A Crown of Wishes (Star-Touched Series #2)

A Crown of Wishes (Star-Touched Series #2)

by Roshani Chokshi


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From the author of The Star-Touched Queen comes a beautiful lush fantasy, Roshani Chokshi's A Crown of Wishes.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250100214
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Star-Touched Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 267,334
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

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A Crown of Wishes 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Maja Vogrin More than 1 year ago
Wow, wished I'd read this book a lot sooner. Now, to be fair I did attempt to read it when it was first released and by attempt I mean that I did read a few chapters. Back then the story just didn't pull me in and I don't know if it was a weird timing or something else, but I just felt it'd be better to set it aside for when I'm ready to give it another try. And I'm glad that I did, otherwise I'd be missing out on a great story. To be honest, I didn't read the first book in this series, so I didn't know what happened with Maya and also I wished for the glossary to be at the beginning of the book and not the end, since there are some strange words for the creatures we meet in the story and I didn't know exactly what they were. That being said, maybe I should've read the first book but it wasn't so bad that I couldn't follow the plot. As for the plot itself, I quite liked it. It's a quest for power that in the end turns into a much more important life value. I loved all the details about this new magical world, that really helped me to imagine what it actually looked like and made me feel more connected to the story and characters. Now as for the main characters, I'm a fan of Vikram's. He's really smart and at times his determination and positivity makes him almost innocent in his view of the world. But he also has a sad past, same as Gauri. And that's something that bonds them together and slowly forges this beautiful friendship that will more times than not save their lives. And while I like Vikram, I can't say the same for Gauri. I just didn't connect with her as much as I did with Vikram. She's strong and a fighter but also so pessimistic and so full of guilt that it at times really clouds her judgement. And more times than not the only way she deals with all that guilt is to lash out at the people who are the closest to her. That made her a bit immature in my eyes but she's only eighteen, so I'll cut her some slack. All in all, I liked the story and I'm glad I finally read it.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful story, full of magic, adventure, and, yes, love. Beyond the unique plot, what really shined for me as a reader were the characters. Gauri is an unconventional, strong warrior-princess, who has had to fight her whole life for what she has wanted. Vikram is a sensitive, funny prince whose happy-go-lucky persona hides a depth of feeling. On the surface, they have nothing in common and yet they are thrown together as partners in a life and death competition from which only one will ever return. One of the books that I just could not stop reading. Unpredictable right to the end, I highly recommend this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In A Crown of Wishes, Gauri must learn to trust the Fox Prince of a neighboring kingdom and work together with him in order to win the Tournament of Wishes, of which the prize is a wish. What intrigued me: I'd read her other book, The Star-Touched Queen and really enjoyed her writing style Action-filled world building Right from the beginning, the action starts. I think it's about half a page in and the main female is already plotting ways to blind someone? Although it's a fast paced book, it never fails to accurately set the scene. The author has a talent for describing things without getting bogged down in flowery words. She also builds an intriguing world with its own mythology and fairy tales that almost leave you with more questions than answers. Also, even though it's technically a sequel to The Star-Touched Queen, it has the depth to be a standalone. Likable Characters The book switches between the point of view of both Gauri and Vikram, and thankfully the characters are both snarky and full of wit which makes reading both POVs a pleasure. I also really enjoyed the romance aspect, which is a rare thing in YA books. It's developed very naturally and never feels forced, nor does it overshadow the main plot. A Crown of Wishes is a fast paced fantasy with delightful world building and a badass female lead that captivated me from page one. Overall, do I recommend? YES, this is one I almost binged in just a few sittings because I had such a hard time putting it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book lover's dream, a love letter to stories and everything they are to our souls. The language is lush, Gauri and Vikram are winsome characters that long to be remembered (and will be), and the Otherworld is a candyland of whimsy and danger. This book turns our world into magic, and reminds you that everything you want is within reach, for good or ill. A crown of stars for this story, a new favorite!
