Friday, August 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi

Title: Star-Touched Stories
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: High Fantasy
Source: St Martin's Press

Three lush and adventurous stories in the Star-Touched world.

Death and Night

He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

Poison and Gold

Now that her wish for a choice has come true, Aasha struggles to control her powers. But when an opportunity to help Queen Gauri and King Vikram's new reign presents itself, she is thrown into the path of the fearsome yet enchanting Spy Mistress. To help her friends, Aasha will have to battle her insecurities and perhaps, along the way, find love.

Rose and Sword

There is a tale whispered in the dark of the Empire of Bharat-Jain. A tale of a bride who loses her bridegroom on the eve of her wedding. But is it a tale or a truth?
Review by Nara

I won't write specific comments for each novella, as I suspect I'll be saying much the same for all three- they all have the absolutely gorgeous writing that Chokshi is known for, and are well rounded novellas that give us more glimpses of the world she has developed. As always, Roshani Chokshi's writing is the highlight of her books.

I had read Death and Night already, when it was released, and I still think that it's my favourite of the three. Reading the novellas just makes me want to go back and read the other books in the series, which I would say is what any good novella should make you want to do.

I would highly recommend reading both The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes before getting started on these stories, because there are some things that may be spoiled somewhat by the novellas. I definitely feel that this collection is for people who are already familiar with the books and want more information about their beloved characters.

Really liked it
Overall: 8/10
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
World Building: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Cover: 3/5