Sixteen year old Maya has grown up being blamed for her mother dying during childbirth. When Maya was born her horoscope stated that she would bring nothing but death so all throughout her life she has been treated as a pariah and blamed for all bad things. Raised by the women of her father’s harem she’s never been close to anyone.
Now with the threat of an upcoming war Maya’s father has decided to put Maya up for marriage and do away with her horoscope in order to save the kingdom. Little does Maya know her father really has other plans for her. As things fall apart in the kingdom Maya finds herself whisked off to another land.
The Star-Touched Queen starts off rather well and for the first several chapters I thought I was going to really enjoy this read. Unfortunately things fell apart for me about a third of the way through. I think the biggest problem I had was the complete lack of world/plot building. Things just seem to happen all throughout without much explanation of what is going on which ended up being very confusing.
Maya is also not a very likable character as the read goes on. In the beginning she’s described as someone who sounds like she’s going to be really strong and one to root for as she overcomes her situation but what I found as the story went along was I rarely noticed her ever actually make a decision for herself. She really just tends to follow along with each situation and the other characters which was somewhat of a let down.
By the second part of this book I was really a bit lost after some things happening in the first. But to top that off the book just goes into plain weirdness with the events in the second half. I think it’s best to say while I enjoy a good fantasy made up world I’d prefer it be explained as to how or why things are happening and they don’t just pop up.
Overall, couldn’t really get into this book and not really one I’d recommend. The MC seemed weak and the world lacked enough explanation for me to enjoy this more.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.