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.
Being a huge fan of A star Touched Queen, I simply could not wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Often times sequels do not live up to their predecessor, but that’s not even remotely the case with this book. A Crown of Wishes was mesmerizing. Beautiful, fluid writing, amazing characters and intense world-building brought this story to life, and now I truly cannot say which book is my favorite.
Gauri and Vikram are stunning characters. They are young and bold, Gauri a warrior and Vikram a prince, both having experienced betrayal, death and loss. With that being said, there is still an innocence to them that I truly adore.
There is no trust between the two characters – Gauri has been held captive by her brother and Vikram has been played by his father, trust is not something either hand over willingly. But, together they enter a contest for one wish. Having never heard of the tournament of wishes, they enter the contest blindly, and quickly learn that they can’t compete alone. Not only are they entered into a contest of unknowns, they are also paired with a known enemy.
I cannot end this review without focusing a little bit more on the writing. It is exquisite! Roshani Chokshi’s use of rich descriptions and perfect word choice casts a magic spell on the reader. Her writing is vibrant and fluid and walks you through a magical realm made up of fantasy and lore. It grips you by the hand as it slowly reveals the depth of the characters, the stunning world and the stories of the people who dare to enter it.
It has to be very obvious that I loved this book!