Not quite a sequel, but more of a companion volume to 'Star Touched Queen'. Crown of Wishes follows the fortunes of Gauri the jewel of Bharata, Maya's younger sister, and Vikram, an orphan turned prince. Called to a tournament of magic, they intend to win their heart's wish, little realising that it may be each other.
Okay I loved Star Touched Queen, so when I saw this on Netgalley, I immediatly hit the request button. As lushly written as the first book, Crown of Wishes has several things that elevate past that novel.
The characters, Gauri and Vikram are wonderfully vibrant creations, full of flaws and desires, guilt and greatness. I loved each of their interactions, and I laughed more than once at their dialogue. Gauri is a strong character, without suffering from Strong Female Character Syndrome tm . Vikram is amazing, witty and brave, even though he is a pampered prince. I loved both of them.
The setting is vibrant and full of wonder. I wish I could write like this.
The plot stands up a little more than Star Touched Queen, it has a purpose and a journey. We also get hints of Maya and Amar, but not so much that any anyone just reading this book would feel they had missed something.
Roshani Chokshi is rapidly becoming a fave of mine, I would probably read a set of DIY instructions for pleasure if she wrote them. Crown of Wishes is a great read, and I heartily and thoroughly recommend.