Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani ChokshiTitle:  A Crown of Wishes (The Star-Touched-Queen #2)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: March 28, 2017

four-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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Review

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi 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!

About Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A CROWN OF WISHES. Her middle grade debut, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, released April 3, 2018 from Disney/Rick Riordan Presents. The sequel, ARU SHAH AND THE SONG OF DEATH is slated to release April 30, 2019. Her next young adult novel, THE GILDED WOLVES, is slated for January 15, 2019. Chokshi's work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. She was a finalist in the 2016 Andre Norton Award and the Locus Top Ten for Best First Novel. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

20 thoughts on “Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

  1. Maggie says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked A Crown of Wishes! I’m so excited to read it, especially since I loved The Star-Touched Queen! Great review! 😀

  2. Bionic Book Worm says:

    Wish I could have read this review but I haven’t read Star Touched Queen yet. But it’s good to know that the second book is strong. I’ve heard quite a few people who were worried the sequel wouldn’t be very good.

  3. thebookishlibra says:

    This sounds lovely. I have to admit I’ve been eyeing it because of the gorgeous cover for a while now so I’m very excited to hear that it’s not a sequel to The Star-Touched Queen since I haven’t read that yet either. I may read this one first. Great review!

    • Candid Cover says:

      I was a little bit relieved that it isn’t a sequel! Sometimes I have to go back and read my review or just reread a whole book to jog my memory of other books in a series. This was really easy to jump into and really can be read as a standalone. Enjoy! 🙂

  4. Kelly says:

    Great review! I also thought this was a sequel…so I’m really excited to see that it’s actually a companion novel. Really glad that it’s magical like The Star-Touched Queen, and especially looking forward to the amount of sass that’s in the writing, as it sounds like so much fun! I loved The Star-Touched Queen so I’m really excited to read this! Happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  5. Jaime Lynn says:

    Does Maya make an appearance? Just wondering, because I am a fan! I ADORED The Star-Touched Queen so much. The writing is stunning. I am very much looking forward to reading this sequel. AND THE COVERS! Gah!

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