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Contains an extended excerpt from The Gilded Wolves.
From New York Times bestselling author, Roshani Chokshi, comes Star-Touched Stories: a fantasy collection of three lush and adventurous stories set 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?
Praise for Star-Touched Stories:
"Deftly woven with fantastical elements and Indian mythology, the tales reflect and materialize the characters' internal struggles...Aasha's and Gauri's stories explore complex themes of identity, ambition, love, and loss. Chokshi marries sensuous storytelling with kick-ass protagonists in these feminist romances." - Kirkus Reviews
Praise for A Crown of Wishes:
Named “One of the Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2017” by Entertainment Weekly, Teen Vogue, and Bustle.com
"Careful plotting, multiple viewpoints, high-stakes action, and a slow-burn relationship makes this heady fantasy completely engrossing. A first pick for YA collections."—School Library Journal, starred review
"Chokshi's debut, The Star-Touched Queen (2016), was lush and gorgeously written, and Chokshi has only improved; this lovely companion tale boasts a stronger narrative structure in addition to the delightful prose."—Booklist
"With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges."—Kirkus Reviews
"Chokshi revives the luscious and strange setting of Alaka from The Star-Touched Queen pulling in further elements of Indian folklore for creatures both charming and terrifying."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for The Star-Touched Queen:
New York Times Bestseller
#9 on the Summer 2016 Kids' Indie Next List
Buzzfeed Book of the Year
Paste Magazine Book of the Year
Southern Magazine Book of the Year
Bustle.com Book of the Month
“Chokshi's prose is captivating.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A stunning debut with lush language."—School Library Journal, starred review
"A unique fantasy that is epic myth and beautiful fairy tale combined."—Booklist, starred review
"In Chokshi's prose, voices have substance and texture while light has color and flavor."—NPR.org
"Lush and dizzying."—New York Times Book Review