LauraEG26 More than 1 year ago
Anyone who read "The Star-Touched Queen" by Roshani Chokshi, whether they liked it or not, must read the sequel before they can truly judge the series. "A Crown of Wishes" completes the tale of a world in juxtaposition to the surreal Otherworld. While "The Star-Touched Queen" may have left some readers wanting more, others may have been confused by the entire Otherworld storyline. Unlike Maya, Gauri doesn't belong in the Otherworld but both are driven by the same desire to attain their "better" lives (because everything is better than what we have, right?). When Gauri is offered the opportunity to pursue a wish by her enemy, Vikram, she views it as she does everything else in her life: something to confront or run from. Vikram, however, views the opportunity as something that will give him all he desires. Both soon discover what immortality truly is and the risks they are both willing to take to be granted a wish. Unlike "The Star-Touched Queen", "A Crown of Wishes" returns to the "real world" and explains the actions of the Otherworld in both books as each discovers their true person and desires. I love this book and devoured it quickly in constant hope Gauri would be granted her wish since her dear sister Maya had been taken from her when she was young, just as everything else seemed to be. Chokshi helps the reader understand the journey of a true wish granted which many nowadays regard simply as "anything I want" but truly lack the imagination to explain the immortality of a true wish. My opinion is solely my own, but I do want to thank Goodreads, St. Martin's Press and Roshani Chokshi for an Advance copy of such an amazing book. Thank you Roshani for stating in the acknowledgements the uniqueness of writing a sequel. While I may not have experience in writing, I do have experience in "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie" mixed in with "cesspits of despair." Thank you for sharing your story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the star touched queen so much I had to get this book love the way you tell the story with impact with vision in to the world's I can almost see them as I read loved it
Kspina More than 1 year ago
This confirms it. I will read anything Roshani Chokshi writes. I've done it with Vonnegut & Patricia Briggs. When a writer can sweep me up into their universe and keep me there until the very last page, I am their reader for life. The fact that she's done it not once, but twice? I'm in forever. A fabulous journey of myth and magic in a world that is based on stories I've never seen or felt before. Yet, it doesn't feel stale and ancient like something plucked from a history book and thrust onto the page for "worldbuilding." This is a story that is alive with characters and magic and a world of wonder beyond conceiving. It's beautiful and breathtaking, and I envy all of you that get to read it for the first time.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
“He’d built his life on wanting the impossible – true power, recognition, a future – and now magic had found him when he’d stopped looking.” I bought myself a copy of Roshani Chokshi’s The Star Touched Queen last year, and immediately dove in. While the book started off absolutely brilliantly, in the middle, the writing and the magic fused to become a very vague thing which had me not loving it as much as I hoped I would. I wasn’t sure if I would read A Crown of Wishes but Roshani with her One Line Wednesdays, all the bloggers saying it was amazing and also, THE COVER THAT IS TOO GORGEOUS FOR WORDS convinced me to put it on my Wish list, and then the LOVELY folks at Macmillan sent me a review copy! *sends happy hugs* Truth be told, I’M SO SO SAD that this book is over because I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT, and now I’m going to miss Gauri and Vikram SO much. This book was BRILLIANT. I loved everything in it and everything it offered me. Let me break it down for you: 1. ROSHANI’S WRITING: If NOTHING else will make you believe in Magic, Roshani Chokshi’s writing style will. The way she crafts her words together, her descriptions about things both ordinary and extraordinary and just her general ability to bring everything alive on a page is unparalleled. I had at least four moments where I just sat back after a particularly well done scene and just MARVELLED AT THIS LADY’S SHEER TALENT. 2. GAURI AND VIKRAM: I loved these two characters together, but even more than that, I LOVED THEM INDIVUDIALLY TOO. The fact that this story was told from both their points of view, and showed us how they thought, their dreams, hopes and desires separately and then slowly, how they wanted the other was EVERYTHING I was looking for. I loved that there was no real distinction between general male and female roles. At no point was Gauri the weaker one or vice versa, and that the two of them needed each other equally. Their power, their wit and their courage was equally matched, which is just what all fantasies, contemporaries and real relationships need to be. 3. THE BANTER: Honestly, BEST. BANTER. EVER. I LOVED it. They were these two firecrackers being set off by and it was hilarious and filled with chemistry and made their relationship so much better. My heart exploded into feels in the last chapter of the book in the Ujjain gardens because AWWWWW. Seriously, best relationship development I’ve seen in a while. 4. THE PLOT: The plot is only second-best to the magical writing and perfect characters in this book, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t GREAT anyway. I can’t describe it without spoiling the magical journey that Roshani’s journey will take you on, but suffice it to say that IT IS A VERY WELL CONSTRUCTED BOOK. Undeniably magical and witty, A Crown of Wishes is a book shaped masterpiece.
