Review: The Star Touched Queen

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.

THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology.

I saw a lot of mixed reviews for this, it seemed you either love it or you hate it. I was not a fan. I finished the book, but was not really eager to do so. What ultimately makes or breaks this book for people is the prose.

The writing is oftentimes beautiful and lyrical, but for me, it was mostly overdone and confusing. The elaborate metaphors and flowery language took away more than it provided in my opinion. I felt like the language disrupted the flow. I would be in a groove, then hit a paragraph of elaborate prose, and have no idea what just happened, where I was, or what the character was doing. I also thought the pacing was a major issue. What takes up the first quarter of the book doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the latter half, and we don’t get to the conflict till about three quarters of the way through.

I feel like this was supposed to be a story of a personal journey to find oneself. However, the character makes all the same mistakes as she did in her first life, and what little character growth there is doesn’t show itself till the very end. The romance was also very lacking. I get that there is supposed to be a connection between these two from their previous life together, but their relationship isn’t explained at all, past or present, besides in a love-at-first-sight way.

Overall, I was not amazed by this story at all.

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