Star-touched stories: tales of love, death and magic.

Star-touched stories by Roshani Chokshi
Series: Star-touched #2.5

Release date: August 7th, 2018
Format: 
Audiobook
Time: 8h57
Published 
by MacMillan Audio
Top 3 Genres: 
Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
My rating: 
Set it on fire/If you have nothing else to read/you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source:
Audiobook provided by MacMillan Audio in exchange for an honest review
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For the ones following me for a while, you may remember my deep love for The Star-touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. This story transported me and I fell in love completely with Roshani’s writing. It is then with great joy that I received from MacMillan audio her latest novel: Star-touched stories. And once again, even if this time it was through short stories, I was carried away in Roshani Chokshi’s world!

WARNING: This review contains spoilers from Star-touched stories and Crown of Wishes!

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?

Death and Night

This first tale was my favorite, of course. It is after all the story of how Amar and Maya (not yet under that name) met! And it was SO GORGEOUS. Lush, full of beauty and poetry and dream. Roshani’s writing just as perfect, awakening so many visions to me. It was everything it should be and more. Death and Night perfectly portrayed, in total accord with who they are in The Star-touched Queen. The beginning of their love was so touching, emotionally speaking. It was pure and sweet, and you could see how deeply they fell for each other. I could re-listen to it over and over again!

« She tasted the way she looked. Like wonder and cold velvet shadows. And hidden paths beneath two dark woods. She tasted like the edge of imagination. Like the shadows of a new idea which chases away your thoughts and leave you lost in dreams. »

Poison and Gold

This was not my favorite story because I could relate a bit less to the main character Aasha but it was still very interesting to learn more about the Vishakanya. This story also complexifies the universe Roshani created by adding LGBTQ+ characters. I always love stories where people let down their barriers and open to love, and this was all about it!

« Of all the human desires and emotions that fascinated her, love was the most mysterious of them all. « 

Rose and Sword

This story starts with a grandmother telling a story to her granddaughter, as her sister is about to marry. We discover this actually continues the tale of Gauri and Vikram while reconnecting is with Maya as well. I won’t say more not to spoil everything, but it was the most touching story of them all. It made me think about what love is, and how life can take so many directions. Another one I know I will listen to again!

« Did they live happily ever after? » This question made her grandmother pause. « They lived, » she said carefully. « Mostly happily. Sometimes furiously. But always gratefully. It is, I think, the best way to spend existence »

Last but not least: the narrator

As I read this book as audio, I have to say a few words on the narrator, Priya Ayyar. She was just PERFECT for the part. Her voice transported me into this Arabian Nights world Roshani created. It was so easy to let her carry you to the Night Bazaar, or Bharata or anywhere else the story lead. It made the discovery of this book so much better! Tales are meant to be told, after all…

See you for a cup!

Elise

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