The Friday 56

The Friday 56: The Star-Touched Queen

Hey everyone, happy Friday!

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The idea is to share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading every Friday, to promote the book or simply just to showcase your current read!


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s OK.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple


My pick for this week is an extract from my current read: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi.


After that, time moved far too quickly. All too soon, I was crossing from the grounds to the Raja’s welcoming hall. Any time I wanted to wait, to pause, to touch anything, the guards pulled me forward. Even the sun had renounced me, disappearing behind the clouds and witholding its warmth. A numb furor sucked the air.

Marigolds and roses adorned the entrance to the Raja’s welcoming hall, and bright petals carpeted the path. Inside, the din of men’s voices an the cloying smell of betel nut hit me instantly. Through my veil, I could see the suitors and their attendants. Some stood short, others stretched tall. Some wore crowns of horns, others diadems of gold. All fifteen wore garlands of red carnations.

The lyrical language of this book is lovely when used well, but sadly I’m not enjoying it as much as I’d hoped.  The plot is relatively simple and I’m just not engaged. I do like the world though and I’ve got about 80 pages to go so hopefully it’ll pick up for a dramatic ending.


8 thoughts on “The Friday 56: The Star-Touched Queen

  1. The writing in this book really is beautiful! I loved this book and it’s too bad that you’re not enjoying it as much as you hoped you would.

  2. I felt a little dismayed by TSTQ at first because it took me FOREVER to get into, but I feel like it gets better in the middle. I hope you enjoy it, but I do understand that TSTQ is one of those hit or miss books. 😦

    1. Yes, this was exactly me! The writing and plot just didn’t draw me in at the beginning. I definitely enjoyed the ending more, but I still felt the plot and pacing could have been much improved. I’ve heard the sequel is better though, so I’ll definitely be picking that one up at some point in the coming months. (Plus, I’m shallow and want both the beautiful covers on my shelf 😉 )

  3. I had issues with the plot for this debut, but Chokshi’s writing was so beautiful. I’ve heard amazing things about the second novel, so I’m really looking forward to reading it. Thank you so much, Kate, for being an amazing Comment Challenge partner. I loved talking with you all month long 💞

    1. Yes, that’s how I feel too! The plot was too simple for my liking and the pacing too erratic, but I loved the use of culture and the writing was so lyrical. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel too as I’ve heard people say it’s better than the first book. Aww, no, thank YOU for being so lovely to chat to on these posts and for brightening my day with your comments! You’ve certainly helped make my month even better! 🙂

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