JollyRogerBooks More than 1 year ago
A Crown of Wishes or affectionately known as ACOW was everything and more that could be imagined as a spin-off companion novel to Roshani Chokshi's debut novel, The Star-Touched Queen. A year ago, I immersed myself into the Otherworld that Chokshi created. And now, I gladly and eagerly return to this world, but a whole new part of it. Chokshi continues to amaze the senses with her descriptions and vivid imagery of the worlds that Gauri and Vikram have to traverse. For all those who love TSTQ, this story is just as enrapturing and the world is some how even more magical than TSTQ. We get to see the Night Bazaar learn of even more magical celestial beings that are of the Otherworld. Not only is the scenery magical, but the plot and characters are as well. We get a little slice of remembrance from the first book as soon as we meet Gauri but she is not as we remembered in the first story. Life in Bharata has shaped her and now she is no innocent spring chicken. But she is soon required to pair up with Vikram prince of Ujijain in a tournament where they compete to earn themselves a Wish. And this wish does not have any stipulations like those pesky rules of magic. They can wish for anything their heart desires, of course needing to keep inmind that wishes do not always take shape in exactly they way you expect.An example given is that a wish for rain to slake a field's thirst could actually be such a downpour that the lands flood and wipe out a village. Nonetheless, Vikram and Gauri must complete their two tasks to win the tournament and earn their wishes as well as figure out a way to also both get out of Alaka. The plot goes in many different directions that are positively magical and right up Chokshi's alley. As for the question if there is any visibility of any beloved characters from TSTQ? Well, I think i'll leave that for you to discover yourself. If you loved TSTQ in any way shape or form, than this is most definitely the book for you. BUt be warned, it will make you seriously want to reread TSTQ as well.
SeaReads More than 1 year ago
"Stories are boundless and infinite, ever-changing and elusive[....] They are the truest treasure and therefore my dearest possessions." So confides a character in Roshani Chokshi's sophomore novel before urging, "Give me a tale worth telling." In A Crown of Wishes, Chokshi has done exactly that. This story is sweet and multi-layered, a companion that surpasses its predecessor. Even if The Star-Touched Queen wasn't for you, this book is worth your time! As soon as we met fierce, no-nonsense grown-up Gauri in the latter half of The Star-Touched Queen, I was dying to tear into her story. I am not at all disappointed. This is a longing, loving story of heroes, tender romance, and figuring out who you really are and what mark you want to leave on the world. Chokshi's writing is just the right amount gorgeous. Her sentences conjure lush, illuminated scenes of the Otherworld around you like she did in her debut, but her style and vision are greatly refined here. I didn't find myself lost or disoriented when following the setting or action like I occasionally did in The Star-Touched Queen. Instead, I was pulled effortlessly through this book by the winning cast, intriguing plot, and heartwarming entwining of so many tales into one. Gauri and Vikram are characters I want to hug. Each of them is phenomenally written, but together, they shine even more. Gauri is stubborn, loyal, and guarded, always burdened by worry that she won't be able to protect the people she loves and guilt that she has failed far too many of them. Vikram's wit and inventiveness mask his worry that he will never be given the chance to fulfill his potential. They both recognize and own their flaws, growing by accepting and learning to live with their shortcomings, not shoving them into the past and forgetting them. They also fill the pages of this book with some of the best banter I've read in a long time and an aching, adorable, wistful romance. They aren't the only ones here with a story worth telling. Their quest is epic, filled with page-turning twists, engrossing developments, and plenty of action. But they also weave through so many other tales of wishing, regret, and redemption. A Crown of Wishes is not only a compelling story about myths, magic, and monsters of all varieties. It feels whole in a special way, with its own pulse and life: a book about choosing to write your own story, and not just live it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stunning. A must read for fans of YA fantasy (as is her debut, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN). The mythological world that Chokshi shares with the reader is lush, vibrant, and richly-developed. It's a treasure.
