A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: I fell in LOVE with the entirety of this book. I didn’t know I would enjoy it as much as I did and was beautifully surprised by the story, the places, the characters, all of it. There is so much that goes on in A Crown of Wishes, but it is all there to make the book that much better. Every detail has its place and every character has their own quirks and virtues, along with a great sense of humor and strong minded personas.
Gauri is unpredictable, fiery, and a no holds back kind of princess. Vikram is a prince who is very astute, with tons of charm to top it off. And they make the perfect pairing for a magical competition. They will join forces in order to save one another from their brutal and disparaging demise. If all goes well, they will be granted one wish their heart most desires.
“…they say the Lord of Treasures hosts a tournament for the very best and the very worst, the dreamers and the broken. He’ll play a game with you unlike any tournament you have ever played.”
I have not yet read the first book in the series and was contemplating whether or not to do so, but after reading this novel I can’t help but want to delve into The Star-Touched Queen. There were so many elements in this second installment that I really liked such as the ruby that shows you what you most want in life, how driven Gauri is to survive by devising an unexpected attack on Vikram during the short time she had in the “waiting” room. The many things that Gauri and Vikram encounter on their way to and at the tournament, making this read even more delightful and magical.
“This was a place where realms and nightmares borrowed each other’s faces. Somewhere, foiled among all that dark gold and all those bright jewels, was my wish.”
“In this labyrinth, the beautiful and savage walked with their faces tilted toward a sky where stars drifted in a black ocean. Wave upon wave of comets and clouds, eclipses and nebulae rolled above us.”
There is more than just Gauri and Vikram. Aasha is a vishakanya who dreamed of eating something other than desire. Kubera, the Lord of Treasure and the guardian of the North who has a cynical way of being. And many otherworldly beings that make this land and tournament utterly compelling.
I just couldn’t get enough of this novel, and at the end I wished my own wish of many more pages, but that sadly it didn’t happen, yes silly me. I found my way out of the reading slump I was in with this gorgeous book and looking forward to reading the first novel. A Crown of Wishes is one read I highly recommend to anyone and can’t wait to get my hands on a final copy when it is released later this month.
***I received this copy from St. Martin’s Griffin via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***