March 27, 2017 by Zoë
Princess Gauri has been manipulated and pressured into marrying Vikram, the prince of a neighboring kingdom. Vikram, however, has other things in mind. He wants to compete in an otherworldy competition to win a wish, and he wants Gauri to be his partner. In A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, Gauri and Vikram set out to find their way to the Tournament of Wishes and to win. But wishes and games are tricky things.
I enjoyed the first book in this duology, The Star-Touched Queen well enough–I liked the mythological aspects and all of the fantasy. This book maintains the fantastical world building but doesn’t fall into the trap of re-telling the same plot over again. This plot is wholly new, which is good. I also enjoyed the romance better than in The Star-Touched Queen.
Where Roshani Chokshi shines is her descriptions. She creates a fantastical world and fills it with beautiful and dangerous things, all of which she describes in poetical terms. It’s lovely to read.
I guess the main problem I had with this book, similar to the first one, was that there wasn’t a whole lot of tension. I was never really concerned for Gauri, which made the conclusion a little anticlimactic. However, as with the first book, I think part of the reason for this is that the story is told like a fairy tale and fairy tales tend to lack a huge sense of danger because they are following such familiar beats.
This was a lovely story and I think I liked it better than The Star-Touched Queen, if only because the romance was more up my alley. If you liked the first book in this duology, you’ll like this one too.
“Find the one who glows, with blood on the lips and fangs in the heart.”
I received an electronic copy of this book through Netgalley for this review.