Myndia More than 1 year ago
A beastly princess and a fox-like prince, their kingdoms on the edge of war, become the most unexpected of teams when offered the opportunity to compete in the Tournament of Wishes. Together they enter the Otherworld to compete against humans and immortals, for the opportunity to win one wish. If they win, they each win a wish, but only one will return home, while the other is bound to the Otherworld for the remainder of their life. If I’m being completely honest, I think I would have liked this better if I hadn’t read The Star-Touched Queen first, and so recently. Because it was freakin’ amazing. Like, definitely the best YA I’ve read this year. Maybe the best YA I’ve read ever. EVER. And when the first thing you’ve written is one of the best things in the whole entire world, how do you best that? Sometimes, you don’t. Sometimes, your second shot is second best. But that’s still pretty damn great. The thing I loved about The Star-Touched Queen was the sense of magic and whimsy, the gorgeous purple prose. The words were magic and so was the story. A Crown of Wishes simply didn’t have that same Alice in Wonderland feel to me. There was magic, but it was darker and more shadowy than whimsical. And I missed the purple prose. It was kind of like switching from cotton candy to coffee. I love cotton candy and I love coffee. But if you’re expecting cotton candy and you’re handed coffee instead? Yeah. From the first page, I loved Vikram. Gauri I knew a little bit from The Star-Touched Queen, but I expected to like her more than I did initially. She grew on me. And Aasha…I know this is supposed to be the last book in this world, but I feel like she could have had more of her own story. Crossing my fingers and hoping Miss Chokshi one day finds herself compelled to write a story for Aasha. There is so much more I want to know about her, and I want so much for her. So, probably unfairly, the hangover from The Star-Touched Queen has rubbed a little of the shine off a book I would normally find perfectly wonderful. Because it really and truly is. Roshani Chokshi knows how to write, there is no doubt about that. I would and will buy anything and everything she writes. Her characters are everything, her world-building is phenomenal, and her imagination for story-telling is just…dare I say…incomparable? So hangover or no, A Crown of Wishes is worth your time. You need not read The Star-Touched Queen first, but I highly, highly recommend you read both. Just be prepared for a markedly different tone. P.S. OMG that cover thought, right?!?!? Note: I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
hwheaties More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, so I was thrilled to find out she was releasing a companion novel about Gauri, Maya's little sister. While A Crown of Wishes is a companion to TSTQ, Chokshi's signature style (I compare it to the imagery of the movie What Dreams May Come) is. Gauri, like Maya, is a princess of Bharata. But for me, where Maya was rounded edges and sweetness, Gauri is all hard edges, sharp tongue, and sass (meaning I loved her instantly). I mean, barely a page into her story, she says she hates being told to smile. So of course I would love her. The story follows Gauri and Vikram, who just happens to be a prince from a major enemy of Bharata. But, when you're invited to a tournament where the prize is a wish? You would probably team up with an enemy, too. Vikram receives an invitation to the tournament, and decides that he wants Gauri to compete alongside him, and that he'll give her the chance to take her rightful place on the throne of her kingdom should they win. There were many beautiful lines in this book (see below for some of my favorites), but the setting, characters, and story outshines them all. Chokshi once again weaves myth together with a deft understanding of human nature and desire to create a story everyone can find a home in—because wouldn't everyone like to win a wish? Of course we know that winning a wish would never prove easy—for every thing gained, isn't there always a corresponding cost or compromise we must somehow make? But the beauty of the telling of the story, told from three (yes three, but I'm not spoiling anything) points of view, is that Gauri and Vikram gain more than anything a wish could ever provide—self-knowledge, acceptance, and inner strength. Both go into the tournament with their own insecurities, and both leave forever changed in many ways. When you combine Chokshi's attention to detail in setting, faithfulness to and weaving of myths, and uncanny ability to write characters who transcend her stories, A Crown of Wishes is a perfect