Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.
Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Favorite Exerpts: (may be different in finished book)
“Ignoring the indescribable stupidity of not bringing any useful weapons, you did keep us alive. Now just keep quiet.”
“Brilliant advice, Princess. Right up there with ‘Breathing is rather useful if you want to live.”
I took a deep breath. “If we survive, I’ll… I’ll be your partner in the Tournament.”
“And you won’t make an more attempts on my life?”
“Let’s not be rash.”
I have to tell you that pulling my favorite exerpts from this one was hard. I literally ran out of space in my notebook where I write them down and just started writing % marks where I have them highlighted.
The characters are VERY well developed. They’re all amazingly realistic and believable, which I’ve come to expect from Roshani Chokshi’s work. Also, obviously, the dialogue in A Crown of Wishes is A++. (For proof, see above.) Gauri and Vikram are completely OTP worthy and I don’t want to hear otherwise. If you disagree….. well, you’re welcome to your own opinion, but it’s wrong.
The world is built up in a completely immersive way, which, again, I’ve come to expect from Roshani Chokshi’s work. It’s definitely good for an escapism read in that way. A Crown of Wishes takes us back to a bit of the magic of The Star-Touched Queen, but adds into it and creates a world that is both separate from and connected to its companion novel.
The story itself is absolutely stunning! It flows well and kept me wanting more from beginning to end. A Crown of Wishes is a total page turner and I had so much trouble putting it down. [shakes fist at expectation of adulting] I also loved the subtle, yet effective, plot twists used to pull the story along without snagging.
I do want to add that while this is a companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen, it’s not necessarily a sequel to it. A Crown of Wishes can be enjoyed without having read The Star-Touched Queen. However, there is some content in A Crown of Wishes that will spoil The Star-Touched Queen so I will recommend you read that first if you’ve got it on your TBR.
I personally really enjoyed this story. Even the heartbreaking, soul crushing parts. Ah, Roshani Chokshi. Breaker of Hearts. Granter of Wishes. Queen of the Night Bazaar. I can not wait to read more of her work.
Overall, I rate A Crown of Wishes 5 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it. Preorder a copy of A Crown of Wishes and enjoy it for yourself when it’s released on 28 March 2017! A few places you can go to get your hands on a copy are:
- Amazon US
- Amazon UK
- Books-A-Million (US)
- Barnes and Noble (US)
- Book Depository
- your local bookstore or local library
For more information about Roshani Chokshi and her work, visit her website.
I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for this honest review.