Book Review: Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
Rating: 5 Stars
Series: Pandava Quintet
Length: 304 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good.

But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone.

Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.

In Aru Shah and the Song of Death, Aru is finally home after saving the world from the end of time. She remembers when she saw someone outside holding something that didn’t appear to belong to them. It pretty much felt like something was wrong. Aru finds out that the God of Love’s bow and arrow has been stolen and everyone is looking at her because she has been spotted with it. Aru meets with Mini and is introduced to Brynne, another Pandava Sister, and Aiden, a friend from school. Along with the help of her friends, they convince the gods that it was not them who stole the bow and arrow, but someone else. In return, they are put on a quest to retrieve the bow and arrow or face being kicked out of the Otherworld. Having no choice, they set out on the quest to retrieve the bow and arrow that has been the cause of recent trouble.

While the first book only had Aru and Mini, it was really nice to have more characters added in the second book of the series. We are introduced to Brynne, who we learn is another Pandava Sister who happens to be strong and really loves food. She may or may not crash your kitchen if you cook something poorly though. Aiden, on the other hand, does not have a soul of one of the Pandava Brothers, but does have Otherworld connections. Aiden also has a super cool camera that I would love to have. He is never really seen without it and definitely has the works to become a photographer.

You know how everyone wishes that in a series, the second book would be better than the first? I feel like that is completely true here. Nothing felt any different from the first book and the characters had even more development. Both Brynne and Aiden added new points in the story and added more humor and continues to make the story even more enjoyable. Aiden even learns quickly to follow along Mini’s “this happens and we die!” thing. I kind of got the sense everyone would become really good friends by the end.

The whole concept of the bow and arrow, the soul song, and how it is all connected with the recent events is interesting. It was something I did not expect to be associated with just a bow and arrow coming from the God of Love. I guess in way, it shows more and adds more to the story. I really liked reading about it. I am also glad that some events did not go the way it normally would have seemed. It took a different path and that felt right with the story.

Roshani Chokshi is really doing great with Aru Shah’s stories and I am really enjoying reading them all. We are only almost half way through the quintet and I am already wanting to read the next book, which is only next year. Knowing how this novel ended and what’s coming next, I believe the next will even be better. I wonder what the next Pandava Sister will be like, if she makes an appearance.

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