Title: The Star-Touched Queen
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: April 2016
Two Sentence Synopsis: Mayavati has been cursed by her horoscope her entire life. But someone sees past those omens and gives her the chance to be saved.
Review: I waffled quite a bit on what to rate this book and how much I actually enjoyed it. I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy classic story retellings, in this case it was the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades. Roshani Chokshi takes the original setting and places her characters in a pre-Islamic Middle East-like setting (I think, but please correct me if I’m wrong). The concept is great, but I think the actual execution is where I had issues, especially with the overly flowery, metaphorical writing. Sometimes language laden with metaphors helps enhance the writing, but in this case it was too much for my personal taste. Hence the low rating.
Other than the issue with flowery language, I found the main character fairly interesting and the idea that she was shunned by others for having been born with a “cursed” horoscope. If you’re the type who doesn’t mind or even enjoys highly metaphorical and flowery writing, I would definitely recommend this book.