[Review] The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

08:00 Cilla P 8 Comments

The Star-Touched Queen is a beautifully-written Hades and Persephone-style story about Maya, a princess born under a horoscope of death and destruction, who is set on a path to discover her strength and who she really is. Chokshi writes gorgeous prose, and the worlds Maya live in are enchanting. At times, however, the plot gets a little lost amidst the pretty. 

Given my lack of familiarity with either the Hades and Persephone or the Indian mythology, I was reading this story with entirely fresh eyes. I read so much fantasy that sometimes elements of the world feel worn, so it was a lot of fun to have this setting where most of the elements - the magical creatures and themes - are unfamiliar. My favourite was the flesh-eating horse demon, Kamala, and the elephant who spun clouds. And of course, The Night Bazaar.

I didn't know what to think at first about Amar. He seems like an absolute dream - a guy who promises to share his kingdom with you in a relationship that is completely equal. At the same time, he is unable to tell Maya pretty much anything about himself, or why he seems to have loved her even before they met. To be honest, by the end I wasn't fully swept up by the romance, but for me the story is less about their love anyway and more about Maya's journey to finding her place and self.

Chokshi's writing is stunning. Just look at this:

What I wanted was a connection, a shared heartbeat that kept rhythm across oceans and worlds. Not some alliance cobbled out of war. I didn’t want the prince from the folktales or some milk-skinned, honey-eyed youth who said his greetings and proclaimed his love in the same breath. I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. 
She has a way with similes and metaphors, and her style really suits the genre. At times, however, I got sidetracked by the poetry of her writing that I lost the thread of the story. A couple of times, I had to backtrack to make sure I hadn't just missed an explanation about something. All in all, though, The Star-Touched Queen was an enjoyable debut that would suit fans of fantasy and retellings of mythology. I look forward to reading more from Roshani Chokshi!

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Title: The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) ❙ Author: Roshani Chokshi ❙ Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin ❙ Source: Borrowed ❙ Release Date: 26 April 2016

"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."


  1. I got this one for Christmas and I'm really excited to read it! I love books with a somewhat poetic style, so I'm thinking this one will be perfect for me.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Ooh I look forward to hearing your thoughts about it!

  2. I'm really excited to read this book! I've heard so many good things about it, and I just got an ebook copy a few weeks ago, so hopefully I'll get to it soon!

    1. Yayy! I hope you'll have a chance to read it soon if you haven't already. Can't wait to hear what you think about it!

  3. I'm so excited about reading this book! I'm an Indian and I can't wait to see how the colourful culture has been shown in the story! I'm so glad you liked it <3 Great review! Also, recently discovered your blog and I LOVE the picture of you standing with funko Harry! SO ADORABLE :)


    1. I hope you'll enjoy it! I'll be interested to see what you think, since you're familiar with the culture portrayed in it! Haha thanks so much - I love that funko :D

  4. I am so glad you enjoyed this so much! :) I completely agree - the writing and worldbuilding was fantastic. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3


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