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The star-touched queen /

by Chokshi, Roshani [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.Edition: First edition.Description: ix, 342 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781250085474; 1250085470.Subject(s): Teenage girls -- Juvenile fiction | Arranged marriage -- Juvenile fiction | Fate and fatalism -- Juvenile fiction | Magic -- Juvenile fiction | Reincarnation -- Juvenile fiction | Prophecies -- Juvenile fiction | Fantasy fictionSummary: Treated with scorn and fear in her father's kingdom because of a formidable horoscope, 16-year-old Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation that is threatened by dark secrets and Otherworldly magic.
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<p> A lush and vivid story steeped in Indian folklore and mythology, Roshani Chokshi's The Star-touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget. An instant New York Times bestseller! </p> <p>Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only seventeen?</p> <p>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. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire...</p> <p>But Akaran has its own secrets -- thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? 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.</p>

Treated with scorn and fear in her father's kingdom because of a formidable horoscope, 16-year-old Maya commits herself to her education only to land in an arranged marriage that culminates in her sudden elevation to the throne, a situation that is threatened by dark secrets and Otherworldly magic.

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Library Journal Review

Lush and lyrical, Chokshi's debut melds Hindu folklore and mythology and weaves a story set in ancient India that captures the essence of fantasy. Maya is the daughter of a raja, born under a horoscope that promised only death and destruction. Her father arranges a political marriage intended to end in her suicide, the best thing she could do for the realm. A last-minute reprieve is put forth by an enigmatic man named Amar, who offers to marry her and take her to his kingdom. The Kingdom of Akaran is devoid of people except for the constant whispers that compel Maya to doubt every-thing she sees and feels, forcing her into a decision that may have fatal consequences for the whole world unless she locates the key to unlock her true past. Priya Ayyar's lilting cadence enhances the well-described imagery and the large and fantastical cast of characters. Her Maya is appropriately young, but as she rediscovers her true self, she grows audibly stronger. Amar is the handsome prince of every girl's fantasy until Maya breaks him. -VERDICT This fantasy is accessible to all ages, high school and up. Its themes of sacrifice, forgiveness, and repentance are familiar yet made new through Chokshi's stellar storytelling.-Jodi L. Israel, Miami, FL © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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