- Page Count: 352
- Release Date: March 28, 2017
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
- My Rating: 5 stars
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.
“Existence is the gift. Life is a choice.”
Ok so for the record I absolutely ADORED this book, but will have significantly less enthusiasm in this review than I really feel because Goodreads ate the review I posted after Thanksgiving and then my power went out when I was typing one before Christmas (and apparently I stilllll haven’t learned to save anything). So I’m going to quickly just get something out now before a meteor hits my house or something…
I know I’ve mentioned a couple hundred times that I’m a huge fan of Roshani Chokshi’s gorgeous writing, but can I please gush some more first?? IT IS SO MAGICAL. I would seriously read 200 extra pages describing everything further, no joke. The metaphors are amazing. I just love how her books have this wonderfully optimistic, whimsical, hopeful quality about them while still having a serious plot with realistic characters. And speaking of the characters… Gauri and Vikram were adorable. Their hate-to-love romance & witty banter were so well done! They’re easily two of my favorite characters now.
There were SO many amazing quotes throughout the story, too! The writing was a bit different from The Star-Touched Queen, but that doesn’t mean one was better or worse or anything. It just seemed like a new tone for a different story is all. But if TSSQ was a bit too abstract for your taste then maybe you’d still love this book — it can easily be a standalone. The feeling of some darker fairy tale quest situation kind of reminded me of parts I liked about Caraval, so check this out if you liked that book!
Thank you so much to the publisher for mailing me an ARC!