MY RATINGS: 4/5 STARS
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
“Show me a dream unrealized. Don’t show me unchangeable paths.”
I have been reading rave reviews about this book and a fantasy that dabbles with Hindu mythology made me interested. As soon as I started reading, I was awestruck with the word weaving. The writing style is an absolute delight on top of such interesting characters and an intriguing plot.
Set up in Bharata (early India) as well as Akaran and Night Bazaar (the otherworld with supernatural creatures), it shows the journey of Mayawati, a condemned princess hated by everyone because of her horoscope and the rumors regarding her.
There is politics, supernatural/magical elements, war and yeah even a bit of romance but nothing cheesy.
The author hasn’t written anything that wasn’t important to make this book an entertaining one. Even though I knew certain stuff like the story of Narasimha, Naraka, Dharam Raj ( being an Indian), I enjoyed the spin author had put on it making it into this compelling Fantasy novel.
“He loved her.
And she loved him.
And in such bliss does devastation grow.”
Maya and Amar- they just fit together. Two misfits, unloved and misunderstood by the world. They found solace in one another and even though there were secrets and lack of trust, the visible romance was inevitable.
Kamala the horse was also a fantastic side character.
Overall I had fun reading this book and it is surely a memorable one. I just wish to have read more about Gauri. Also, I wish there were more details in the book to make me envision everything that happened with more clarity. The war and the ending felt rushed.