Friday, August 26, 2016

The Cephalopod Coffeehouse - The Star-Touched Queen

Welcome to another edition of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse. The idea is simple: on the last Friday of each month, post about the best book you've finished over the past month while visiting other bloggers doing the same.  In this way, we'll all have the opportunity to share our thoughts and our books with other enthusiastic readers. Please join us:

http://armchairsquid.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-cephalopod-coffeehouse-may-2016.html


Since we last spoke I've read two books:

Did You Ever Have a Family? by Bill Clegg
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.

and started a few more:
The Immortality Game By Ted Cross
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Today I'm going to tell you about The Star-Touched Queen, which I was lucky enough to win at Literary Rambles :)

Cover art

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. Believing she'll be content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience and Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar.

But Akaran has its secrets, as does Amar, and soon Maya is afraid that her life may be in danger. But who can she trust except her husband? 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.

My thoughts: I loved Chokshi's descriptions of the places in her story, from the strange and beautiful night bazaar, to the glass garden, and the great tapestry, to name a few. I also loved how long it took me (and Maya!) to figure out exactly what was going and who to trust. And I especially loved (LOVED) the otherworldly horse, Kamala.

This bit from the back cover describes a portion of her journey to her new kingdom and gives a glimpse of the gorgeous language:

"The night bazaar had ensnared me. I could smell its perfume on my skin--of stories and secrets, flashing teeth and slow smiles. In this land I was no stronger than a calf in a lion's jaws. But I liked it. Even though I couldn't admit it aloud, even though I comforted myself that I had no choice but to go with him, the truth was I wanted this. I yearned to draw breath beneath a split sky leaking with magic. And not just live within one of the other realms' strange kingdoms, but to rule it."

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Indian folklore and mythology.

 






11 comments:

  1. I haven't read any Indian folklore novels, but this one sure sounds intriguing! Thanks for the great review!
    Best,
    V :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. It sounds very interesting and intriguing. One to look out for.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This doesn't sound anything like the type of book I usually read, but the snippet you shared from the back cover is beautifully written. That kind of writing can make any genre of book a pleasure to read.

    ReplyDelete
  4. That book sounds great, must add it to my reading list.

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED the Locke Lamora books. They're amazing.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I really shouldn't have read this. I am wrestling (as usual) with huge unread towers. I need no more temptation. Thank you and drat you.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This book is definitely on my to-read list, and wow, nice excerpt, so lyrical and evocative. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sounds like a good one.

    ReplyDelete
  8. It sounds interesting, but it probably isn't something I'll go out of my way to pick up, not with my reading list being as big as it is. However, if I come across it somewhere...

    ReplyDelete
  9. My daughter is actually quite a fan of Indian mythology. This might be fun for her in a few years.

    ReplyDelete
  10. It's wonderful you won a book that you enjoyed so much. It sounds very otherworldly. Good luck with the other ones. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Teencvio mi blog de poesias por si quieres darle un vistazo
    Gracias.
    http://anna-historias.blogspot.com.es/2016/09/vacaciones.html?m=1

    ReplyDelete

If you're interested in my blog I'm interested in your comments.