Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)

Roshani Chokshi
Best-selling author Rick Riordan introduces this adventure by Roshani Chokshi about twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who 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?


Reviewed: 2020-07-06
Fun Middle Grade book! I enjoyed the Hindu mythology a lot more than I expected. Roshani really did a great job of creating these kids characters which felt very realistic in a very unrealistic setting.
Reviewed: 2018-08-25

I am so glad that I picked this one up! I enjoyed Riordan's Percy Jackson series, so when I heard about this line of books, I knew that I had to check it out. Chokshi is a talented writer and I will definitely be looking for more of her works. 

Aru Shah and Mini are great characters. I enjoyed them more together than I probably would have individually. They balance each other out and they each makes the other stronger. I don't know much about Indian mythology, but I feel like this was a great introduction to it. But, I also want to learn more. The quest to the Kingdom of Death was suprising and nothing went as expected. Though the final battle did not end in a permanent solution -death, Aru and Mini did accomplish their overall task. Again something that didn't happen as expected. I am definitely looking forward to more adventures with Aru and Mini,and the rest of the Pandavas. An epic quest to save the world with two leading heroines? Yes please!!!


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