Aru Shah and the Song of Death (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Pandava Series #2)

Aru Shah and the Song of Death (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Pandava Series #2)

by Roshani Chokshi

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The second in four books about a 12-year-old girl named Aru Shah and her journey to find her Pandava sisters in order to restore order to the world and save the mother she loves. Including a bonus scene exclusive for B&N customers.

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents best-selling author Roshani Chokshi and her sequel to Aru Shah and the End of Time. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781368052030
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Series: Pandava Series , #2
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 8,343
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Roshani Chokshi ( is the author of the instant New York Times best-selling first book in the Pandava series, Aru Shah and the End of Time. She also wrote the New York Times best-selling YA book The Star-Touched Queen, and its companion, A Crown of Wishes. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. The Pandava novels were inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani's all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in the south and says "y'all," but she doesn't really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.

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Aru Shah and the Song of Death (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Pandava Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
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Hopping_Mad410 6 months ago
I really enjoyed this installment of the series. It still has that whimsical tone of early Percy Jackson books (lots of kid slang and silly titles) but this book takes on more serious tones of: self love, truths, and family. The "villain" is a fantastic add, however I did find the very last chapter a bit jarring (but I got an ARC so maybe they will change it) I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Cannot wait for the next one!
Take_Me_AwayPH 7 months ago
I really admire Rick Riordan for letting everyone tell their own culture's mythological stories. I love Riordan, but there's no way he could have produced Aru and made her as spunky, funny, and so epically cool and gotten her culture correct (as she knows it) as Chokshi did. Aru Shah and Mini thought they'd have a break from quests since they just fulfilled one. Of course not. Now the god of love's bow and arrow has been stolen and Aru and Mini must return it to its rightful owners. Or they're kicked out of the Otherworld. But this time, they have more to worry about than just each other. This time they're adding two more people to the quest, Brynne who wants to fight anything and everything and Aiden the boy who lives across the street. The characters of this were my favorite part! Of course I love Aru and Mini, but Aiden is really cool and Brynne took a bit for me to warm up to, but she definitely grew on me. I love their personalities and how they all brought something to the quest. None of them were being dragged along and I liked that they all carried their weight. There were a couple times I worried about a couple of them, but they certainly made up for it. And the way they all interacted together made this book for me. There were multiple times where I found myself laughing out loud. All of them worked so well together and I'm excited to see what happens in Aru, #3. The only thing I didn't care for was the ending. There is something happening NON-STOP in this book, but when it gets to the end it feels like a really abrupt STOP. Like the weather in Texas. Pouring one minute and then 5 minutes later, the sun is out. It just seemed weird to end it so quickly. As usual I didn't find anything wrong with Chokshi's writing style. It was so easy to follow and it kept me so into the story. The only thing was I felt like it was a bit long. Like maybe it was a bit drawn out. I'm not sure if it was just me wanting to finish it or if it actually was, but I felt like I was reading it for a long time. In actuality it was only 5 days. Normally I can read a MG novel of this size in half that time. I wasn't busier than normal, but it still took awhile for me to read it all. I can't wait to get Aru #3. I'm not sure I can wait to see what the new characters at the end of this one were talking about. And the new title sounds like it will be a lot of trouble lol Aru Shah is my favorite series from this imprint and I can't wait to see what other fun they have in store!
Gabrielle Hyde 7 months ago
I received an ARC of this novel from Disney Book Group through NetGalley in exchange for a review. Before reading this, I have also read the first novel in the series "Aru Shah and the End of Time". All thoughts and opinions are my own. In this continuation of the "Pandava" series, the reader follows Aru as she and her soul-sister Mini must team up with another soul-sister, Brynne, and Brynne's friend Aiden to find a stolen bow and arrow that is causing men to become Heartless. The result if they don't find it in time? They will be forever banished from the Otherworld and be stripped of their god powers, forced to live in the human world with no memories of who they were. This second installment to the "Pandava" series was absolutely brilliant. The writing and humor was identical to "Aru Shah and the End of Time", and I found myself being so easily wrapped up with Aru and her sisters even though I had limited knowledge of Hindy mythology. The best part about both of these books is that, just like with Rick Riordan's novels, the mythology isn't too confusing for a reader. Each story that is brought up is clear and organized well within the story. Each battle scene is both intense and hilarious, a balance that I did not think would be possible to do, but Roshani Chokshi found a way to do it and do it flawlessly. There is a slight romance developing in the story, and by slight, I mean VERY slight. Aru, at 12 years old and nearly 13, is starting to grow up and see things in ways she didn't before, and that includes BOYS. While the romantic interest here is not fully delved into, I found it better for the story that way. Aru is more focused on finding the bow and arrow than anything else, but the fact that she is capable of developing romantic feelings at this age is not lost, despite how much Aru may deny them. This