“…Although I had never envisioned marriage, I had thought of love. Not the furtive love I heard muffled in the corners or rooms of some of the harem wives. What I wanted was a connection, a shared heartbeat that kept rhythm across oceans and worlds…”
I first heard about The Star-touched Queen when I attended an event in Asheville (this is the same event where I also met Renee Ahdieh, the author of The Wrath & the Dawn and The Rose & the Dagger). I was incredibly excited to start on it when Beth Revis (the moderator at this event) mentioned a man-eating horse as a character in this novel. That definitely intrigued me.
The Star-touched Queen is my first Persephone-Hades retelling and I absolutely love it to pieces. Roshani Chokshi wrote this novel beautifully. I love the descriptive sentences. I had to stop myself from highlighting every single page. I also appreciate the strong basis of Indian mythology because it is just so cool. It’s so lovely to read novels that aren’t set in Victorian London and it’s so refreshing to read a book with characters who are not of European descent.
Our heroine, Maya, is born under a cursed horoscope and is blamed for all the ill-happenings in her father’s court and she is shunned by her father’s harem. The only saving graces in her life are her little sister, Gauri, and the ceiling space she hides in of the library to listen in on her father and his court.
During this court session, Maya’s father has revealed his intentions of marrying her off to an enemy of their empire in hopes of quelling the war. However, things do not go as planned and she flees with this mysteriously attractive raja from a land she has never heard of and runs away with him.
When I started reading this novel I forgot it was a Persephone-Hades retelling and was surprised to find out who Amar truly was. I was too enthralled with the Indian mythology, that I ignored all obvious signs as to who he was. Maybe I was infatuated with his way of speaking?
“I love you,” he murmured into my hair. “You are my night and stars, the fate I would fix myself to in any life.”
Just so darn romantic! *swoons*
Now, Maya was so infuriating since Amar was so in love with her but she kept listening to the rotten muck that is Nritti. I was so angry! But obviously she redeemed herself in the latter half of the novel. Also if Maya didn’t do what she did, we would have never gotten the pleasure to meet Kamala, the man-eating horse demon. She certainly has a quirky sense of humor.
As I have discussed with my friend Alex, it must be that I’m so used to reading series that I’m left with wanting more of this tale. I want to know more about Maya’s sister Gauri and even how Kamala came to be. This was such a lovely book that I would be rereading my favorite passages over and over again~
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