I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 7, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, mythology
Format: E-book ARC
Source: the publisher
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Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world.
Death and Night
He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.
Poison and Gold
Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram's new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love.
Rose and Sword
There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?
“The sentence-level beauty of this book often stunned me: There’s a smooth, understated loveliness to the writing that kept catching me off guard. In Chokshi’s prose, voices have substance and texture while light has color and flavor; never have I wanted to munch on books so much as after reading…Solidly crafted and very engaging, this is a smooth, lovely and assured debut.”
—NPR.org on The Star-Touched Queen
“It’s gorgeously written and exceptionally intriguing, and Chokshi’s lush world is one you won’t want to leave.”
—Buzzfeed “Top 18 Books to Read this Spring” on A Crown of Wishes
“The tale is spellbinding, each character is well developed and interesting, and obvi we are so happy.”
—Bustle “Best YA Books of March” on A Crown of Wishes
When I got asked to host a spot on this tour, I have to admit I got a little gushy! This series is one of my favorites, and Roshani is on my auto-buy list. In fact, my daughter and I have her middle-grade book on our fall reading list! The Star-Touched Queen is such an amazing book (and you can read my thoughts about it here) and this world that Roshani has created is just pure magic. The Star-Touched stories simply open the world up just a little bit more so we can peek into the worlds we saw in the first two books of the series. Death and Night takes us back to Maya and Amar from The Star-Touched Queen, while Poison and Gold travels us to the characters from Crown of Wishes. Rose and Sword is a magical mix up of the two worlds, into a fairytale long told to the children of the world. The good thing about these novellas is that you don’t have to have read the first two books, but I’d definitely do that if you haven’t! You’ll thank yourself later. Let’s just say, I wish I could see the world through Roshani’s eyes for just a minute or two – she is an incredible storyteller and we are lucky to have her words out in the world.
Inside the Author’s Head
Speaking of being inside the author’s mind, here are some questions that Roshani answered exclusively for this blog tour!
- What inspired you to create this fictional world? Were there any mythologies that particularly inspired you? I was really inspired by the childhood stories that my grandmother told me. To me, they were so rich with details and texture that it really shocked me how these worlds and mythologies were never explored in mainstream literature. I was particularly inspired by Greek and Hindu mythology.
- Why did you feel it was important to add Star-Touched Stories to this world you’ve created? What do you want readers to gain from the stories? Do you think there are any more stories to tell from the Star-Touched world, and if so, who you most like to write about next? For me, this collection of stories is my farewell to the world that I created. It was extremely cathartic to write these three stories. I want readers to gain a sense of closure. I want readers to feel as much as I did when I with the stories. Who can say whether or not there are more stories left to tell in this world? 😉
- What was your favorite scene to write from Star-Touched Stories, and what was your favorite scene to write from the whole series? Honestly, my favorite scene that I wrote was the last scene the last story. I think you’ll see why. As for my favorite scene that I wrote from the whole series, I think it would have to be the moment when Maya first enters the Night Bazaar.
- Is there a scene or character from one of your stories that you’ve had to cut which you really wish you could share with readers? There once was a speaking monkey character… But I had to let go of him. Maybe he’ll reappear some other time.