I listened to a good amount of this book on my phone and for the first audio book I’ve listened to, it was great. I loved the women who was voicing it and even though it started about 50 pages in (because it was a sampler), I’d definitely recommend listening to this book!
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, 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.
I read this book in less than a day and omg it was so good. The day that I’m writing this has been a day basically just consisting of reading and I’m a little burnt out so if this review seems lacking, that’s probably why.
I really did like the main character Maya and even though her family situation kind of sucked, I really liked reading about the princess life for her. I could see myself being friends with someone like her because she fights for what she wants and she is a strong leader. Even though she gets a lot of crap and is put into terrible situations, Maya is able to find beauty in everything and I really loved reading about a strong female character. She also isn’t quick to trust anyone and I really appreciated that because some books that I’ve read about princesses have made them placid and accepting of anything.
The character Amar was someone who I really loved reading about because he was so complex and I never really knew where I stood in regards to him until the end. I didn’t like how he did certain things and I still don’t completely understand but I’m really things ended the way that they did.
I know that there is a second book to this series but at this point, I’m not sure if I’m going to read it. I feel like this book ended so nicely that I don’t really want to read much else, even if the characters are different. I gave the excerpt in the back of the book a try and it just didn’t hook me so who knows.
I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy and strong female characters because those are the two main focuses of this book. I think I’ll probably be lending this book out in the future because it really is worth the read.