Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Format: Hardcover, 369 pages
Published: March 28th 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses
An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…
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? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. 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. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Chokshi's lyrical writing style is flowery and enchanting. The tale of the two Tournament of Wishes contestants, Gauri and Vikram, is epic, powerful, and at times confusing.
The magical world of Alaka is a dangerous place. And the many, many characters Gauri and Vikram encounter along the way to the tournament and throughout the tournament are fantastical and vicious. A favorite is the Serpent King and his wife. Their story is learned in bits and pieces but feels as if it is deep and could hold its own.
The adventure of the tournament stages and the threats from the other contestants is well written. But it was truly the end of the book that bumped my rating up to four stars. Once Gauri and Vikram leave Alaka and are back in their own kingdoms, they have decisions to make. All I can say is what a garden.
Suggested Reading Order:
Book #0.5 Death and Night