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 don’t have the words to describe the beauty of this book I’m happy and surprised to have already found one of my favorite books of the year. The writing is what makes it amazing the writing is just so good, I annotated this and I liked it even more then I otherwise would have because that caused me to pay more attention. I haven’t been this satisfied with a book in a while I have a few quibbles but it’s mostly what I was expecting and after turning the last page it left me feeling happy and content. It has just about everything I love in a book there’s magic, a good villain and it has well paced romance. The best thing of all is Maya she’s riddled with insecurities that feel real and makes big mistakes but owns up to them. The heat of the story is her finding herself it’s lovely and my very favorite kind of story.
I have to talk about Kamila I had heard her mentioned in so many reviews that I was surprised when she didn’t came in until the last half of the book. Even though she wasn’t in it long she made in impression I wish there had been more of her I just loved her so much all of her lines are spectacular. I wish I could talk about the other two female characters but it’s hard to without spoiling anything all I’ll say is that they were developed very well and so was each of their relationships with Maya. The friendships were just as meaningful as the romantic relationship that made me happy as does being able to say that this passes the Betchdel test.