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Roshani Chokshi is a magical storyteller, and that continues to be evident in every story she writes. This series of stories are novellas that tell you of mini adventures that people have in the world she has created for her characters, and while you may not enjoy all of them, you should still be dazzled by the level of artistry in her writing. I certainly am.
I will be focusing on just one of the three stories, which impressed me the most - Death and Night. This combined a lot of great elements that I enjoy seeing in romance books, including tests of love, outcast characters, and mythology. In this novella, the two main characters are beings of the Otherworld, one of whom rules over death and the other heralds night. One day Death realizes that he is lonely and needs a queen, and he decides upon a being who lives largely in the human world and is reviled by many in the Otherworld. But there is one problem - he refuses to love his queen and Night won't accept anything less than love in her marriage. Thus ensues a test of sorts, and as Death fulfills each request, he discovers that love will not be silenced, no matter how much you try to ignore it.
The beauty of this story was really in the description of the world and its beings, as each character is colorful and reflective of a world that only appears in our dreams. I enjoyed reading about how the human world interacted with the Otherworld as well, especially where Night was concerned. She creates dreams for people, which sometimes become nightmares, and her existence is solitary by nature. Her few friends love her, but they can do little about the superstition surrounding her. Death was a refreshing change for Night, who expected him to feel disgust for her and instead he was intrigued by her. When she put to him the three requests and he slowly fulfilled each one, I could practically see Night's smiling face in front of me. For each gift was a show of love, even if Death didn't realize it.
I can't wait to continue reading Roshani's stories in the series! They are a joy to read for all ages, and I highly recommend each one.
**I received a free book via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**
About the Author
Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A CROWN OF WISHES. Her middle grade debut, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME, released April 3, 2018 from Disney/Rick Riordan Presents. Her next young adult novel, THE GILDED WOLVES, is slated for Winter 2019. Chokshi's work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. She was a finalist in the 2016 Andre Norton Award and the Locus Top Ten for Best First Novel. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.