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Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the third book in the Hindu-based, best-selling Pandava series by Roshani Chokshi, in which Aru and her cohorts, Mini, Brynne, and Aiden—and now a pair of twins—each search the Otherworld for Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree.
War between the devas and the demons is imminent, and the Otherworld is on high alert. When intelligence from the human world reveals that the Sleeper is holding a powerful clairvoyant and her sister captive, 14-year-old Aru and her friends launch a search-and-rescue mission. The captives, a pair of twins, turn out to be the newest Pandava sisters, though, according to a prophecy, one sister is not true.
During the celebration of Holi, the heavenly attendants stage a massage PR rebranding campaign to convince everyone that the Pandavas are to be trusted. As much as Aru relishes the attention, she fears that she is destined to bring destruction to her sisters, as the Sleeper has predicted. Aru believes that the only way to prove her reputation is to find the Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree that came out of the Ocean of Milk when it was churned. If she can reach it before the Sleeper, perhaps she can turn everything around with one wish.
Careful what you wish for, Aru . . .
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.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Rock Star Book Tours and Rick Riordan Presents for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Ahhhh I freaking fell in LOVE with this story and I’m so upset with myself for not picking up this series earlier! Seriously it’s like I get scared to read from authors that seriously inspire me because I don’t know what I’m going to do after the story is done. What a weird feeling, but it happens more often than you would think.
Anyway, I already knew that Chokshi was one of my favorite authors and I loved her writing from The Star-Touched Queen, so I already KNEW that I was going to be obsessed with Aru Shah, and I was freaking right! The banter was on point, the story was amazing, all of the characters were just absolutely loveable and strong and I couldn’t help but want to hug them and then smack them for being silly all at the same time. This was just amazing. I’m honestly really glad that this story is in existence because it allows people like me, who have never had the pleasure of learning about Hindu myths and legends, to finally get ourselves educated on the greatness that is this culture. I’m just in love with the myths behind this story, and I find myself looking up the characters and falling more in love with them. Thank you so much Roshani Chokshi for doing this, and for allowing someone like me to appreciate and learn more about the stories that you grew up on.
See what I mean about the banter?
I could see myself being immersed in this group and rolling my eyes at the interactions between Aru and Aiden and the rest of the group. I just felt so warm and happy and so invested in this journey that I’m still not over the fact that this book is over. Thank goodness there is one more book, but then I still need more Aru Shah in my life!
Stay tuned for my more thorough reviews on this novel, and the first two books in May.