The Star-Touched Queen series, book 1
Description (taken from Rochani Chokshi's website):
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.
Maya has been doomed with a fate that no one wants near them. She grows up with her sisters and step-mothers, the first all betrothed and the second loathsome. They don't want her around because all she brings is death. But when her father makes a bargain no one expects, Maya finds herself in the middle of a plot to bring peace. But is peace easily won?
After following Amar to his kingdom, Maya finds out that nothing is at it seems. The stories she used to tell her sister are suddenly more than just stories. And while Amar wants her by his side as an equal, Maya finds secrets holding her trust back. Who can she trust when no one tells her the truth?
This story is so enticing. It's cleverly written and ties together so well. I was in love with it until I realized there were only twenty pages left. I didn't think this story could come up with a good conclusion in just twenty pages. Maybe I wanted more, or maybe I felt like my head was thrown back to reality too soon. But the ending was disappointing to me. I wanted a clever ending to fit the rest of the story, but I didn't get it. However it doesn't stop me from loving this little story.
I'm glad I picked this book up. And it's a series. I'll have to pick up the next one...