Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?
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.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.
She Is The Queen of Naraka.
This is a tale told with the most beautiful word painting that I had ever seen. A retelling (if you will) of the myth of Persephone and Hades. This tale is stuffed full with metaphors, myth and magic.
I would suggest that you read the preview novella (?) first. I wish I had.
Unfortunately it failed to hold my attention as I am not the type of reader that likes to read three pages of description when a couple of paragraphs will do. Nor do I like not knowing the whole story as I read. I don’t want to wait until the last chapters to find out what the tale was really about and why everything happened.
I found it too easy to lose myself in my thoughts instead of finding myself immersed in the story. I want to forget my dreary life when I read and not have to work so hard.
This was beautiful, but a slightly difficult read if you are merely looking for a few hours of entertainment. This book in part is too special to just spend a few hours with. I will try to read it again, so for that alone I give it 3.75 stars and not less.
Publisher supplied ARC.