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.
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Published: April 26th, 2016
“I wanted a love thick with time, as inscrutable as if a lathe had carved it from night and as familiar as the marrow in my bones. I wanted the impossible, which made it that much easier to push out of my mind.”
That, my friends, is just one example of the beautiful writing in this magical book.
So let me break down the plot, basically we have a seventeen year old Princess named Maya who is feared by the people. This is because her horoscope promises “a marriage of death and destruction”. Maya is forced into a political marriage and she agrees so as to protect her younger sister and save her kingdom from war. And that is where the fun begins…
From the first page, I was completely hooked and I felt as if I was right beside Maya going on this journey with her. I loved all the characters in this book, Maya, Amar, Gupta, Gauri and especially Kamala, she was one badass, feisty demon horse.
As for the world-building, it was incredible. At times, the description of the world could be a bit difficult to follow, but mostly it was purely magical. I heard that this was a loose retelling of Hades and Persephone, so knowing that storyline made it easier to understand the descriptions of this world.
The writing in this book was absolutely amazing, it just flowed and everything felt real. It reminded me of Renee Ahdieh’s writing in that she describes everything (especially food!) so beautifully. I loved Roshani Chokshi’s descriptions and her play on words was really well done.
This review is quite short because I really don’t want to spoil the book. If you love the ACOTAR books (who doesn’t, right?!), The Wrath and the Dawn and even Cruel Beauty then I highly recommend you read this magical book. I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel, A Crown of Wishes!