The Star-Touched Queen | 5 star review
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
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.
The Star-Touched Queen was a great find on Audible, I had heard a lot of great things about the story and it turned out that the narrator was one of the best I have listened to in a long time. It had a way of weaving a story that was completely enthralling, and listening to it on audiobook made it all the more immersive.
I really enjoyed the cultural aspects of the story and how everything ends up. I think this book’s strong point would have to be the mix of myth and magic with the reality of war and politics. The use of reincarnations in the story and as a conflict point was so well done and I thought a completely unique plot point. The tapestry was also really well developed and also one of my favourite parts, I thought the idea of fate and everything is the choice between two strands was really interesting.
I think my favourite setting in The Star-Touched Queen would have to be the Harem, I loved how diverse the characters were and how many different personalities there were at work. I think the big point of superstition was handled really well and helped massively with character growth and development. It was one of the best parts of the book for me.
My favourite character in The Star-Touched Queen would have to be Kamala the talking horse. She really made me laugh and she also had the most honest down to earth view of the world and quest. I loved everything about her and Maya’s relationship, it was great! I just loved how everything ends up working out and how they ended everything together.
My least favourite character in The Star-Touched Queen would have to be Amar, his whole keeping things from Maya was confusing and pretty pointless, to be honest. I thought the whole drama was pretty contrived and I thought that if he had been upfront from the beginning it would have made for a much more believable story.
I would completely recommend this book, the writing is beautiful and the mythology is rich and full of life and colour. Well worth the read!
Have you read any books that are rich with mythology and characters that are well rounded? Let me know! I wanna read them all.