Category: Teen Fiction
Synopsis: (Goodreads) 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.
Review: This is one of the most interesting and up and down books I have read in a life time. I loved it for the most part but I did find it a little hard to get through. There was just so much happening it took me over a week to finish. It’s not a light read that is for sure.
Maya is our main character here who lives in a Haram as one of the many daughters of the Raja. She is cursed because her horoscope says so and this causes people to treat her differently. She is forced to make a horrible decision with her life and when the time comes get rescued by Amar, an interesting and handsome stranger. Than taken to Akaran her new life begins. It is full of secrets, magic, death and heartache. Due do the decisions she makes there she has to safe herself as well as the people she loves in ways you could never imagine than kill her enemy. Can you kill someone who is already dead?
It is based on Indian folklore and it is a beautifully told story. It’s rich with description and I could imagine myself in these places with Maya. There is love, and a lot of death and blood. It’s not a faint for the heart read. It deals with things like reincarnation and life choices. There really isn’t much sex but it hints at it for sure. It’s more about deep, everlasting love.
My only complaint is how heavy it was. It took forever to get through but honestly I would probably read it again. I also like the fact it’s a stand alone…it’s nice to read those once in a while without having to wait for new books in a year…or years.
If you like fantasy and retold stories this book is for you. Plus look at that cover, it’s amazing and one of the best ones I have seen this year. I can’t wait to see what else this author is going to come out with as this is her first novel.