Aru Shah and the End of Time (A Pandava Novel Book 1) (Pandava Series)
Author Roshani Chokshi.
Published by Rick Riordan Presents, March 27, 2018
Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she’ll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. Is it any wonder that Aru makes up stories about being royalty, traveling to Paris, and having a chauffeur?
One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.
But lighting the lamp has dire consequences. She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them.
The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?
A Decidedly Non-literary Review
A story in which Aru lit the lamp which froze the world, released the Sleeper and must enter the Kingdom of Death to right the wrong.
“Aru discovers she is a Pandava, born with the soul of one of the five brothers featured in the Mahabharata. She also has a soul sister, Mini, to assist her in this quest—highly unusual for a Pandava. Aru and Mini must enter the Kingdom of Death to find out the secret that will destroy the Sleeper.” ~ School Library Journal
Since I’m rather passionate about books and reading, I often purchase books for my grandchildren for special occasions. This was for my granddaughter’s birthday and it was an excellent choice. I’ll admit that my initial choice was based on the stunning cover art, pre-teen female heroines, and the recommendation from Rick Riordan.
A wonderful fantasy based on Indian mythology and Hindu culture, with a flavor of some of the Disney stories including animals who can talk, this is a fun adventure story about a 12-year-old girl who messed up by telling a lie to her school friends. To try to wiggle her way out of being caught in the lie, she lit a ‘cursed’ lamp at the museum where her archeologist mother worked and released a demon known as “the Sleeper” causing time to STOP!
The story is exciting and fast-paced with complete descriptions to immerse the reader in the story providing a feeling that you can see and hear the diverse and interesting characters. Intense yet funny with strong young female characters.
A birthday gift to be proud of -this was a hit!