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What: Death and Night (The Star-Touched Queen #0.5) by Roshani Chokshi

Who: St. Martin’s Griffin

When: May 2nd 2017

How: A copy of this novel was provided by St. Martin’s Press for review via NetGalley.

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. But danger crouches in their paths, and the choices they make will set them on a journey that will span lifetimes.

4cats2I 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 that I have ever read, and I don’t think that will ever change. She is hands down one of my favourite authors, and I cannot wait to read whatever wonderful stories she brings into this world.

One of the reasons why I love The Star-Touched Queen series so much is because of the romance. I love me a good romance, and Chokshi knows how to write them. I fell head over heels for Vikram in A Crown of Wishes, and I adored Maya and Amar as a ship in The Star-Touched Queen. I’m incredibly happy to say that Death and Night didn’t fail me in the romance aspect. I swooned, I sighed, I fell in love with Amar and Night’s love. I was extremely glad that this novella wasn’t a 20 page one, but in fact 115 pages long, because I felt like I really got to know the characters and their feelings.

The beginning was a tad confusing because there’s a lot that Amar doesn’t express about the curse but it was revealed later on, which made up for it. Speaking of Amar, I feel like he was a lot sassier in Death and Night than The Star-Touched Queen, which I liked. It didn’t take away from his moody and broody attitude, which is one of the reasons I liked him so much to begin with, and instead added an extra layer of characterisation.

As with all of Chokshi’s work that I have read the words in Death and Night were lyrical and gorgeous. It was easy to tell the difference between Amar’s POV chapters and Night’s POV chapters, which I always appreciate in multiple POV books, especially when they’re in first person. There was also this lovely storytelling aspect to both of the POVs, which added a really nice touch to it. It felt like Amar and Night were both sitting down and telling me about how they met and fell in love.

Reading Death and Night, and learning so much more about the characters and their pasts immediately made me want to go back and re-read The Star-Touched Queen. Now that I know more I feel like The Star-Touched Queen will be even more beautiful than it was the first time.

Overall, I really enjoyed Death and Night, and if you liked The Star-Touched Queen and want more from the world of the series then I say that you definitely need to get your hands on a copy of this gorgeous novella.

© 2017, Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity. All rights reserved.

trigger warning: death themes, use of ableist language, death of a husband, reference to death via childbirth and at war, absent mother, and ableism in this novel

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Posted on: May 26, 2017 • By: Chiara

10 Responses to Review: Death and Night by Roshani Chokshi

  1. Tasya says:

    I didn’t know this book exists! I’ve still yet to read Crown of Wishes, but I love TSTQ and I can’t watch to read this! <3

    • Chiara says:

      I’m glad to have put you onto it, Tasya! Crown of Wishes was SO lovely, so I definitely recommend it. And this was a really nice prequel story to TSTQ ^.^

  2. Oh my gosh, I didn’t know there was going to be a prequel for this! I’m definitely intrigued. I’m so glad you loved it so much. Thanks for sharing Chiara and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    • Chiara says:

      It’s exciting, right? :D I was super happy because I wanted to know more about the story before what we got to read in TSTQ! Thank you, lovely <3

  3. This book looks so good!! I liked both of her others, so I’ll have to try this! I’m glad you liked it.
    Great review! Also, your blog is gorgeous. *insert heart-eyes emojies*

    • Chiara says:

      Its really good, Lenna! Just as lovely as the authors other two books so if you liked them I think you will definitely like this :)

      Thank you so much!! <3

  4. I am so excited for this! I never tend to read novellas because I find I’m not really interested in them however this one seems so interesting and I loved TSTQ so when it comes out, I’ll try and get my hands on a copy! Thanks for the review Chiara!

    • Chiara says:

      Yay! I am not a big novella fan, either but this one is about 100 pages so it’s actually worth it :D And it gives a lovely back story to The Star-Touched Queen, too. I hope you like it, Anisha! And it’s my pleasure :)

  5. Megan says:

    I’m so so excited for this one. I do need to read her two novels first though! XD
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

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