Expected publication: March 28th 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin
Format read: E-ARC via publisher
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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.
It's a companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen, and Chokshi introduces us to a tournament that challenges desire, fear and ambition in three very different protagonists. While I was was a fan of all three characters, I had a specific fondness for Aasha, and her struggles of trying to determine her humanity, and how it relates to the greater world. It's a study that challenges both character and reader to truly understand who they are and who they're willing to be, and I think it's especially apt in these times.
However, I was also very fond of Vikram and Gauri, who drew me into the story, and humanized the story, in a way that had the same magic and appeal that The Narnian Chronicles had for me, the first time I read it. (Sorry, Roshani! Hope you don't mind the comparison!)
All in all, this is a magical companion tale, and has absolutely been worth the wait.
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About the author:
ROSHANI CHOKSHI, is a 2008 Pushcart Prize nominee. Her work has appeared in Loose Change, In The Fray, and The Feminist Wire. One of her short stories was a finalist in the 2014 Katha Fiction Contest (hosted by Khabar Magazine and India Currents Online) and will be published sometime in October. The Star-Touched Queen is her first novel.