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.
I love the cover. Shame that’s not the way I feel about this book.
Unfortunately, I really didn’t find myself liking this one. That’s such a shame because I had heard a lot of good stuff about this book with people raving about how awesome and beautiful it was, but nope. To me, this book felt like one big purple-prose mess. The writing wasn’t all bad, except when it started to go off into metaphors and similes that made no sense AT ALL. And often the writing was getting so “whimsical” that it kind of felt like it was drifting away from the point.
This book had promise. It started off and I was like “oooo yaaas, I can get into this” and then about five pages later I was like ?? nope. It went off in a completely different direction that I wasn’t expecting. The world building was so freaking poor. Honestly. And the whole “magic” thing didn’t seem well fleshed out either. It was basically a whole mash up of concepts randomly shoved in at points and you’d be like ?? didn’t realise it was that kind of book. And you know, sometimes this works – books surprise you. But here, as I said in my opening, this just felt MESSY. It’s like the book couldn’t really decide what it wanted to be, but it knew that it wanted to be *epic* and *different*. I mean it achieved those things but in entirely different ways . . .
Also the characters. Could they have a little bit more personality?? Backstory??? ANYTHING????? If the talking horse did land up eating them all I wouldn’t have been mad. That would have been the best plot twist ever.
So now after writing my review I think I was too generous in my two star . . . down we go to one . . .