Title: A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Date of Publication: March 28th, 2017
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.
I liked the first book, The Star-Touched Queen, minus the idiotic mistakes that Maya made in that book. This book however, has two awesome leads. Gauri is fierce from the life that she has had to live and has been imprisoned by another kingdom. Her own brother from Bharata has asked for her to be killed.
Vikrim is the adopted son of the ruler of Ujijain and because he is not the blood son of him, the counsel isn’t fully loyal to Vikrim. He wants to find a way to change that. He learns of a way to win a wish in a place known as Alaka that he had always believe was just a myth. Vikrim needs Gauri’s help and therefore helps her escape to find this mysterious place.
This book was magical and beautiful, and the way that Roshani writes is nothing less of captivating. She doesn’t hold back on the world building and can twist and mold words in such a way that the reader is left breathless.
I loved these lead characters. Gauri was strong and independent but could still fall for someone like Vikrim and remain having those things. Vikrim was full of sass, and I loved it! The book is told from both of their point of views, but one more is thrown into the mix. Aasha is a Vishakanya who is poison to any human she touches. I didn’t know if I would like having her point of view in there, but I did. I could easily connect with her.
There was action, friendship, romance, and a couple of cameos from the previous book that had me saying yes!
There were times in the book when the descriptions did get to be a lot, and I feel like a lot of the metaphors don’t even make sense at times, but being in that world I feel like everything doesn’t have to be exact. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that liked The Star-Touched Queen, and if you didn’t I would still read it since this one was a lot better.
Have you read The Star-Touched Queen?