A Crown of Wishes
St. Martin’s Griffin / March 28, 2017 / $18.99 print, $9.99 digital
You don't need to have read Roshani Chokshi's lyrical debut, The Star-Touched Queen, to read its sequel, A Crown of Wishes, but you'll probably kick yourself if you don't—because it's a beautiful introduction to the world that continues to grow in this, her second fantasy release.
Steeped and rooted in Hindu mythology, A Crown of Wishes follows warrior princess Gauri and tactician prince Vikramaditya as they struggle to prove themselves and take back their respective kingdoms—by competing in a tournament where the grand prize is a wish granted.
The first few chapters of A Crown of Wishes might be a little rocky and confusing for some readers, but it doesn’t take Chokshi long to hit her stride, infusing her prose with beautiful world-building and snarky banter as her characters set upon their journey. Though the premise may sound Hunger Games-y, it’s actually a lot more philosophical and fantastical with a good dose of political machinations thrown in. Vikram and Gauri face mythological creatures, moral quandaries and their own fears in pursuit of the winners’ wish—and, oh, a mutual attraction, too! ‘Cause what’s a good quest without romance, right?