follow-up/companion to The Star-Touched Queen, and a beautiful read besides. Wanna check it out on audio? Here's an excerpt! And now, my favorite lines: They told me they'd keep my death quick if I'd only smile for them one more time. I hated being told to smile. You see, a story is not just a thing told to a child before sleep. A story is control. Trusting magic was like trying to harness a thunderstorm. My voice was one of the only things I could control—when to unleash it, when to tamp it down like a burning ember, when to grow it in secret. True strength sometimes demanded unstitching everything you know. Sometimes the greatest power comes not from that which we do, but that which we do not.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi Book Two of The Star-Touched Queen series Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin Publication Date: March 28, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Last year, I read The Star-Touched Queen and while I enjoyed it overall, I didn't love it like most people did. It was a wonderful story, but I wanted the hero to be less one-dimensional, and I wanted the romance to be more direct and present. I am extremely pleased with A Crown of Wishes because it has everything I liked in The Star-Touched Queen - AND the issues I had with The Star-Touched Queen are not present in this book. I liked A Crown of Wishes more than The Star-Touched Queen, and I think it is better than its predecessor. Vikram has always known that he will inherit the throne of Ujijaiin but he will only ever be a puppet Emperor. The council has never treated him like a full-blood prince - given that he was adopted by the Emperor. When Vikram is invited to play in the Tournament of Wishes, he does not refuse. He must find a partner, and that leads him to Gauri. Gauri, princess of Bharata, has been a prisoner for months. When the prince of an enemy kingdom offers freedom in exchange for her being his partner in a deadly and magical game, she accepts, hoping to kill him and be rid of him quickly. But they discover that they needed each other more than they realized, if they want to make it out of the Tournament alive, and win. The prize is a wish for any victor, and both Vikram and Gauri have desires born of their cruel pasts. But desires are dangerous, just as dangerous as secrets. One thing that I was extremely excited to discover is that this book is written in dual POV - we get Gauri's first-person POV, and Vikram's third-person POV. I complained about how I thought Amar felt so one-dimensional, in The Star-Touched Queen. Well, that problem was very, very fixed in this book, given the second POV (Vikram's). I'll start with Vikram, since the story starts with Vikram. I would argue that this book is just as much Vikram's as it is Gauri's - she does not hold the spotlight. Vikram is the Fox Prince, an eighteen-year-old prince who is clever and very intelligent. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
AsDreamsAreMade More than 1 year ago
Original Review Link: http://asdreamsaremade.com/2017/03/book-tuesday-release-day-a-crown-of-wishes/#more-4132 Oh how I loved this story! Such a beautiful companion to The Star-Touched Queen. Guari is princess of Bharata, but lacks any power due to her evil brother, Skanda.  Much like her, Vikram is a prince only in name due to a corrupt council.  When the two of them meet, they are offered a chance to play in the tournament of wishes, hopefully winning and gaining their wishes.  But wishes aren’t everything they appear to be and magic often has a way of twisting reality.  Will they both leave the tournament unscathed or will they lose everything? This story focusses on Maya’s sister, Guari.  I loved Guari in the last book and loved her even more in this one. Vikram was a fantastic match for her.  In fact, I think he was my favorite character.  He was so smart, yet witty and charming.  I loved their interactions–both with each other and the other magical inhabitants of Alara.  I loved Aasha.  What a great addition to this story.  I’m almost hoping we get a follow-up with her for the next book! The prose and writing was lush and vivid as only Roshani is capable of doing.  The complex characters kept me turning the pages while the plot moved a long nicely.  The ending was thoroughly enjoyable and completely appropriate to each character.  Loved it! Honestly, if you’ve already read The Star-Touched Queen and loved it, this is already sold to you.  If you haven’t, go read both right now.  They’ll take you on a wonderful, magical adventure with fleshed out characters and new worlds yet to be explored.  Isn’t that what every reader longs for in a book?
