I received a copy of this book from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.
Title: A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
A Crown of Wishes is just as incredible as I had anticipated. This companion to The Star-Touched Queen tells the story of a tournament to win a wish and focuses on the sister of the protagonist in the first book. As expected, the writing is stunning and filled with sass. Fans of Caraval will undoubtedly love A Crown of Wishes.
When I first heard of this book, I thought it was a sequel to The Star-Touched Queen, but I was pleasantly surprised when I realized that it is actually a companion novel. This story is about Maya’s sister and works as a stand-alone. A Crown of Wishes is all about a magical tournament to win, you guessed it, a wish. It reminded me a bit of Caraval, and I loved that, since this concept is so entertaining to read. The bits of Indian mythology woven throughout the book are also extremely interesting and original. If you loved The Star-Touched Queen, I would definitely suggest giving Gauri’s story a try.
Gauri is such a fierce main character. Right off the bat, she is prepared to outsmart her captors and defend herself. Gauri is so clever and able to solve the riddles in the Tournament of Wishes with ease. I absolutely adored her connection with Vikram as well, since the two have such an adorable love/hate relationship that is hilarious to read.
I will never get tired of Roshani Chokshi’s writing. I already had high hopes considering how beautiful The Star-Touched Queen is, but I can honestly say that her writing has gotten even better. Roshani Chokshi’s style is so descriptive yet so snarky, which can be difficult to pull off. Her use of metaphors also adds to the beauty of the book, making A Crown of Wishes almost impossible to put down. I hope Roshani Chokshi will have more books out in the future, because I would even read her grocery lists.
A Crown of Wishes is the story of a magical tournament that contains such a sarcastic and strong main character. The beautiful writing is the best part, and even better than in The Star-Touched Queen. I absolutely recommend this book, even if you have yet to read the first!