The Star-Touched Queen
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.
This ended up being a rather slow read, not because I was bored or because I wasn’t enjoying it, but because there was a lot to take in and I didn’t want to miss any details. I fell in love with the vivid descriptions of the world and all that it encompassed. It was intricate with its world-building, characters, and plot and I found myself completely absorbed. I didn’t want to put it down.
Maya was an interesting character that wasn’t hard to connect with right from the beginning. Her kingdom believed heavily upon horoscopes and hers promised a lot of death and destruction, which made people ignore her, they were scared of her, they looked down on her. It would have been easy and understandable if she’d long ago given in to their hatred and fear and shut herself away, but instead she chose to fight in small ways. Her whole life changed when her father declared that she was to marry a stranger to avoid war with other kingdoms.
Her husband, Amar, was just perfect. Everything I could have wanted for her and for a male lead. Their instant attraction and his immediate devotion to her could have lost itself to insta-love and would have had me cringing if it had gone down the wrong way. Instead, I really liked the way things ended up being explained and it all made a lot of sense.
The character development and the world-building was so great. It wasn’t an information dump and it wasn’t a sudden huge transformation. I will say there was a lot of descriptions and there wasn’t a whole lot of action going on for some lengths of time but I didn’t mind too much. I do wish there had been more female friendship in the book. The only positive female interaction Maya had was with one of her many half-sisters who was a child much younger than her. I can remain hopeful that we might see more female characters that will be good to Maya in the next book.