I received this book at no cost from the publisherStar-Touched Stories (The Star-Touched Queen, #2.5) by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin's Press on August 7, 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Young Adult
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?
I am always amazed when I read anything written by Roshani Chokshi, it is just so beautiful and captivating. I swear by the end of the first page I am so enthralled I just want to read until I finish. That was no different when I picked up this wonderful book of three short stories from familiar characters that will draw you into another world. OK, if you haven’t read anything by her, you will want to read The Star Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes to never want to leave that mythology.
My favorite, of course, was Death and Night which let us revisit the romance of Amar and Maya with a bit of Gupta thrown in for comedic relief. Poison and Gold takes us to Aasha who is living with Guari and Vikram as they prepare for their marriage. Rose and Sword combines the elements of the two stories and characters as a grandmother tells her granddaughter a fairy tale. So much wonderful storytelling here. You don’t need to read either of the books to enjoy these quick reads, but it does help to know their background. These stories stand on their own and are a good addition to these worlds.