Review: A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Year Published: 2017
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis: Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire (Goodreads).
Review: First of all, I want to say that this book could probably be read as a standalone, but I highly encourage everyone to read The Star-Touched Queen first! A Crown of Wishes isn’t a true sequel to The Star-Touched Queen- it is a sister story. The first book follows Maya through her departure from Bharata and her arrival in Akaran and its mysterious nature while this book follows Maya’s sister Gauri and Vikram from the Ujijain Empire. Vikram is mentioned in the first book so I enjoyed learning more about his character. Once again I absolutely was swept away by Chokshi’s beautiful writing, it’s almost as if she’s painting.
The follow Gauri and Vikram through their first meeting and their adventure to get to and win the Tournament of Wishes where we meet a variety of characters and creatures such as yakshas, yakshinis, the Serpent King, vishakanyas. Nothing and no one is as they seem. As the story progresses, we see Gauri and Vikram build off of each other and build each other up. They see the other’s weaknesses and accept them without judgement or reservation.
Things I Liked
- Maya makes an appearance! That’s all I’ll say though – go read it!
- Aasha’s character: We learn that magic isn’t all wonderful. Magic comes at a cost. Not all that have it want it, and not all who want it have it.
- The ending! The ending is SO perfect for the characters.
Things I Disliked
- I was left with quite a few questions about the Otherworld and the Tournament of Wishes however, it’s definitely left me contemplating the world Chokshi has created. I’m unsure if there’s a third book planned or not, but I think there’s a great opportunity for one.
- Bookish map! Someone please let me know if there is a map in this book, I read an ARC (ebook).
“No expectations meant learning without fear of being limited and growing opinions without fear of voicing them.”
“Whatever insults or hurts are thrown at our face, these are our barriers. No matter how we feel broken, it is only the paint that aches. We can always wash it away.”
“The Night Bazaar was the pith of stories murmured in the dark, the seedling of dreams and the haunt of nightmares.”
“And the truth was that he was not afraid of being seen for what he was. He was afraid of being seen as someone who could never be more.”
“The world moves to the tune of logic, even if it wears the face of chaos.”
“Humanity has nothing to do with what runs through your veins or shows up on your skin.”
I can’t wait to pick up the final copy of A Crown of Wishes. Roshani Chokshi is definitely on my auto-buy list now! I can’t wait to see what she writes in the future!
**I was given an advanced copy of the ebook through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. **