[Review] Star-Touched Stories

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Title: Star-Touched Stories
Series: Star-Touched Stories #2.5
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: August 7, 2018
Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

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?
FOREWORD - This book can most certainly be read as a standalone. According to an answer found on the Goodreads page, one of the stories is related to The Star-Touched Queen. That, however, does not need to be read in order to read this book.

This review will be broken up into four paragraphs. The first three will be focused on each of the stories found in the book with the fourth as the overall thoughts.

Death and Night. Holy hell what a beautifully-written piece. This story is poetic, imaginative, and wonderfully done. The created world is absolutely stunning and I could not put it down. When I first opened the book, I gobbled up this story that day on my commute to work. Night and Death are well-rounded characters and their story just made me swoon hardcore. I loved it.

Poison and Gold. This story was a bit harder to get into after having read the first story of Death and Night. After several pages, things got better and I found myself invested in Aasha's story and her character. Aasha is unique in her own, beautiful way. I thought the story itself was a bit too short and I would have loved to read more.

Rose and Sword. Definitely not as good as the others. This one had me a bit bored and uninterested. While the characters were familiar because of the Poison and Gold story that came before it, I just had no interest in their story. It should have been touching considering the events playing out, but it wasn't. It just didn't do it for me.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. Death and Night's story certainly was the spectacle of it, though. In all honesty, it felt like all of Ms. Chokshi's beautifully lyrical words went fully into Death and Night's story because as the book went on, things got less and less interesting and I found myself a bit bored. I really wish there was more for Death and Night and Poison and Gold. These two stories were interesting enough to warrant my want for a book continuing their lives. I must say that at the beginning, I had no intention to read The Star-Touched Queen, but if it's written like Death and Night, I will certainly consider it.

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