Three More Gorgeous Stories from the Star-Touched World - Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi Review

Friday, August 3, 2018
Star-Touched Stories Review

I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks St. Martin's Press!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

Roshani Chokshi will always be one of my favorite writers. Her writing style is just so uniquely beautiful and sumptuous, and I always come away from one of her books having learned an array of fabulously interesting words. Star-Touched Stories took a bit of easing into because it's been awhile since I've read The Star-Touched Queen or A Crown of Wishes (speaking of that, I really ought to reread them) and I'd forgotten a lot of the world, but once I got resituated, I quickly fell in love with all of the characters again.

Synopsis & Details:

Roshani Chokshi proved herself an author to watch with her young adult fantasy debut, The Star-Touched Queen and companion novel A Crown of Wishes. Debuting at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, her novels received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and appeared read more... on the most buzzed about lists for young adult novels. With Star-Touched Stories (Wednesday Books; August 7, 2018), Chokshi adds to the Star-Touched world in three short stories, re-visiting some fan favorite characters. Exploring what happens after the happily ever after in Chokshi’s Star-Touched novels, her short stories are the perfect read for a taste of beautiful writing with delicious plots.

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?

Title: Star-Touched Stories
Series: The Star-Touched Queen #2.5
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Publication Date: August 7th 2018
Genres: 5/5 stars, Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Death and Night

Maya and Amar have always been my favorite couple from The Star-Touched Queen series (Gauri and Vikram are a very close second though), so getting to see how they fell in love the first time was such a joy—though Death and Night is rather bittersweet, knowing how things play out following the short story's close. As usual Chokshi's alluring descriptions leave me wanting to experience the world she crafted first hand; the desire to stroll through the Night Bazaar, gawk at Naraka's split sky, and snack on one of Night's dream fruits is strong.

Poison and Gold

I didn't really remember Aasha from A Crown of Wishes at all, so I was rather confused for the first fourth of Poison and Gold; however, despite my lapse in memory, Chokshi had me in love with Aasha from the first page. I swear, I have not met a character in Chokshi's books that I have not adored, they are just all so bursting with life and unique character. Speaking of meeting characters, in this short story we get yet another adorable couple that had my heart swooning hard (view spoiler)though I thought Zahril was like in her fifties for a sizable portion of the story, so I was really confused for a hot minute there..... Also a word of warning, do not read this short story on an empty stomach, all the food that Aasha was cooking made me so hungry....

Rose and Sword

In this story we meet some of Gauri and Vikram's descendents and get to see more of their love story from where it left off in Poison and Gold. Rose and Sword was definitely the saddest of the three, well, it'd be more accurately described as bittersweet. While reading I alternated between: swooning, tearing up, and some odd combination of sorrow and euphoria—it was certainly quite the roller coaster. I have to say though, this one is definitely my favorite from Star-Touched Stories, it's just such a touching and heartbreakingly real story about loss and love.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Have you read any of Chokshi's books? What book made you super hungry?
About the Author
Picture of Roshani Chokshi Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen, A Crown of Wishes, and Aru Shah and the End of Time. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.