Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
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…
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.
I really couldn’t have created a summary for you guys. I really wouldn’t even know where to begin. By the star rating you should have already guessed how much I loved this book 😛
I was literally hooked on the first page. It was not only the plot that interested me but it was Chokshi’s beautiful writing that entranced me. If you have read this book then you know what I am talking about. I mean I read a lot of books that are written so well but this one really stands out. Phrasing, descriptions, dialogue. It is the whole package, like WOW! I was just so amazed. I really don’t think I have read another book written as beautifully as this one. I am going to stop repeating myself now.
The first thing I noticed about this book was the change in cultures. I am really interested in this Eastern kind of culture. I really think the feminist in me just goes crazy when I read about these things. But, it is not just their laws and regulations that attracted my attention. Chokshi introduced horoscopes and so many myths. I love reading my own horoscopes and I am just fascinated by myths and legends so this book really opened up the different possibilities for me. She also incorporated a different language into the book which I also think gave it more of a flare.
Moving onto characters 🙂 I just found Maya so relatable in so many ways, except being doomed and all. The fact that she felt really lost in herself, she didn’t know who she was meant to be or which paths to follow. She constantly doubted herself and her decisions. I think adding these issues really made Maya a universal character for people who are young and just have no clue where life will lead them yet. I definitely related to her in this sense.
Let’s talk about Amar shall we? I LOVE HIM! From the moment when he saved Maya to the moment he lost his memories and Nritti deemed him evil. He was still my bae! I never once doubted his role within this book or his love for Maya. I just couldn’t hate on him I really feel like Amar is the epitome of the newer worlds and modernisation. Instead of taking multiple wives he only wanted one and one that he loved. Within this culture, I feel like he was a metaphor of change that is constantly happening in any culture.
Nritti. I just can’t even talk about her right now so I’m not even going to say anything.
Kamala though! I really appreciated her character. Her wit and sarcasm just brightened up those intense moments. I liked seeing her character develop too. Pushing through her desire to end her starvation she became an important piece of the story.
I just want to add that I loved the relationship between Maya and Gauri. From having sisters of my own, this relationship reached out to me and solidified the bond I have with my sisters. Being the eldest I am watching them grow. So when Maya returned to Bharati and discovers Gauri all grown and fierce, I understood what if felt like to see that. I still can’t get my head around my own sisters growing up.
The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars was because there was times within the book when I actually got confused. Although I loved the myths and legends, there was times when they were overlapping and I was getting confused.
I know this review is quite long, sorry about that but I just had so much to say! I truly loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in fate, love, horoscopes. You get an insight into a different culture and ways of living.
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