Aru Shah And The End Of Time by Roshani Chokshi (Pandava Quartet #1)
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents (Disney Hyperion)
Release Date: March 27, 2018
Summary: 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?
My Thoughts: Aru Shah And The End Of Time is a beautifully written and magical tale! Filled with adventure, weaved in with Indian Mythology and folklore, and themes of family, and friendship, Chokshi’s middle grade novel is a must read!
Roshani Chokshi is easily one of my favorite authors! I adored her Star-Touched Queen duology and when I heard about her venture to middle grade, I put Aru Shah on my TBR right away!
This novel follows Aru Shah as she spends her break in the Museum Of Indian Art And Culture, which her mother runs.
Aru has a habit of telling tall tales, so when 3 of her classmates make an unexpected visit, she finds that the only thing she can do is prove her classmates wrong by showing them the Lamp Of Bharata.
Legend has it that if the lamp is lit, Sleeper (a demon) will be awoken and bring an end to time.
Aru’s mother has told her its to never be lit, but Aru believes that having it lit just once won’t bring any harm.
Aru then finds time itself is frozen and she’s now on a quest to reverse it, with the help of a new friend and a deity transformed as a pigeon named Boo.
Chokshi’s writing is superb! She blends fantasy and modern day in such a great way! I also loved the humor she weaved all throughout the book!
The 3rd person POV allows you to get an such expansive view at the magic, mythology, characters, and brilliant world that Chokshi has forged.
The characters are all wonderfully developed, you get so much about them from such few lines.
Aru is such a brave heroine and I loved her so much!!
Hindu mythology and folklore are at the heart of this novel and the magic finds its way into each page. There’s also a huge emphasis on friendship and family which is explored so incredibly well.
I also really loved how Chokshi explored the idea of fate and destiny through the quest Aru Shah undergoes as she tries to save the world!!
Its just so great to see diverse fantasy representation in middle grade! And through the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, its awesome there’ll be more series following various cultural mythologies!!
The novel not only features Aru Shah who is Indian-American, but also her friend Mini who is 1/2 Indian and Filipino.
Aru herself, goes through so much from the fear of what lighting the lamp has done to her world, to the tests she faces to prepare herself for the awakened Sleeper.
She is a determined, comical, and delightful character. I adored her so much and loved following her journey.
The story is just filled with action, adventure, mystery, and so much more!!
I suppose my only minor issue is that at points the plot did get a bit slow for me.
When I reached the end of Aru Shah, I was so ready to read what happens next!! I can’t wait to read what happens next on her journey in: Aru Shah And The Song Of Death!
Aru Shah And The End Of Time takes you on a heroic fantasy adventure that keeps you turning the page! Featuring Indian mythology, themes of fate, destiny, family, and friendship, through a dazzling writing style, Chokshi’s debut into middle grade is not one to miss!