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Summary

This program includes a bonus novella, Death and Night, written by the author.

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom's enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they'll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes - a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn, new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there's nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

©2017 Roshani Choshki (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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This book is the first I've listened to by this author and it just isn't for me. At the beginning I had to check if I'd skipped chapters as I felt as though I was half way through the book. I couldn't visualise the characters, or the world it was set in despite how verbose the author was. The author said a lot, and yet none of it meant anything to me. To be honest I didn't know what was going on. I couldn't connect to either character and gave up trying with six hours left to listen. I've seen pretty much all amazing reviews for this book and am genuinely baffled as to how people have loved it. The plot was paper thin, the world building virtually non existent, and the characters weren't fleshed out. Gauri's sister was mentioned so often that I thought she had to be a main character and kept waiting for her to arrive. I was under the impression that you didn't need to have read the first book to be able to listen to this one, but maybe it would of made more sense to me as I still feel that the book started in the middle of a story.
I've seen this author writing style compared to Laini Taylor's. Seriously?? I genuinely don't get it.

The narrator was ok, her tone of voice was nice, but her character voices weren't distinct enough for me. The main character narratives and the actual story were the same. It all just blurred into one. I'll be asking for a refund on this one.

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  • Ruan Pieterse
  • 12-04-17

Kinda hard to follow but well read.

Very targeted at indian audiences with not a lot of explanations offered. Had a lot of potential.

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  • @ManningT
  • 13-04-17

LOVED!! LOVED!! LOVED!!

A beautiful Coming-of-Age story filled with magic, wonder, love, & redemption and proves good communication & understanding are key to all relationships. Definitely A Tale Worth Telling...and hearing!! Priya was awesome and truly brought the book to life!! Highly Recommend for any fantasy reader!!

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  • Mike
  • 07-08-18

Beautiful imagery and narration

I dont know what I love more! Roshani’s imagery has me craving foods that I have never heard of before. Her unexpected phrases are pure poetry. Then there is Priya’s delivery! I love this whole series so far, and Priya delivers on everyone’s voices along with pace and emotion. Thank you ladies and please don’t stop!

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  • Shilo
  • 06-08-18

Great fun

As I suspected, I liked this one 1000% better than the previous book. The writing was tighter, with less excessively flowery descriptions, for one thing. Mainly, though, I suspect that I was just more drawn to the protagonists -- political enemies, both fighting for their respective thrones, thrown together in a magical tournament of wishes. They bicker and annoy one another, with lots of amusing banter in between the fighting for their lives. Would definitely read this one again. The narrator was also quite excellent.

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  • Susan
  • 11-05-18

Window's 10 app duplicated some chapters

First off I love this book. However I used the apps on the Apple app for my iPhone and the Windows 10 app on my computer. It downloaded fine to my iPhone but somehow when it downloaded on my computer for the app it added 55 duplicated chapters after it ended. I thought not all of the audio book downloaded initially to my phone of additional material but that wasn't the case. I don't know if this was a one time error on the app or is a reoccurrence for others as well.

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  • Liv
  • 15-07-17

Very entertaining!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Unquestionably! Priya Ayyar has great instincts for bringing this type of story to life.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Crown of Wishes?

When Gauri finally encountered her sister and briefly met her brother-in-law before he left them alone for their family reunion.

Which scene was your favorite?

The gift giving policy scene. Gauri and Vikram had very different ideas about how gift giving works, haha!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire scene in the garden Vikram created in Gauri's honor. It was the perfect setting for them to openly and fully declare their feelings for each other.

Any additional comments?

Gauri's run-in with the talking horse and their discussion about being alive and self-hood made me think of Kamala from A Star-Touched Queen in a very smart and funny way. I also liked that Vikram had a pet snake who doubled as a lie detector.
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You could read this one as a stand-alone novel because it's about Maya's sister, Gauri who has a very unique journey and destiny. I enjoyed both novels in this series, although the first novel remains my favorite of the two.

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  • Christina
  • 26-06-17

So Good!

I'm in love with the magic of these books! The author is so amazing!!! I had read the Star Touched Queen, and picked to read A Crown of Wishes without even realizing it was the same author! It was a delightful surprise!!!

Oh! And I LOVE this narrator!