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.
Published: March 28th, 2017 by St Martin’s Griffin
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Oh My Fricken’ God!
This book was AMAZING! The story just pulled me right in, and I ended up finishing it in one day!
Lets start with the characters…
First we have the heroine, Gauri, also known as the ‘Jewel of Bharata’. Gauri is a strong, brave character who fights to protect the people of Bharata. With her cruel brother as King, Gauri must hide her weaknesses to protect her people and herself.
“I donned my armor,lining my eyes with Kohl until they were dark as death and patting crushed rose petals on my lips until they were scarlet as blood.”
Then we have the Hero of the story, Vikram, also known as the Fox Prince. In Ujijain he is heir to the throne and known for being clever and sly. But Vikram was adopted and people treat him as a puppet rather than the heir to the throne. Vikram only wants to be viewed as someone with potential and not judged by his blood. I absolutely loved Vikram (and he is some serious book boyfriend material guys!), I loved his confidence and the fact that he never doubted himself or his mind.
“In that moment, he looked like mischief and midnight, like a temptation that always slipped away too fast and left you at once relieved and disappointed.”
After Gauri and Vikram meet (and after some convincing on Vikram’s part) they both decide to enter the Tournament of Wishes, in which both players will each receive a wish if they pass the trials. I loved how we got to go on this journey with them through the magical Kingdoms. The descriptions of these place were incredible, Roshani Chokshi’s writing creates such vivid imagery that just pulls you right into the story.
I love Gauri and Vikram as individuals, but as soon as they met, it was pure magic. I lived for the banter between them (it was hilarious!) and I am such a sucker for hate-to-love romances. The angst and tension between them was fantastic and ugh, the ending was just perfect! Here are just a few examples of the banter between them:
“He turned to me, mischief glinting in his eyes, “How do they celebrate good fortune in Bharata? In Ujijian, we kiss.”
“Are you sure? You spend an awful amount of time looking at my lips.”
“Thats only because I’m horrified at the sheer idiocy of the words leaping out of them.”
“He stared at me. “Are you done?”
“May I get up?”
“I see you like your men with their egos gutted.”
“Only when I’m feeling generous.”
“Beside him, Gauri looked distraught. Chilvary demanded that he should inquire after the Princess’s well-being. She caught him looking at her and frowned:
“You’re heaving like a water buffalo in its death throes.”
Overall, this book was amazing and, I dare say, better than The Star-Touched Queen. If you haven’t read A Crown of Wishes then WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Go, go, go!