Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review: A Crown of Wishes

Title: A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Series: The Star-Touched Queen
Volume: 2 (companion novel)
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: March 28, 2017

Gauri is princess of Baharta, but, after a failed coup against her brother, she finds herself imprisoned in a neighbouring kingdom, pending execution. When last minute reprieve comes in the form of Vikram, an enemy prince who offers her her freedom in exchange for the use of her combat skills- in a magical tournament hosted by the Lord of Wealth that promises a wish to the victors. 

Out of Ten: 9/10

Review at a Glance: A fantastic return to the dazzling world of The Star-Touched Queen, with an intriguing plot and strongly crafted characters.

Review: I was so enchanted by this book. The world is breathtaking, and Roshani Chokshi's writing was even more dazzling in this that in The Star-Touched Queen. Where the first book faltered a bit for me, this one didn't miss a beat. The characters and plot both pulled the story along.

One of the marvelous things about this book is that Roshani Chokshi manages to craft a beautiful world and make if feel full, while also giving the impression that what the reader is experiencing is only the tip of the iceberg. The world was my favourite part of The Star-Touched Queen, and remained among my favourite things as I read A Crown of Wishes.

The characters were stronger for me in this one than the first book- they were both vivid and compelling, and weren't overshadowed by the stunning backdrop that the world provided. They're interesting in that their goals aren't unrelated and they have a lot of shared character traits, despite being very different people. This story is told from multiple points of view: Gauri's first person POV, and a third person viewpoint. I enjoyed reading both their personal journeys and the development of their relationship.

Overall, this was wonderful read! The world Roshani Chokshi describes is vivid and magical, and I was thrilled to see it again, especially through the eyes of an intriguing cast of characters.


  1. Hello! New visitor here :)

    I'm yet to read The Star Touched Queen but I'm really excited for both the books as I'm from India and the world of these books is inspired by the country <3 I can't wait to delve into the story..I keep hearing how enchanting the author's writing style is! Glad you liked it too :)


    1. Hi, thanks for visiting!

      I'm glad to hear you're looking forward to reading it- it's great that you're going to be able to read something inspired by India! The writing really carried the story for me, especially in The Star-Touched Queen, where the plot took a little longer to grab me... the way the Night Bazaar is described is just so stunning and lovely. I hope you get a chance to read them soon soon!

  2. I've heard so many things about this series/ companion books! I really am desperate to get my hands on them soon

    1. They really are great- for me, A Crown of Wishes was the stronger of the two, but they're both definitely worth a read, especially for the beautiful setting and writing. I hope you're able to read them soon!