I would like to give a huge thanks to St. Martin's Press & Macmillan Audio for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book in the least.A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched Queen, #2) by Roshani Chokshi
on January 1st 1970
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Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Hello my fellow lovelies!
I am super excited to gush about this book with you today! I was lucky enough to nab a spot on this tour AND receive and audiobook version to review. I have a tasty little morsel of a clip for you in a bit. First things first, let’s me tell you bout this book!
So I literally just finished this audiobook and my feeling are about this right now…
It is a ridiculous things when I actually love the sophomore book MORE than the first. Don’t get me wrong. I liked TSTQ (The Star-Touched Queen) but this, THIS is where it’s at. There was so much magic, so much lore, and so many amazing creatures that I have never even begun to dream of. I am not to familiar with the folklore around these or they might be completely fictional but it was done so amazingly well. I feel like my soul needs to travel to the otherworld. Who knows maybe one day it will. The point of my babbling is that I was blown away by the amount of imagery and imagination poured into this book. I am strictly speaking for myself here but, the cat and mouse relationship of Gauri and Vikram was like a total afterthought. Give me monsters and magic for the win!!!
I was mesmerized by this world Roshani had created. Let me tell you it is EXACTLY what I wanted from her also. I felt like her first book, TSTQ was okay but there was just so much room to run with the whole magical aspect and she took it to the next level in this book. There is a journey, a magical contest, and all sorts of danger lurking around every corner.
This may sounds a bit silly but I did not even read the synopsis for this book. We all have those that no matter what it is about we will read it. This was one of mine. I am glad my lovely friend Becky pointed me in the direction of a summed up version of the companion book, TSTQ. It really helped me get back into the vibe of this world well two worlds I should say. Let’s talk a bit a bout the narration now. Audiobooks are my life so I am very critical when it comes to narrators. We all know the wrong reader can destroy a story. I think that Priya Ayyar does a smashing job of narrating actually both books in this series. She has a wonderful reading voice. She also has the ability to sounds very androgynous keeping the characters interesting. Obviously there was some middle eastern accent involved and they can be quite tricky. She nailed them of course and used them in all the write places. I love the fierceness she brought to Gauri and the aloof attitude that she inflected into Vikram. Priya was definitely a huge factor in how much I enjoyed this title. Want to hear for yourself?? Well thanks to the amazing peeps at Macmillan Audio you can! Enjoy!
This story will wow fantasy lovers across the board!
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