Vikram is the prince of Ujijain. Problem is, he isn’t blood related to the king; adopted into the royal family, Vikram is royalty in all ways but name. The council have yet to approve of his claim to the throne even though Vikram has completed each task they set before him. But his chance comes in the form of an invitation to the Tournament of Wishes. However, Vikram cannot enter alone but must choose a partner. Who will he choose?
Gauri is the beloved princess of Bharata, but ever since she tried to raise a coup against her brother she has been cast out. Now a prisoner of Ujijain, she is to be executed publicly as a statement. She is saved in the form of Vikram’s invitation to join him in the Tournament of Wishes. But first they have to find their way into another, more mystical world, full of strange dangers and magic. But Gauri doesn’t believe in magic, not since magic stole her sister Maya from her.The pair must reconcile their differences and work together to win the Tournament of Wishes. But to do so they will need to overcome demon fruit, their own fears, desires, a serpent king, and sirens who want to steal their souls. If they win, Vikram can finally claim his right to the throne and Gauri can overthrow her brother. But there are prices to be paid…are they willing to pay them? And will they come out the same as they went into the tournament?
A Crown of Wishes is both a sequel and a separate story from Roshani Chokshi’s previous novel, The Star-Touched Queen. While there are references and mentions that relate to it’s predecessor, A Crown of Wishes is it’s own story, but still rich in the magic and details of Chokshi’s previous work. The prose remains as poetic as ever, but the story is different enough to make the reader believe it is altogether a different tale.
The only thing that truly bothered me about the novel was the switching of perspectives. I believe I’ve mentioned before my dislike of first person told stories. While each chapter switches perspective between characters, Gauri’s chapters are told in first person while Vikram’s are in third. I cannot reason why this is the case, but I personally found it detracts from the story; I would much rather it be all first or all third. Other than that, it is still a lovely story and I recommend it for those that loved The Star-Touched Queen.
My rating: 4/5