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“Did we have a choice? An honest one. A real Choice.”

Who would you be if you had a choice? What would you do?

Early in her life, Sudha's fate was divined to be a lonely, fruitless future of young widowhood. So, it was considered a blessing when she was brought to the Hastinapur harem to become a vishakanya--a weapon, an assassin, a poison maiden whose very touch is toxic.

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Published August 25th 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing
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TheBookSmugglers
We published it so we can't star it! But this is another beautiful story, with gorgeous writing and the incredible cover art by M Sereno. ...more
Phoenix2
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: short stories fantasy
The Vishakanya's Choice was a pretty great short read. Chokshi did an amazing job to create the world, present the main character and finish the story in such a short time. The main story itself was really good, centered around the main character, a female assassin, who was, despite her role, tragic, likable and compelling. Recommended for those who enjoy short stories. ...more
Christine Spoors
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
I loved this short story! I am a huge fan of Chokshi's writing style, and the world-building was brilliant despite it being such a short tale. I really felt like I could imagine the setting in ancient India.

The main character Sudha is a Vishakanya, a poison assassin, and I loved reading about her! I could happily have read a 400 page book about her. I loved that this book introduced me to an aspect of Indian folklore that I had never heard of before!

I really liked the message this short story po
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Vignesh Kumar
I wanted to read this for so long but finally had a chance to finish this short story from my favorite Roshani Chokshi.

Though this is a short story, it's ripe with mythology and her writing is awesome as usual. This is a short story about how we make our own Choices.
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Sue (Hollywood News Source)
“Perhaps Choices spring up when history makes way for them. Perhaps they will grow, like legends upon dead conquerors.”

Roshani Chokshi makes everything glitter and look splendid. I love how she probe the concept, "Choice." This is lush, and beautiful. As you can see this is my first read in a while! This is not exactly a novel, but a short story. Though, it drastically helped in lifting my mood. I'm always here for lyrical writings.
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Jen
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-freebie
I really need a shelf for LeVar Burton Reads Podcast entries. But I digress.

This one was AMAZING. I loved the world, the MC, her sisters, The Choice, all was lovely and colorful and listening to LeVar Burton read this was off the charts amazing.

5, highly recommended, stars.
Pili
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very lyrical and gorgeously written short story about Fate vs Choice and how even when choices seem to be made for us we can still find a way to find our own choices to make.
Kaleb
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
A truly powerful story about a young assassin, her first kill, and the concept of choice as an actual possession. The author's imagery was lovely and the idea of a choice as something you can own is fascinating. I can't wait to see more from her! ...more
Katharina
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-harder-2015
Really interesting ideas and beautiful language. Will definitely check out The Star-Touched Queen. ...more
Cheyene
A charmingly dark short story involving fantastical creatures, a historic emperor, and instant immersion into a complex world (without a ton of introduction). I would love to see this expanded on, as rocky as the first handful of pages were for me.
Maittri
Appreciated the significance of "Choice". And the concept of Vishkanyas has always fascinated me. Not much to the story other than that. ...more
Thomas Ray
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well-written. Uncomfortable.
Pooja Banga
Interesting read
Spoilers-Did we have a choice? An honest one. A real Choice.”

Who would you be if you had a choice? What would you do?

Early in her life, Sudha's fate was divined to be a lonely, fruitless future of young widowhood. So, it was considered a blessing when she was brought to the Hastinapur harem to become a vishakanya--a weapon, an assassin, a poison maiden whose very touch is toxic.

Sudha has never had a choice, has never known anything except the cold beauty of the harem's stone wal
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Sha
May 26, 2017 rated it liked it
*3.5 stars*

POISON WOMEN DOING ASSASSINATIONS! Man, I'd forgotten about this particular legend.

Hindu Mythology is my favourite mythology, and I appreciated how very atmospheric this story was. That said, it was entirely too short, and the worldbuilding concept (choices) was not explained well enough. I realize that the concept of the vishakanya needs to be explained too, but I wanted the Choices to be explained more.

Still, I like it.
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Sheila Goicea
Beautifully thought out

This short story was so beautifully thought out. Making a decision into something tangible, especially in this case, created an intriguing tale of choices, and how valuable they truly are.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novellas
Beautiful, haunting, hopeful. Really loved it. Want more from the author.
Allison
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great, gorgeously written story about Choices (tangible, ownable things here) and, of course, poisonous assassins. Only beef is that it wasn't longer ^__^ ...more
Katie
Definitely didn't get the "Choices" were physical items. That should've been explained sooner.

Otherwise, I liked it, but it is a short story and maybe not worth my 99 cents.
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Chiara
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, read-own-ebook
Chokshi may well become one of my favourite authors.
Belinda
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting. Wish there was more.
Nancy
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
In this short story by Roshani Chokshi, Sudha is a Vishakanya, a poison maiden who is utilized as an assassin in the Middle East. She is forced into this role, for her fates said she would be a young widow, so Sudha is told she will serve her king better in this role. Assigned to kill a rival king, Sudha reluctantly heads to his kingdom to do so, but finds him ill and almost at death's door. He recognizes her purpose and the two come to an agreement of how they both can help one another. I found ...more
Poonkuzhali
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The writing was so MAGICAL. I want more of this world. Roshani is known to captivate your senses and pull you into the book. Even though this is a short story, she did an amazing job. Can we take a moment to appreciate the cover of this book!!! It's one of the most gorgeous covers' I've ever seen. Love it! ...more
Monica Shastri
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.25
I loved the concept .and even though just a short story it holds a deeper meaning than expected.
The power of choice
Soraya
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
“Perhaps Choices spring up when history makes way for them. Perhaps they will grow, like legends upon dead conquerors.”
Zaneta   I'm Fully Booked
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not big on short stories but in my opinion Roshani Chokshi can do no wrong. Not much to say about it, other than repeating what everyone else said already, I would read a full 500 pages set in this world, with this premise. ...more
Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books)
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I had been thinking of reading The Vishakanya’s Choice for quite a while and was quite happy when it fit to one of the prompts for Asian Lit Bingo. I want to make sure I mention that it is a short story, before anything else, because I don’t want you to be surprised when you start reading it and realise it’s not that long.

This book is #ownvoices for South Asian representation.

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I am always very interested in stories about choic
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Gloriamarie
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written, brilliantly told. I ached for the heroine's dilemma. This is a new author whose career I will follow. ...more
Kristel Kristel
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2016
A very quick read (only 27 pages on Kindle). It tells the story of Sudha, an assassin who was sent to kill a powerful emperor. There was no action or love story involved here, but tons of dialogues and metaphors about making choices. I love the lyrical prose and the touch of Indian beliefs on horoscopes. It prepped me for the author's debut fantasy novel (with romance, yay!), THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. ...more
Maisie Dickson(SleepyWiredStudios)
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yass
This was a short story and it was great.
Roshani Chokshi gives a lush, dreamlike tale of a femme fatale who one she killed is summoned back to the Harem for her next assignment.

the words flowed creating the world that felt full and vibrate and I could see in my mind.

loved every second of it.
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Ju Transcendancing
No idea why I didn't record this properly and now I can only guess at the dates - it was December though. I really liked this, it was both sweet and creepy and I really loved the strength of the fundamental underlying promise of choice. Great short, highly recommended. ...more
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Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duolo ...more

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