The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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I read The Star-Touched Queen to complete the May prompt for The Uncorked Librarian Challenge. I might have cheated a little because the prompt was to read a book set in India. The Star-Touched Queen is a fantasy novel based on Indian folklore, so in my mind that works. I didn’t completely love this one, so let’s talk about it.

Maya’s ominous horoscope has only ever caused her problems. It promised a marriage of death and destruction, which earned her scorn in her father’s kingdom. Her world is torn apart when her father arranged a political marriage offer to local kingdoms.. Soon Maya becomes queen of Akaran, but her husband has secrets. Maya must unravel the mystery to help balance the fate of the human and Otherworld.

My Thoughts on A Star-Touched Queen

My main issue with A Star-Touched Queen is character development. None of the characters, including our two main characters, were developed. Amar’s only job was to spout off cliché love quotes. To be the King of the Underworld he was incredibly boring. Maya was a bit more developed, but her character still felt a little flat. The most developed character in the story is Kamala the horse. I loved her.

My other issues was the predictability of the plot. I pretty much knew from the beginning what was going to happen. Nothing made me question the plot at all. Plus, toward the end there were too many things trying to happen at one time.

Now let’s talk about the things that I loved. I loved the setting. It was spooky and mysterious and I’m here for that. I wish we could have spent more time in the Underworld. If you overlook the character development and the plot, this could be a great Halloween read.

I didn’t hate the time I spend reading The Star-Touched Queen. It was a quick read, and there were some enjoyable parts. But I don’t think it will be a memorable read.

My Rating: 3/5


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