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Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only 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.
I read Death and Night as a special treat. I wasn’t looking forward to my current reads on that day and decided I needed some of Roshani Chokshi’s magical writing. The novella is a prequel to The Star-Touched Queen (my review).
It’s an #ownvoices story.
It was lovely to be able to spend more time with the main couple, Death and Night, from The Star-Touched Queen. They have other names in the novel. I really enjoyed finding out how they came together and their personalities during that time. It was also wonderful to get to know Nritti and Gupta before the events of The Star-Touched Queen.
Death’s curse is one of the main themes of the story, and it is only revealed to the reader bit by bit. Thus, the reader is able to imagine what the curse could be and who gave him the curse.
Once again, Roshani Chokshi manages to weave the most beautiful words together. The writing is just marvelous. I love how she describes mundane and everyday events as something wonderful, and thus makes me look at those events through a more magical perspective. She has a very lyrical way of using comparisons and opposites.
The worldbuilding is otherworldly. Chokshi has the talent to make Naraka and the Night Bazaar come to life. I was especially in awe of Death’s onyx throne, which always appeared when Death sank into the air to sit down.
I was expecting a very short story, so I was pleasantly surprised that this was quite that short. It’s actually quite a lengthy novella, still something that you can enjoy when you need a break like I did, but you have the chance to immerse yourself in the story, which you don’t always have with shorter stories.
However, there were a few instances of ableist words which I didn’t like.
I absolutely enjoyed Death and Night. It was a beautifully magical story and just what I needed. I recommend it to everyone who is looking for a tale that weaves romance, curses, magic and myth into one.
Have you read Death and Night? Have you read other books by Roshani Chokshi? What do you think of her writing?