Series: The Star-Touched Queen #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on April 26th, 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mythology, Romance, Young Adult
Source: borrowed from the library
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
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.
This was a beautiful and magical world. With lots and lots of imagery and lyrical fluid writing. For example:
I kind of fell for it. I know lots of others will not. So it’s either a love or hate and I’m sure some will be in the middle. Because not only are you more or less confused at the beginning, you don’t even have any theories as to what is going on or what will go on. And I enjoyed it anyway. It had the story of Hades and Persphone combined with a magical reincarnated world where the palace speaks to our main character Maya.
The scene with the tapestry was beautifully done and I could understand how each thread and each part would change a person’s life. That each person has their own destiny. It was one of the more creative aspects of how someone could deal with time because it was also vividly detailed. I was also creeped out by how intangible objects (like the castle) seemed alive..
There were clues along the beginning where instant love (or more like lust) was revealed. But only if you read until the end, you will know there’s a bigger reason for this. I thought it was done so well.
If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy romance filled with Greek mythology combined with a diverse Indian cast of characters, run and grab a copy. You won’t be disappointed.