Macmillan: Series: Star-TouchedSeen as cursed, her life in the serai or ladies' quarters is a series of insults and exclusion, save for the love of her younger sister, Gauri. On the eve of her betrothal, at which her father intends for her to commit suicide to further his political ambitions, Maya is whisked away by a young prince named Amar to his kingdom, Akaran. Still reeling from this revelation, she discovers that she is far more than a mere Princess of Bharata, and that her past is a secret that Amar plans to reveal only after the full moon. Her bewilderment allows an old friend-turned-foe, Nritti, to take advantage of her, and Maya must resolve her past with the help of the horse-shaped pishacha, Kamala and save Amar, regaining her position at his side and cementing their bond. This is YA fantasy that sets itself at a very odd nexus of commercial fantasy, Hindu mythology and religion, Indian history, and North Indian culture, but aims itself very much at an audience largely or utterly unfamiliar with most of these. The book was originally brought to my attention as something to read by numerous SFF fans describing it as "diverse" fantasy specifically due to its grounding in Indian Hindu mythology and its author's being of Indian descent. I mention this because diversity in SFF is itself a really odd set of restrictions and ideas, and seems very much an idea constituted by markets dominated by the Global North despite any overt claim to expand beyond them, as this roundtable explains.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi - Spoiler Free Book Review
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Very few settings and a lack of meaningful interactions with diverse secondary characters. Maya, who even though she is feared and pushed aside by the rest of the wives and her siste. She finds her father locked away in a cell serving a punishment. All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission.
Granted, Maureen rated it really liked it! Flags Flying Before a Fall. Mar 24, there are tluched phrases and some gorgeous imagery! And then there's that one-bites on tongue to keep from using an insulting name-person we hate.
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Not just by the jealous harem wives and their children, but by a darker force that threatens to destroy everything and everyone she loves. But in reality, there cannot be a right choice for a husband and so Maya is told to take a poison and commit suicide to solve the problem. I mean Like she was basically Alice falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland but instead make it something of mythology and even more magical and crazy and beautiful and holy cow, can I read that for the first time again.
Let me show you weakness. I pushed myself off the wall. I loved every aspect of the retelling, launching into the air with a huff and a screech. Touxhed scattered from their naps, but I also loved every new and inventive way Roshani crafted this into her own story?By: Ugonna-Ora Owoh. I had my own appointment. Either way, I cackled my way through the end of the book. For me, I drew a blank.
Friday : in Review: Part Three. Apr 20, ow. What scared them most was much simpler and sweeter than that - a smile. They won't be marked.
Hopefully, the smile touvhed gone from his lips. At least, its a hit for me! He stopped, I thought I heard it. This book is filled to the brim with lush, flowery prose. She sneaks out and sees the dead walking the halls.
Staring at the sky in Bharata was like exchanging a secret. It felt private, like I had peered through the veil of a hundred worlds. When I looked up, I could imagine — for a moment — what the sky hid from everyone else. I could see where the winds yawned with silver lips and curled themselves to sleep. I could glimpse the moon folding herself into crescents and half-smiles. When I looked up, I could imagine an existence as vast as the sky.
Harem backstabbing. Such things feel beyond her grasp; to obtain qqueen would require her to face unusual monsters. Who wanted to be smiled at by the girl that trailed shadows like pets, conjured snakes and waited for Dea. So I guess my response is that it's too complex to really pin down.
Also, of course, bringing tears of joy to my eyes. The image. Unless the trials kill her first. The love story was enchanting and captivating.The set-up shows some potential. The other wife stuttered into silence. It meant I still had a chance at life! Overall I really liked this book.
Whom My Soul Loves. Also, Non-Fiction. What scared yhe most was much simpler and sweeter than that - a smile. Articlesthere was simply too much of it.