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. (Goodreads)
Before this book came out, there was a fair amount of hype surrounding it. This, combined with the summary, review from Sarah J Maas and cover art, I got really excited for it. But.....this ended up being a DNF for me.
I'm not sure if I will finish this book, I kind of want to, so see what happens in the end and because I know its getting a spin off book. However i'm not in any rush.
I actually really liked the beginning, I thought it was strong and really grabbed my attention. The plot felt new and interesting. But as soon as soon as Akaran was introduced, my interest disappeared and I had to force myself to keep reading. The inst-love feelings put me right off. I felt as though there wasn't any character development, from any of the characters, they didn't feel very fleshed out and our main character Maya made such stupid decisions.
I did think the writing was good, it's lyrical and descriptive and Chokshi has good potential, so I think I might buy a book of hers in the future and see what that one is like.