A Crown of Wishes (Roshani Chokshi)

I loved it more than The Star Touched Queen.



SYNOPSIS: An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.


I like the way the story flowed. I like how the characters had more depth. Each of the characters that were introduced had enough description and were interesting. The character’s actions were relatively much truer to their personalities than Maya from the star touched queen could ever be. I like the ending too. It wrapped up everything well. And as I’ve said I like the writing. I love it.

What might I have not liked? Vikram’s char, kind of. I was expecting him to be more… rough? Because of the way he was mentioned in the star touched queen. I imagined him to be more tyrannical. But I mean I love the way he turned out to be. Although it takes some getting used to.

I have a love/hate relationship with regards to Gauri and Vikram’s banter. I like banter. I like Gauri’s wit. Vikram’s I can’t. I don’t know why.

There’s something about the magic that I don’t understand. The main chars, they don’t know much about magic either. With every trial they face, the characters don’t really realise what they’re doing either, they just do things based on what they feel like doing and it just somehow works.. Hmm. So it feels like they got over all their trials pretty quick, too quick. But then again they had a lot of trials. Can’t spend too much time on each one, can ya?

But truth be told I like this book. A lot. I like how The Lord of Treasures is only interested in stories. He’s kind of my favourite character in the whole book. He’s so unpredictable. And he says the dandiest things.

All in all a much better story!

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