Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Publisher: Scholastic

Review

Aru Shah is a Pandava (a reincarnation of the god of thunder); blessed with power and burdened with responsibility. She's wrongly accused of stealing a bow and arrow from Kamadeva, the Hindu god of love. The Council of Guardians, protectors of the universe, grant the Pandavas 10 days to bring back the celestial weapon and clear Aru's name.

The gang of four set off determinedly but find themselves bickering along the way over whose godly power is stronger: Aru is jealous of newcomer Brynne, who singlehandedly defeats an army of heartless zombies. The pair put their differences aside when Mini is kidnapped and placed in a deep sleep by naga (serpents). Racing time, they battle giant crabs, partake in eating contests and get closer to revealing the traitor of the gods.

Packed with humour, wisdom and a satisfyingly twisty plot, this story will take confident readers on a magical journey. It’s fresh and contemporary with the perfect balance of adventure and confident characterisation. It may take initial perseverance to get acquainted with the mythological terminology, but once hooked, the 360-odd pages will fly by and open the door to a whole new world of Indian lore.

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