Thursday, March 9, 2017

Roshani Chokshi returns with the magical Tournament of Wishes in "A Crown of Wishes"

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.

 Gauri lost her sister and her kingdom. Her brother has traded her as a prisoner and she knows she is about to die. Vikram is the adopted son of the king, but he knows that the royalty are just pawns to the council, figureheads to look good. Vikram refuses to be a figurehead, and wants to be a real king, so when he recieves an invite to the Tournament of Wishes, he decides Gauri is the person to help him win. Gauri wishes to win back her kingdom as Vikram wishes to be an actual king, so they both set off to compete in the Tournmane of Wishes, which is unlike anything they have ever seen before. They travel to an unknown lands through a magical black market and eventually compete in a tournament that has the most unexpected challenges. 

I throughly enjoyed the Star Touched Queen with Maya and was excited to read the story of Maya's sister Gauri, that she had to leave behind. I feel like the story played out well and ended well. A must read!

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