Aru Shah and the City of Gold: Review & Giveaway

April 21, 2021 Giveaways (Ended), Reviews 5 ★★★★½

Aru Shah and the City of Gold: Review & Giveaway

Aru Shah and the City of Gold: Review & GiveawayAru Shah and the City of Gold by Roshani Chokshi
Series: Pandava #4
Published by Rick Riordan Presents on April 6, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Retellings
Pages: 400
Source: Blog Tour
My content rating: MG (Some MG-level violence)
My rating:
4.5 Stars

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?

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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.***

Grab the first 3 books in the series!

Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1)
Aru Shah and the Song of Death (A Pandava Novel Book 2)
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (A Pandava Novel Book 3)

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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3 winners will receive a finished copy of ARU SHAH AND THE CITY OF GOLD, US Only.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:
4/1/2021 A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt/Spotlight
4/2/2021 Lisa-Queen of Random – Excerpt/Spotlight

Week Two:
4/5/2021 BookHounds Ya – Excerpt/Spotlight
4/6/2021 For the Love of KidLit – Excerpt/Spotlight
4/7/2021 Kait Plus Books – Review
4/8/2021 onemused – Spotlight
4/9/2021 Midnightbooklover – Review

Week Three:
4/12/2021 Emelie’s Books – Review
4/13/2021 What A Nerd Girl Says – Review
4/14/2021 Little Red Reads – Review
4/15/2021 PopTheButterfly – Review
4/16/2021 Amani’s Reviews – Review

Week Four:
4/19/2021 Moonlight Rendezvous – Review
4/20/2021 booksaremagictoo – Review
4/21/2021 Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review
4/22/2021 The Momma Spot – Review
4/23/2021 I’m Shelfish – Review

Week Five:
4/26/2021 Book Briefs – Review
4/27/2021 Confessions of a YA Reader – Review
4/28/2021 The Book Nut : A Book Lovers Guide – Review
4/29/2021 The Book Dutchesses – Review
4/30/2021 Two Points of Interest – Review

 

 

5 Responses to “Aru Shah and the City of Gold: Review & Giveaway”

  1. Natalie Aguirre

    I haven’t started this series yet, but it sounds like a really fantastic one to begin even though I have a ways to catch up in the series. Glad you’re enjoying the series so much.

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