Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 28, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1250085497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250085498

Release Date ~ March 28, 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.

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi is one of the books I was eagerly waiting to read!  I was a bit worried about reading this book without having read it's predecessor but I quickly found out that this book can easily be read as a stand alone novel. 

There's been so much about this book all over the blog world that I've decided to just highlight the reasons why I truly enjoyed this book: 

The Characters

Gauri, a noteworthy heroine who is powerful, strong, hard on the outside and soft on the inside. Humanly fallible but her hearts in the right place.

Vikram, a dreamy Hero who is dashing, bumbling at times, intelligent, humanly flawed and noteworthy in his own right. 

The Hate to Love relationship between Gauri and Vikram had me captivated. 

The Plot

Oh, such a wonderful plot full of action and intrigue!  Full of magic, mayhem, quests, romance, prizes and so much more. It was wonderful to read this book and feel mythology come to life!

The Writing  

I found Ms. Chokshi's prose for this book to be magical, luscious and even lyrical!  At times {for me} it tended to get a bit overwhelming but I still truly enjoyed reading this book! 

There were more than a handful of quotes from the book that are deeply moving and full of beauty, power and grace.  I found it quite impressive to  observe, read and contemplate the unique way Ms. Choksi writes blending thoughts and fantasy into words and imbuing them with such meaning, emotion and power. 

Final Impressions

A Crown of Wishes is a fantastical tale that is superbly written, emotionally moving and  a jewel of a book!  I can't wait to read more of Ms. Chokshi's books! 

I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own. Thank you to St. Martin's Griffin Publishing, Ms. Chokshi and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. 

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