Cover Reveal and Excerpt: A CROWN OF WISHES By Roshani Chokshi

Get your first look at A CROWN OF WISHES with this gorgeous cover reveal and excerpt!

Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen only hit bookshelves in late April, but readers are already clamoring for its sequel, A Crown of Wishes. Thankfully, the first look at the sequel, which follows Maya’s sister Gauri through a vicious set of trials to win back her kingdom, just hit Entertainment Weekly!

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When Gauri, the princess of Bharata, is captured by her kingdom’s rivals, she can only find help in Vikram, the cunning prince of an enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with royal life, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. They set aside their differences and team up to compete in the Tournament of Wishes, wherein the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

When we see a stunning cover like that, we want to get reading. Good thing there was an exciting excerpt released as well!

Chapter 1

The guards half-prodded, half-dragged me down the halls. The bruise on my cheek burned. I had to fake a flinch when the punch connected. Violence made the guards feel safe, and I needed them to fall for that lull and lie. One moment. One moment of inattention was all I needed. One moment, and I’d catch their pulse with the tip of a blade. I would have my throne if I had to carve a path of blood and bone to get it back.

On my sister’s life, I swore it.

At the end of the hall, steam curled through the gaps in the door. Almond oil clung to the air. I stalled, my heart racing as I inhaled cautiously. The scent lacked a bitter tang. Not poisonous. I exhaled, my chest unclenching.

About a year ago, a far too clever Ujijain soldier had extracted poison from stonefruits and created a venomous mist that reeked of bitter almonds. When we caught him, I promised him land, title, and a wife to make poisons for us instead. He’d agreed and sold out his small battalion. His twin brother had belonged to that unit. We killed them (and him, but only after he’d written down the mechanics of that poisonous mist).

In private, I had mourned them. Not the loss of life, but the loss of love. A sibling’s bond was made of sinew and starlight. If you severed that soul bond, you severed yourself. So I wept for the man who chose to break himself, and for a bond I thought was unbreakable.

Months after I wept for the brothers, I would weep for myself. For thinking the love I knew would not betray me. It was not a sibling bond. But it was treasured. And though it had no bits of sinew and starlight to keep it together, at least it had secrets and shared experience. I thought it was enough.

We reached the end of the hall. Without thinking I placed a hand on the door. A guard quickly brought down his spear, angling his weapon at my wrist.

“What?” I snapped. “Do you intend to watch me bathe?”

“No. But we will be outside to safeguard the livelihood of your attendant.”

“The water must be very hot.”

“Careful, Princess.”

“Now I’m feeling insulted that you don’t want to watch me. Are you certain?”

“Move,” ordered the guard. He held open the door, not meeting my gaze. “Any sign of distress from the attendant and we will be there.”

I blew them a kiss, grinned when one recoiled, and walked inside.

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A Crown Of Wishes hits shelves on March 28, 2017.

By Molly

Molly is a proud Canadian who is currently attending university in Scotland. She loves to read, write, watch films, and talk about Sarah J. Maas books. If not snuggled up with a book, Molly can usually be found tapping at the dance studio, or writing yet another essay.