Series: Pandava #4
Also in this series: Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality
Published by Rick Riordan Presents on April 6, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Retellings
Source: Blog Tour
My content rating: MG (Some MG-level violence)
Aru Shah and her sisters--including one who also claims to be the Sleeper's daughter--must find their mentors Hanuman and Urvashi in Lanka, the city of gold, before war breaks out between the devas and asuras.
Aru has just made a wish on the tree of wishes, but she can't remember what it was. She's pretty sure she didn't wish for a new sister, one who looks strangely familiar and claims to be the Sleeper's daughter, like her.
Aru also isn't sure she still wants to fight on behalf of the devas in the war against the Sleeper and his demon army. The gods have been too devious up to now. Case in point: Kubera, ruler of the city of gold, promises to give the Pandavas two powerful weapons, but only if they win his trials. If they lose, they won't stand a chance against the Sleeper's troops, which will soon march on Lanka to take over the Otherworld.
Aru's biggest question, though, is why every adult she has loved and trusted so far has failed her. Will she come to peace with what they've done before she has to wage the battle of her life?
Another exciting installment in the Pandava Series! In this book, Aru and her friends are joined by Kara, who Aru discovers is the Sleeper’s other daughter. Family and friendship loyalties are stretched to their limits in this book, as the gang struggles to know who they can count on. Not only do they have to decide if Kara deserves their trust (after all, she was basically raised by the Sleeper), but they’re also dealing with revelations about Boo that challenge everything they ever believed about him—and challenge their belief in themselves as well. The gang has to figure out how to trust themselves enough to make it through (yet another) series of challenges in order to get a weapon that will help them fight the Sleeper. And, of course, both Aru and (especially) Kara are feeling torn about the Sleeper in general since he’s their dad.
As with the past books, this one includes characters from many ancient Hindu tales (and some of those characters recount their original stories for the gang). The battles with gods and goddesses are quite epic, and the pacing is perfect. I was a little surprised by what seemed like a somewhat drawn-out conclusion (there’s a time-skip at the end of the book), but then it all makes sense when some game-changing revelations occur that will change relationships in the book forever. Can’t wait for the conclusion to this series to come out next year!!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
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About the Author
Roshani Chokshi (www.roshanichokshi.com) is the author of the instant New York Times best-selling books in the Pandava series, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and its sequel, Aru Shah and the Song of Death. She also wrote the New York Times best-selling YA books The Star-Touched Queen and The Gilded Wolves. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. The Pandava novels were inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani’s all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in the south and says “y’all,” but she doesn’t really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.
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