Book Review: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

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Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess.

Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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First and for all, I would like to inform my dear readers the fact that I have included in my review of The Star Touched Queen some of the things that are quite general for the whole series. To make this review short and not redundant, I decided to just state only the things that I have observed in the second book of the series. If you want to read my review of the first book, click here.


“THE LORD OF WEALTH AND TREASURES CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THE TOURNAMENT OF WISHES.”

All Vikram wants for his throne is the freedom to rule, not as the council’s puppet, but as an emperor who makes his own choices. So when he was invited to the Tournament of Wishes, he dutifully accepts.

But a wish is a very dangerous thing.
Together with his partner, Gauri, the prisoner of Ujijain, princess of Bharata, they find their way to solve the secrets of the magical realm of the Otherworld in the persuit of a wish.

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  • This novel is so deliciously written that I can feel magic seeping through my veins as I read. I know I have mentioned this before but good heavens if I don’t mention it again. I really love how the author has molded this masterpiece into something so uniquely hers.

  • The leads were each given a chance to speak their minds out. It is interesting that the author spoke Gauri and Aasha’s point of views in the first person while Vikram’s in the third. I love how this diversity shaped how one should perceive the whole novel.
  • Each character has their own sense of humor. I love how this novel never bore me and made me laugh my heart out. I love the play with words especially when things get a little bit dense.

  • It is like an Indian version of Spirited Away. I haven’t mentioned this before but both of Roshani’s novel takes me to a world similar to Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away. It is purely magical and enticing that you can’t get your eyes off it.
  • The craftsmanship of each tale and riddle gives the story a soul in which one can devour in. I adore how the stories were written like poetry. It gives the story more depth and the magical world more color.
  • Second book syndrome. I hate to compare books to be honest but A Crown of Wishes didn’t exceed my expectations as to compare with the first book, The Star Touched Queen, hence, my 4 star rating. I have loved the latter so much, making me go through one of my worst book hangovers ever. Well, that is aside from The Court of Mist and Fury though. It may not have been the best book of the series but I enjoyed the novel nevertheless.

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I will not say much since I everything is stated in my review. I really recommend this series especially to those who just finished reading some of Sarah J. Maas’ novels and had the worst hangover ever. It really helps, trust me. (Winks)

Till my next review guys!

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