The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

The Star-Touched Queen is a little slow to start, but once it finds a groove the story will draw you in and you won’t want to put it down. The writing style is very poetic and descriptive, which is absolutely gorgeous but can sometimes slow down the story. Those pacing issues continue throughout the story. Sometimes the book flows well and you find yourself reading through chapters in no time, while other times the writing or plot trips you up and slows down the story.

I was very intrigued by the premise of the story, as not only does it include elements of Indian folklore but it is a re-telling of the Hades and Persephone myth. As a huge fan of Greek mythology, that was the aspect of the story that I was most excited to experience. Amar and Maya are our Hades and Persephone, although it is a unique story and you don’t feel like you’re reading a re-telling.

As strange as it seems, my favourite character was actually the demon horse Kamala. Although she could be really creepy when she salivated over eating people, she could be funny and made some of the scenes for me. Although I liked Amar, Maya and the other supporting characters I didn’t relate strongly to any of them so it made me less invested in the book. I wish I did like them more because I would have loved to have stronger feelings about this gorgeous book.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it – but it didn’t make any strong or lasting impact on me. Readers who are fans of flowery prose and very descriptive writing will enjoy Roshani Chokshi’s writing style, but if you are a fan of more simple sentences you might have difficultly getting through this book.

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10 responses to “The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi”

  1. Bionic Book Worm Avatar

    I’ve heard many people say that about this book. It was good but not great. I have it sitting on my shelf and I’ve been scared to read it lol

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    1. kyera Avatar

      It’s definitely worth a read, and at the very least the book itself is gorgeous!

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  2. bookprincessreviews Avatar

    Kamala was literally the dark horse of the story….okay, that was terrible pun. But seriously! Kamala came out of nowhere, but was so much perfection. I think part two was when the story started to soar for me. Because of Kamala. XD But I agree with a lot of your thoughts on this. 😀 Wonderful review, Kyera!!

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    1. kyera Avatar

      Thank you for your punny thoughts 😋 have you read the second book yet?

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      1. bookprincessreviews Avatar

        YES. And I actually preferred to the first one. I enjoyed the two main characters a bit more – the banter was amazing and I connected a bit more to them. It still had the super pretty writing and VERY cool setting. Are you reading it soon?


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