is an interesting predicament, because it almost seems like the story could have no romantic interest at all, but how would that make Aru look? Would she be less of a real pre-teen girl if she didn't develop some kind of mortal feelings that balances her god-like abilities? I believe it would, considering the fact that she was just recently thrown into being a demi-god, and she is still so young. I remember being 12 years old and absolutely smitten with a boy, when I had no idea what that meant or how relationships worked or that boys at that age were dumb, Aru has to be able to learn those things too at some point, so I feel that the romantic interest seed being placed in this story is important. The future books can help feed that idea and the reader can see how she blossoms within that perspective. While some of the characters in this story were a little harder to warm up to at first, by the end of the novel, I found myself more and more excited for what is to come with the Pandavas, as things have now started to take an even darker turn that they already had in the first book. The characters all have their own wit and spunkiness that fills up the story in a way that makes it more enjoyable despite the heavy air that sits around them on every page. Roshani finds ways to make personalities clash, and do so with such humor that I found delightful in "Aru Shah and the End of Time", and is still just as delightful in "The Song of Death".
Anonymous 8 months ago
Aru Shah and the Song of Death really made my weekend fun. Swooned to its characters (both old & new) and stanning Roshani Chokshi for making a vast complex Hindu Mythology quite compelling. When I read Aru Shah and the End of Time a year ago, it was like getting a fresh breathe, a new perspective to the brand of fiction kids and adult alike all love,. It is a middle grade adventure fantasy that is “blessed by the Gods” tp be a starter to the great line up of Rick Riordan Presents. Both the 1st and 2nd book of Pandava Quartet are as unique and as great to any rick riordan brand of mythology. the diverse character not only represent its culture, (or cultures) ,the people of color, the mytholgy vastly different and comples to the Greeks or Romans we’ve used to read ( or see on movies). Not leaving any spoilers but Song of Death filled with reference on pop culture, indian folklore, and hindi mythlore will surely make you finish the book in one sitting (like I did) or make you pause after few chapter or so to internalize them. It will surely worthy of weekend spent curled up in bed reading (like i did). I surely will blab about it to librarian acquitances , friends whp are readers, parents i know who could give this excellent book as a gift to their kids. Stoked for Tree of Wishes! (Aka Aru Shah 3) and definitely going to stay updated to proposed movie Paramount would like to create from this modern retelling of epic and still living mythology. hope you enjoy aru, mini (and her filipino/indian family) , brynne, and adrian as miuch as i did - apolo patron
Anonymous 8 months ago
I liked this book because it just flowed with the first. Also I have been very addicted to Rick roidan and this book was a change form his stial in how he writes. But I loved the book. KEEP IT UP PLEASE.
Suzanne Costner 8 months ago
Shades of The Lightning Thief make the sequel to Aru Shah and the End of Time seem very familiar. Aru is accused of stealing the bow and arrow of the god of love and will have to prove she didn’t do it. Her quest to find the real thief and prove her own innocence takes her into danger with two new companions, as well as her friend and fellow Pandava, Mini. Escapades in the Midnight Bazaar are just the beginning as they try to clear Aru’s name . The Indian mythology the series is inspired by mixes well with the characters and action. The modern setting of Aru Shah and its juxtaposition with the bazaars and other traditional locales holds the reader’s interest. Recommended for fans of Percy Jackson, Magnus Chase, the Trials of Apollo, and other mythology-based stories.
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bookchelle 9 months ago
Aru Shah and the Song of Death is an extremely fun follow up to End of Time. I had a great time reading this one! Let me tell you why. First, there is something to be said about reading Middle Grade books. They don’t have the emotional turmoil of teenage angst, AND the main characters are fearless. I mean, if I had to face ancient gods, I hope I would also be the same. Aru and Mini are back, as the spunky and heroic pandavas. This time, they’ve added two additional characters that are pretty fierce in their own right: Brynne and Aiden. The stakes are a bit higher, the adventure just as deadly, and with another looming deadline. This time? It’s not just the world they’re saving, it’s also their fate as the chosen ones. I love Aru and Mini already. I think that their dynamic together is one perfect for this age group. And while they’ve really connected and made that partnership something strong, Roshani decided to throw another two in the mix. But Brynne and Aiden’s relationship is just as strong! It was really fun to see how the progression of these four turned out. I won’t talk about specifics, because of spoilers, but MAN THAT PART AND UGH MY FEELINGS. Roshani’s writing can adapt. I’ve read her previous books, and no matter what, I can connect to them. The humor within the pages of this book are so like Roshani in person, but it also made me feel like it was me in Aru’s shoes. What I appreciate most about this story is the discussion of family and friends. We don’t always have a perfect and loving family. We don’t always have a great support system. But, when you find your group and you make them your own? Well, what Aru has? That’s what I love the most. *Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*
marongm8 9 months ago
Our patrons really enjoyed the first installment of the Pandava series and when we heard about the next book, we could not wait to get started reading. I can definitely say if you are a fan of the first book, you'll become an even bigger fan of Aru Shah and the Song of Death. The plot was so invigoratingly captivating that we could not put the book down and Aru Shah takes more of the heroine role in this novel as she did in the first one. We can not wait to recommend this book and we know that our youth patrons and patrons of all ages will love it. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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