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?
I received a copy of Star-Touched Stories from NetGalley. The moment I saw that a new book from Roshani Chokshi was available for request, I knew that I wanted to request it. Side-note: if you haven’t read her books, they are so good. The descriptions are intricate and the characters are so nuanced!
The stories are #ownvoices.
Star-Touched Stories is a collection of three short stories, all of them are connected to The Star-Touched Queen series.
Roshani Chokshi doesn’t disappoint with her lyrical descriptions. As usual, her writing is poetic and magical. There are so many beautifully-written sentences in this book.
I had read Death and Night before, and as with the first time of reading it, I really enjoyed this story. It’s a fascinating love story, spanning over the years and around the theme of reincarnation.
As those of you who read my review of A Crown of Wishes know, one of my favourite characters was Aasha. I was delighted when I realised that one of the stories would be featuring her as a main character. I’m always intrigued by spy characters, especially those who invest time in honing their craft. Poison and Gold spun an elaborate web of connections between the Aasha and the Spy Mistress, and I couldn’t stop reading it.
Rose and Sword was a wonderful sequel to A Crown of Wishes. At the beginning, I wasn’t sure who the narrator was and how they were related to previous characters. I love how Roshani Chokshi wrote such a detailed story within the short story frame.
There is some ableism and some aro-erasure in the stories.
If you enjoyed The Star-Touched Queen and_or A Crown of Wishes, I recommend that you read this short story collection. If you enjoy short fantasy stories and haven’t read the previous books, then do give this book a try as well. You don’t need to have read the previous books, to read this one.
Trigger warnings: aro-erasure, ableism.
Are you planning to read Star-Touched Stories? Have you read any of Roshani Chokshi’s other books? If yes, how did you like them?