Review: Aru Shah and the Song of Death
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 30th, 2019
Series: The Pandava Quartet
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.
What I Liked
This is a great follow-up to "Aru Shah and the End of Time." Aru has a fantastic, fun voice, and her interactions with Mini and Brynne are oftentimes hilarious. The chapter titles will make you laugh out loud, with such gems as "New Demon, Who Dis?" and "But Real Talk, Where Are the Cookies?" The folklore is woven along for people who are unfamiliar with it, and even if you have no idea any of the mythology, you are able to keep up with it.
What I Would Have Liked to See
The beginning was a little clunky in places so the reader could be caught up with the events of the last book. This is hard to do, but I wish it had been a little smoother.
The antagonist! No spoilers, but the antagonist's motivations and past make you say, "You know what, I'd be mad, too." The antagonist not being a black-and-white evil villain was refreshing. I love villains that you kind of root for!
When Aru and her friends are falsely accused of stealing a magical weapon, they have to recover the weapon and find the real thief, or lose their Pandava heritage and powers--and their memories of one another--forever.
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review. All thoughts are my own!