The Star-Touched Queen written by Roshani Chokshi
Published by: St. Martin’s Griffin on April 26, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Netgalley
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sprinklings of Indian and Greek Mythology, Romance
Plot: Maya fate has been determined by the stars, a prediction that ties her to death and destruction. Through a series of events she finds herself on a path like no other.
Review: My first impression of this book is that there is a lot of world building and plot to take in, but not enough explanation. The premise is interesting. Maya is the daughter of a Raja (king) and her country is on the brink of war. The solution? Maya must take her own life. However, she is quickly swept up by a mysterious ruler who promises her a seat beside him upon his throne. Maya is plunged into a world based upon Indian folklore and myth, which is awesome. I am all about the introduction of different cultures and lore in young adult fiction. However, I felt like I readers might not grasp the setting or characters. Chokshi doesn’t give a lot of detail about the mythological creatures that inhabit the Otherworld, and readers who are not familiar with Indian mythology aren’t given enough detail to draw a clear description from the text.
Without giving away any spoilers, I can tell you that the plot has a ton of potential. Traveling through various realms is always a good time. Maya’s relationship with Amar is intriguing enough to grab the attention of readers, but personally I felt like Chokshi could have spent a bit more time fleshing out their time spent together prior to the “big reveal”. I felt like the buildup didn’t lead to a shock-and-awe moment for me. I think I just wanted more time to immerse myself into the realm and connect with the characters.
Ultimately, the ideas presented in the book were extremely interesting and speak for Chokshi’s ability as a writer. I feel that some minor tweaks are all this one needs to bring it to a five star rating.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: Anyone who enjoys retellings, fantasy, myths, and romance will like this one.
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*