Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
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.
Praise for The Star-Touched Queen
“Magic is woven into every word of the STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Vibrantly imaginative and gracefully written, I was spellbound from the first line. A dazzling, sensuous feast of world-building, romance, and mythology.” – Sarah J. Maas, NYT Bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series.
“THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN enthralls with mystery and romance. Chokshi’s storytelling glimmers like magic on every page–a novel meant to be savored.” —Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine and Silver Phoenix
“THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN is a luscious, bloodthirsty fairy tale with all the romance, magic, and gorgeous mythology I could ask for, plus the greatest flesh-eating, talking demon horse I never knew I wanted.”–Tessa Gratton, author of Blood Magic and The United States of Asgard series
“Gorgeously poetic writing gives vibrant, sensuous life to the worlds of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Chokshi never shies away from forcing her characters to make hard choices, and I was captivated by Princess Mayavati’s cleverness and determination as she struggles against fate and betrayal.” –Kate Elliott, World Fantasy Award finalist and author of Court of Fives
“A richly detailed world and a story filled with twists and turns, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN had me breathless right up until the final, stunning conclusion. Roshani Chokshi has crafted a bewitching tale with a setting so vivid and unique, I wished I could step right through the pages.” –Amy Ewing, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Jewel.
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The Star-Touched Queen will be available in the following countries:
Australia and New Zealand (Harlequin)