Death and Night
He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.
Once again I am in love with Roshani Chokshi's writing. She manages with her words to pluck stars from the sky and pour their magic on pages. The descriptions of the Night Bazaar and divine creatures that visit it are out of a dream images - I felt like I've woken up and found myself in a magical fairy tale walking the streets of the Night Bazaar with the characters.
Death and Night is a prequel story of how Amar and Maya - characters of The Star-touched Queen met for the first time in Maya's
I first heard about this story before I read The Star-Touched Queen, which kind of spoiled it a little bit for me…not really. This is a prequel novel to TSTQ and it revolves around the love story of the immortals Death and Night. I will try my best to avoid spoilers about The Star-Touched Queen, but it will be difficult just because of who this book is about!
What I Liked
Death: I swooned as soon as he ...more
I wanted to spend my life with someone who made eternity too short.
But some of the same problems I had with Chokshi in book one are also present in this novella. While her writing is beautiful it's kind of like Ahdieh's WRATH & ...more
“Record keeping is ruining your eyes.”
“Well, one can hope.”
- The conversation happening between the lord of Death and his counselor Chitragupta after taking away a soul!
Well, this was pre-courting novella for - Lord of Death and Night/Maya - the star-crossed lovers with curse in between. (*We all know now how I feel about romance so I am not gonna exaggerate it but to my patience levels, they were “ ...more
The romance between Death and Night brought me so much joy. They are SOUL FREAKING MATES. They supported each other, believed ...more
The world-building in this story is magical and immersive. I felt as though I was walking the streets of the Night Bazaar alongside the characters, and oh how I wish I ...more
Set before the Star Touched Queen you learn how Amar and Maya first truly meet and how they fall in love with one another. You learn about a few secrets and heartbreak along the way, but joy and understanding and real love between these two amazing characters set in an amazing world.
So let's explore what is going inside on Cactus' mind:
1. I really have this doubt whether I read the ...more
Nothing was more beautiful than a night sky dusted with stars. Nothing was more terrible than a night sky scrawled with a thousand destinies. Night was inevitable. Like me.
Since this was a novella, there isn't a huge amount to say here, other than how much I enjoy this little story and (of course) the writing style. Some may dislike the over-usage of adverbs and flowery speech. But I think that this style completely works for the whimsical mythology which was ...more
We read about both of these characters in "The Star-Touched Queen" but we get to read about how they met, how Death courted Night, and how she loved him. We know what will happen next (I read the first full book and only came back to read this prequel now) but it was great to read about how they came to love one another prior to Night choosing to leave him in order to be re-born. ...more
"I want to lie beside you and know the weight of your dreams. I want to share whole worlds with you and write your name in the stars. I want to measure eternity with your laughter."
Roshani Chokshi has this way of writing that makes me feel like I am reading a beautiful LSD trip. In the land of Naraka there are creatures and immortal beings that run the unseen parts of the world. Death and ...more
Death and Night both wander the world alone, Death in his palace with his faithful friend Gupta and Night in her dream fruit orchards with the beautiful Nritti. When Death hears of the goddess who asks to hear people's dreams in the Night Market and then sees her dancing through the starry sky, he immediately wants her for himself. But she won't accept a partner without love, and ...more
Anyway, I did like this book. I really liked Night and wouldn't have minded more about her. Death didn't interest me as much. But I'd love to know more backstory about Night (pretty please).
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi
Book 0.5 of The Star-Touched Queen series
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads):
Before The Star-Touched Queen there was only Death and Night.
He was Lord of Death, cursed never to love. She was Night incarnate, destined to stay alone. After a chance meeting, they wonder if, perhaps, they could be meant for more. ...more
This novella was included with the audio of The Crown of Wishes, and somehow that made me feel compelled to keep listening even though I would have never picked it up on its own. But, ironically, I enjoyed it much more than I expected to—much more than Maya and Amar’s main book. I loved Maya as Night—-she was a much more compelling character than she was in the original book, actually.
The novella wasn’t perfect. There ...more
Much like the first in the series, the writing is very descriptive and beautiful but suffered from the same fate where it was almosttoomuch. I mean, it's gorgeous, it really is, but even in a shorter ...more
I was incredibly excited when I learned that Death and Night was going to be a released. I absolutely loved both The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes , and I couldn’t wait to read more of the world of the series, and in particular the past of Maya and Amar from The Star-Touched Queen.
I’m entirely unsurprised by the fact that I loved Death and Night. I have loved every single word of Roshani Chokshi’s ...more
Review updated on Thursday, 7/13/17
.•**•Unabridged Audiobook Info•**•.
Narrated by: Priya Ayyar
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Release Date: 05-02-17
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Dual format read – yes or no?: No. Unfortunately, my library e-book loan period ended before I had time to go back and highlight any scenes. Consequently, this was an Audible audiobook listen only for me.
Audible Review Title: “ ...more
The writing is the beautiful prose that I've come to expect from Chokshi, the vivid descriptions ...more
Chokshi's writing is beautiful, as always. The Night Bazaar is one of my favorite settings of all times. I also really liked seeing how Nritti was before (view spoiler)[she became evil (hide spoiler)].
However, I didn't like the many conversations about love. ("Life is too long to be lived without [romantic] love"/"everyone wants [romantic] love"/"not falling in love ...more
I'm really glad I picked up this novella. To be honest , I didn't actually like The Star touched Queen that much mainly because I felt that the romance was forced. I'm not someone who hates insta-love but I'm not a fan of it either...
So reading this was really refreshing!
I loved the romance! This was what should have been there in the first book - the awkwardness , the shyness , the fear , the love!
Maybe there could be a sequel to it where we can see more of their love for each other ...more
Yet imagery does err on redundancy—stars, constellations, glass and stories on the crook of an elbow—and heavy telling: I could not feel Death and Night's love.
Nonetheless, prose hewn from gems and a pretty, if not necessary, novella.