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
A Crown of Wishes has everything that I loved about The Star-Touched Queen, plus so much more. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I love this book even more than I loved The Star-Touched Queen—which I didn't even think was possible. Gauri is a powerhouse leading lady, and Vikram utterly oozes with charm. I'm definitely adding these two to my list of top OTPs because together, they were magic. The writing in this phenomenal book—both the dialogue and the prose—are truly dazzling; I simply could not get enough of it. I clung onto every moment, phrase, and word—wanting nothing more than to continue being fully immersed in this indescribably fantastic world that Roshani has created. With not a single dull moment in sight, the wondrous beauty and sparkling humor in A Crown of Wishes left me absolutely breathless. Roshani's natural wit and snark shined through, and I adored every second of it. From the inside and out, this book is just utter perfection. I'm incredibly impressed with how much Roshani has grown as a writer since her bestselling The Star-Touched Queen, and I will be waiting with bated breath to see what she has in store for us in the future.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: Once again I am enthralled by Roshani’s artistic and eloquent writing style. Her prose continues to impress me. She has a very lovely and vivid way of describing the worlds in her books that just draws me in and holds me captive as I follow heroes, villains, tricksters, and monsters, as they navigate their way through magical obstacles and hidden truths. A story full of magic, discovery, and dark trials, A CROWN OF WISHES is indeed that, a prince and a princess chasing after their deepest desires even when they didn’t quite know them their selves. It is an exquisite companion to THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. NOTE: While often listed as the second book in the Star-Touched Queen duology, both books are technically stand-alones. For although they are written in the same world with familiar characters they each feature a different set of main characters as well as their own unique plots. That being said I’d still likely recommend reading The Star-Touched Queen first. *Read my FULL review on my Wordpress blog: Pooled Ink
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Despite his intelligence and ambition Vikram, known as the Fox Prince, is destined to become a puppet ruler in Ujijain. Betrayed by her brother, Gauri the "Jewel of Bharata" awaits her execution in a Ujijain prison. With nothing left to lose and everything to gain, this pair of would-be monarchs forge an uneasy partnership to travel to Alaka, the kingdom of desire, and compete in the Tournament of Wishes. The Tournament happens every hundred years and is hosted by Kubera, the Lord of Treasures with his consort, Lady Kauveri. Kubera promises a wish to anyone who wins the competition but winning a magical tournament is not always a simple victory. After traveling across dangerous worlds and meeting mythical foes and allies, Gauri and Vikram will have to confront the shapes of their own desires and fears if they hope to survive long enough to win in A Crown of Wishes (2017) by Roshani Chokshi. Chokshi revisits the world of her debut novel in this standalone novel following Gauri, Maya's younger sister, after Maya's departure from Bharata in The Star-Touched Queen. This novel alternates between Gauri's first person narration and third person narration from Vikram's point of view. A third character also plays an important part in the narrative but you'll have to meet her on your own. Gauri is a lethal and calculating heroine who negotiates her femininity and perceived weaknesses as easily as swords and battle strategies. Although she is haunted by Maya's absence and fearful of the magic that took her sister, Gauri is determined to move past her fears and doubts in order to survive and make Bharata everything she knows it can become. Vikram is a perfect contrast to Gauri with measured cunning tempered by his introspection and optimism. Unlike Gauri, Vikram is desperate to find magic in his life as a validation for his ambitions and potential. It's only in discovering the realities of magic--and the cost--that he begins to realize it will take more than wishes and wonder for him to prove himself. Lush language and vivid imagery in a fantasy world populated with figures and settings from Hindu mythology work well with the story's interplay between magic and legend. All of the characters grasp for freedom and autonomy as they grapple with what power and choice really mean. A Crown of Wishes is a novel about fierce want, unmet potential, magic, forged alliances, and the power of story. Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow burn relationship between Gauri and Vikram make this heady fantasy completely engrossing. Highly recommended. Possible Pairings: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn, A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston, Grave Mercy by R. L. LaFevers, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, And I Darken by Kiersten White
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I am painfully in love with TSTQ, so I knew I would do nearly anything to get my greedy hands on Crown. And when I got it, it was a matter of walking the fine line between devouring and saving. I love love loved Gauri and Vikram. She's stubborn and he's charming and they're adorable. The banter between them is top notch. I was laughing and swooning and gripping the book in exasperation. It's quite a roller coaster. As always, the story is fantastical and the prose is lyrical. I want to roll around in Roshani's words and never come out. There is one particular scene that had me grinning like a fool and I had to read it about 8 times before I could continue. With this book, Roshani has cemented her place on my auto-buy list. I can't even wait to see what she comes up with next. **Huge thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for providing the arc free of charge**