August 24, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Star-Touched Stories by Roshani Chokshi
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*Published August 7, 2018*
One of my favorite books I got from ALA New Orleans, three beautiful short stories that pull from Indian mythology. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I love stories, legends, myths, and religions from other countries and I love when these stories are told and retold in different ways. So this was a wonderful find for me.
Three shorts stories that are part of a series, which I didn’t realize till after I had finished reading this book, that all delve into the realm of Indian/Hindu religion and myths. Straight off the bat, these stories are all romances and one is LGTQA romance. They are wonderfully written and you don’t need to know what’s going on in the series, in general, to know what these stories are about.
The first short story is about Death and Night, and how they grew to love one another. Death, cursed to lose his love, and Night, destined to always be alone. Together, they are able to overcome what they believe to be their downfall.
The second story does have a little to do with the series these stories come from, but not enough that you have to worry about continuity. This is the story about a poison maiden become human, with her ability to kill at a touch flaring out of control and the spymaster of the kingdom. This poison maiden will do anything to help her friends, and that means overcoming her insecurities about her ability.
The third and final story is about the king and queen, and how the queen refused to give up her husband on the eve of their wedding. It’s about her journey to the afterlife to find her husband and bring him back so that they may marry. On her way, she has to admit to herself things that she had ignored up to now about their relationship.
All three of these stories talk about life, death, and love and how all of these things are interwoven. You can’t really have any of them without the others as well, but in having all of these things, you can experience all that life has to offer you. Yes, it will hurt, yes, you may not want to experience it all, but by embracing all of it, you can learn to love all of it.
I loved these stories for the simple fact that I was able to enjoy them without major context. You just need to know that these characters love one another and will do what they can to either prove it or to achieve it.
What short stories have you enjoyed? Why did you enjoy them? Comment below and let me know!