Title: The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1) by Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance Mythology
Format: Hardcover, 342 pages
This book ended up being so much more than I was anticipating coming into this book, especially after I tried reading it before. This was such a beautiful story that I fell in love with from the very beginning. The writing was wonderful it made the world so vibrant and beautiful and left me wanting to dive more into this world, definitely planning on reading the sequel sometime soon.
All characters were wonderful, I loved Maya who really develops over the course of the story, and you really see her come to learn how to trust herself. As Maya comes to understand who she is more, I noticed that she was referred to by that name even less. She did sometimes annoy me with some of the decisions she makes, I found that sometimes that she was conflicting with her willingness to trust others because of her instincts but in a similar situation with other characters who she had more of a reason to trust, she would completely disregard it instead of trusting herself.
Amar was another amazing character, you can tell that he really cares for Maya and you can see that his love for her is genuine. However, I think he could have been an even better character if he was more present in the story and if he was a more prominent character in the story, I think he would have been an even better character is he had been more developed, to me this was a missed opportunity.
The world of Akaran was such a wonderous and magical place that I wish that it had been more world building and had been explored more, I do hope that at some point Roshani Chokshi will write another story (or novella) that explores this world a little more. I know she’s coming out with a bind up with a bunch of short stories set in this world so I hope that Akaran will be more explored more in one of these.
The ending of this book wasn’t anything special to me, I wish that there had been a little more than one or two pages after the defeat of the evil character that gave us some kind of idea what life would be like for Maya and Amar after the story ended. I can see where Roshani hinted at the sequel (not a direct sequel) and it made me even more glad to read it sometime soon, and to see somewhat of the experience was like for Guari from her perspective, I want to know how she remembers her sister.