Title: A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Published: By St. Martin’s Griffin on March 28th, 2017
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
(adapted from Goodreads)
She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
There are three main reasons I loved this book: one is named Vikram, the second Gauri and the third is the banter between the two characters. I enjoyed both their perspectives equally. The typical gender roles don’t come into play here and that was refreshing to read. Coming to the writing style, I think I either got used to Roshani’s style after The Star-Touched Queen or the writing in this book was easier to read. The reasons I didn’t give it a complete 5 are: the character of Aasha felt a little too perfect to me, I’m still unsure how the Tournament works and I didn’t quite understand the motivation of the other characters such as Kubera, Kauveri, the Serpent King or the Nameless. Last but not the least, the Indian setting was still expertly done. Despite its flaws, it has made it into my favourites list and Roshani will forever have my gratitude for writing a book that has so thoroughly pleased my Indian soul.
I would recommend the book to all looking for an Indian-inspired tale. You can’t go wrong with a few gulab jamuns as you read this book, especially because of the descriptions of gardens that bear them as fruit. Due to the expertly written lilting prose of the book, I didn’t pair it with music, but you can always listen to some instrumental Carnatic music.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Is it on your TBR? Do you have other Indian-inspired recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments section below.