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.
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.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.