PUBLISHER: St. Martins Griffin
DATE PUBLISHED: 26th April 2016
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
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.
This book truly is a journey. The beginning of the book emitted Arabian Nights / Indian folklore feels with the princess being forced from her home and harem to marry someone from a waring kingdom. Right as she is about to end her life for her people Maya gets whisked off with a new husband to a far off and magical land, one she knows nothing about. This is where the story changes and it becomes much more interweaved and the reader needs to allow themselves the time to become fully engrossed in the story being told to fully enjoy it. As Maya finds herself falling for her new mysterious husband there is a sudden betrayal and the remainder of the story is Mayas journey to right her wrongs and find redemption. The prose is lyrical, rich and descriptive and draws the reader in. The character of Maya mixed with Indian mythology was truly captivating and left me transfixed. This book will draw you in for a journey of lyrical story-telling if you let it.
Keep Calm and Read On,