A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on March 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Mythology
Pages: 352 Format: ARC Source: Library
This ARC was received by my library department for marketing purposes. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.
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.
Roshani Chokshi is back with another exquisite tale in A Crown of Wishes. I’m really just astounded by her writing chops. Every sentence was absolutely delectable and her descriptions are to die for. She’s undeniably a wordsmith, weaving and painting a masterpiece one chapter at a time. I was drooling over not only the food mentioned but the characters as well.
Gauri is a fierce warrior hardened by living under her brother’s rule. Her guard is constantly up and she is always prepared for the worst. Vikram on the other hand is witty, kind, and fun loving. His sharp mind serves him far more than weapons ever will. Both of them want with such intensity and the Tournament of Wishes gives Gauri and Vikram a chance at something more.
The two of them face many trials along the way and Roshani introduces one after the other with such precision. From Gauri’s impending execution to the excursion through the Otherworlds, and of course, the tournament itself. At the same time, Vikram and Gauri struggle with their inner demons, dark pasts and unknown futures. This book is deeply human despite magic seeping from the pages.
Overall A Crown of Wishes was an absolute delight. With stunning prose, excellent characters, and a story full of twists and turns, Chokshi delivers a marvelous second book. Honestly I think I liked this one even more than The Star-Touched Queen which is really saying something. Definitely add this to your TBR and to purchase piles, everyone should really experience this word magic.
So are you excited for A Crown of Wishes? Have you read The Star-Touched Queen already? Who are your favorite authors that bring words to life? Let me know all of your thought in the comments below!