“It’s bad to be a dragon.”
“Says who? Nothing wrong with a little bit of viciousness. Would you rather be a dove or a dragon?”
Nothing bad about being a dove either but I see her point. I’d rather be a dragon in a fairytale too than a delicate dove.
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.
Published: April 26, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mythology, Romance
Series: 1st book, Star-Touched Queen
A Short Review:
I started this book merely out of curiosity. The mythology involved and the promising world the synopsis offered was enough to make me pick this up. This was also my first book by the author.
This book is gorgeously written to say the least. The colorful and magical world was clearly given much loving attention especially in the world-building department, and the mythology aspect of the Indian culture I believe was woven skillfully in the tale. But there were too many unfamiliar terms that I would sometimes skip over them or would forget about them after. It’s also a story revolving around fate, death, and reincarnation which made this all the more intriguing. I was fully immersed once the story got going even after the slow start, though sometimes I would feel rather confused and lost amidst all the sparkly things.
The main characters Maya and Amar are brilliantly complex characters who are both wrapped in mystery and darkness. They were so right for each other and the chemistry was obvious. But of course, it didn’t stop me from getting frustrated at them at times especially with Maya.
“I know your soul. Everything else is an ornament.”
The story mostly focused about their love story and about fate, but there were also other things — like the bond of sisters, family, and friendship. There are so many lovely quotes in this book and the abundance of riddles too! It’s quite fitting because the way the author writes is poetic and dreamlike like you might find yourself in a fairytale with witches and curses and talking animals.
“The dark is more than just the absence of light. Think of it as a space for your thoughts.”
“No one really dies. Death is just another state of life.”
Overall this was a magical book filled with dreams, of beginnings, and most especially of love. The writing was beautiful much like the world itself, not to mention the hoard of quotes I gathered from this. It is one star shy from a five star, but definitely a good read!