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02 April 2016

Sound Clip Saturday: The Star-Touched Queen

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, earning her only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits than the wealthy suitors her sisters are after, Maya’s whole world is torn apart when her father 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 (who she barely knows), 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.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology, Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no listener will soon forget. Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook, read by Priya Ayyar:

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