Goodreads: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
This is a very unique (and confusing) retelling of Hades and Persephone. Unfortunately about 90% of the book was descriptions, and there was awkward instalove.
The first third of the book is introducing you to the bland characters, the middle third is about a magical tapestry and reincarnation, and the last third has a talking flesh-eating horse… So weird, and so boring.
There was SO MUCH potential, but sadly, it all fell flat for me. Did I mention it was confusing? This was beyond confusing because all the description and not enough story.
This reminded me a lot of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which is probably another reason why I hated this.