The Star-Touched Queen (Hardcover)
A mythic reimagining written in breathtaking prose, The Star-Touched Queen is an absolute must read that crosses worlds and boundaries.
At seventeen, Maya has spent most of her life living under the cloud of a horoscope, dark with death and destruction and yet, her father is still determined that she marry. What begins as a simple courting ritual ends in blood. Maya is whisked away with Amar, the king of Akaran. In the land of her new husband, Maya discovers truths about both herself and the world that she never imagined. Mixing Indian mythology with aspects of the tale of Persephone and Hades, the novel questions what defines strength and what it means to be saved. My favorite book of 2016 so far. A great read for fans of the Lunar Chronicles or Marion Zimmer Bradley.
An Instant New York Times Bestseller
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.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.
About the Author
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.
"The Star Touched Queen enthralls with mystery and romance. Chokshi's storytelling glimmers like magic on every pagea novel meant to be savored." Cindy Pon, bestselling author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix