Title: A Crown Of Wishes
Series: The Star-Touched Series
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA, fantasy
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…
She is the princess of Bharata – captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan – until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Phew! I read the first book in this duopoly in 2017, but I finally managed to read this one when I found it on the online library, and wow, this world is just so intense.
It was a little bit jarring at first to switch between first person chapters for Gauri and third person for Vikram, but it gave a sense of their characters in a way. Gauri, for all her control and anger and distance, was very much ruled by emotions. Vikram was a much more logic and faith based character. And yet somehow, they made for such interesting parallels and foils for one another.
I connected more with Vikram, interestingly enough, Gauri a bit more confrontational than I was expecting, but the further into the story we got, the more we saw of their inner thoughts and motivations, the more I flew through the pages, hoping that the characters got their wishes and happy endings.
The way the mythology is woven throughout the story, made important to the story without eclipsing it with too much facts is very well done. I could appreciate the myths and the way they shaped the world without taking away from my care for the main characters. And the story itself – I loved the way it was drawn out and how emotions and at the core, the character’s internal struggles, were the most important aspects of their growth.
There is so much I want to say, but the experience of reading this story should be something you enjoy without any spoilers. I do so love the emphasis on stories, and points of views and choices, and I think there’s a very important message in that.