The Star-touched QueeneBook - 2016
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Maya, a princess of Bharata, has lived her life in the harem of her father’s court. With her mother dead in childbirth, the other wives of the harem should have served as surrogate mothers, but Bharata is ruled by superstition, and Maya is born with a terrible horoscope that foretells death and destruction in her marriage. Shunned as ill-luck, she leads a separate existence, often sneaking into the library, or climbing into the rafters to observe the operations of her father’s throne room. Given her horoscope, she expects never to marry, but the Raja is not a superstitious man, and Maya finds herself sacrificed to a political marriage. Her new husband, Amar, is the Raja of Akaran, an odd little kingdom she has never heard of. Yet it pulls at her memory, as if she had known it in a past life. But Akaran is also full of secrets, and soon Maya begins to suspect those secrets may be dangerous, not just to her, but to all of Bharata.
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Something tugged at me. The pull was far stronger than fear or attraction—it was ambition. The court of Bharata didn’t expect me to be anything other than a pawn. But Amar was asking for more. He wanted my opinions, my thoughts. He wasn’t offering me a prized seat among his wives. He was asking me to rule.
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