There are no words that can fully describe how much I enjoyed this book. Filled with incredible delights of fantasy worlds, bitter-sweet romance, re-incarnation, human-deity crossover, and lessons of self-discovery, Star-Touched Queen will keep me coming back to revisit just to see what new tokens of wisdom I can glean!
Chokshi has woven a tale that provides luscious detail of worlds afar combined with mythological lessons that speak to the core of humanity. Elements of Indian culture and mythology intertwined with a beautiful love story, it challenges the core of many traditional tales with a strong female character who not only saves herself, but her love and the world as well.
Maya, a human shunned and feared by her father’s harem, but favored daughter in his heart, begins her journey with an attempted martyrdom. Saved by a mysterious prince and escorted to a new land, she explores her new surroundings with cautious optimism and awe of the magical world and growing affection toward her beau.
Amar, mysterious ruler of the realm, treats Maya with reverence, affection, and equality – to a point. The limitations of secrecy placed on him leave room for doubts in Maya’s heart and mind. At times, my heart broke as Maya made long-lasting decisions that have ramifications for the entire world and her true destiny. At one point, my desire to throw the book across the room should indicate my emotional investment in her path of growth and my innate desire for a HEA!
Lucky for me, this is a complete story (no cliff-hangers), and I was able to set it down at the end with a huge sigh of contentment. I am hopeful this will not be the only treasure from Chokshi, as there is plenty room in this world for more stories. Though classified by Amazon as Juvenile Fiction, the language and depth of this tale is universal.
Go lose yourself in this world, and read The Star-Touched Queen HERE. What are you waiting for??? DO IT! You won’t regret it!