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.
Arabian Nights magic. That’s the first thing I thought of with this book. It was the same atmosphere, but also this identical sense of a quest, though here the author took from the Indian lore to build her story. I loved each page of this book, full of poetry and emotions. Love, loss, betray, friendship, they were all here, under different forms. This book was so deep in its story building, I was caught up from the first page and could not let go. I was also glad it was not a new series but really a book you can read by itself!
Maya was such a great character, we could see her change and evolve from the girl she was at the beginning. Embracing who she was and her destiny, and choosing love above all. There really was a mythological aspect to this story, this tale, and as I am a big fan of myths, I had to love it too!
And Amar… Amar is so different from the cliche of the love interests we usually find. Of course, he had secrets; of course, he was more than he said, but he also was so sure of his love, so tender with Maya, I loved him on the page of his first appearance I think. Plus he has the best quotes in the book 😉
Another character worth mentioning: Kamala, the demon horse, adding some craziness and humor to this book, but also proving to be Maya’s best companion!
I can only recommend this book, for all the lovers of magic, foreign folklores, and the stars…
See you for a cup!