani Chokshi. Her writing was very atmospheric and beautiful in The Star-Touched Queen. It was very different from that of my experience with her middle grade book, Aru Shah and the End of Time.
Have you read The Star-Touched Queen or do you plan to? I would love to hear your thoughts on the story or if you plan to read it.