Saving the multiverse is no game in this New York Times bestseller!
When the Demon Queen shows up in her bedroom, smelling of acid and surrounded by evil-looking bees, twelve-year-old Kiranmala is uninterested. After all, it's been weeks since she last heard from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternate dimension where she was born as an Indian princess. But after a call to action over an interdimensional television station and a visit with some all-seeing birds, Kiran decides that she has to once again return to her homeland, where society is fraying, a terrible game show reigns supreme, and friends and foes alike are in danger. Everyone is running scared or imprisoned following the enactment of sudden and unfair rules of law.
However, things are a lot less clear than the last time she was in the Kingdom Beyond. Kiran must once again solve riddles and battle her evil Serpent King father -- all while figuring out who her true friends are, and what it really means to be a hero.
About the Author
Sayantani DasGupta is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed, Bengali folktale and string theory-inspired Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond books, the first of which -- The Serpent’s Secret -- was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year, a Booklist Best Middle Grade Novel of the 21st Century, and an EB White Read Aloud Honor Book. Sayantani is a pediatrician by training, but now teaches at Columbia University. When she's not writing or reading, Sayantani spends time watching cooking shows with her trilingual children and protecting her black Labrador retriever Khushi from the many things that scare him, including plastic bags. She is a team member of We Need Diverse Books, and can be found online at sayantanidasgupta.com and on Twitter at @sayantani16.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond Series #2) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The story revolves around the Indian culture and mythology, with many of the creatures straight out of Bengali folktales. For those not familiar with the culture, some of the reference to Indian food, clothing, and monsters may be confusing as they lack adequate description. The cute black and white illustrations scattered throughout the story help the readers visualize some characters and events, but there needed to be more of them. Although it is exciting to have an Indian heroine, the story may be frustrating to follow for those unfamiliar with the customs. A drawback to this book is that none of the characters talk like normal people, and much of the dialogue is childish. Some creatures talk in rhymes and riddles, which is fun. However, the characters continually use name calling throughout the story, which adds to the childish tone. For example, someone calls the Serpent King a “scummy snake” and a “pooper-scooper.” Even the Demon Queen’s and the Serpent King’s dialogue make them seem more like whiny children rather than strong adults. As Kiranmala travels through the Kingdom Beyond, she considers the nature of good and evil. Through her experiences, she learns that being human or a rakkosh doesn’t define you; instead, it is how people act that makes them good or evil. Throughout the story, Kiranmala worries that she will become evil like her father. A professor tells her, “No one turns good or evil by magic. That’s not how it works. You become evil when you choose to act against your conscience again and again. Being good or evil is about the decisions you make each and every day. It’s not something that just happens to you. Read more at Sneak Peek Book Reviews.
“Princess Demon Slayer? No one had called me that before, but I kind of liked it.” Kiranmala, dubbed by the Kingdom Beyond as Princess Demon Slayer, is their only hope while the multiverse hangs in balance in the second installment of Kiranmala And The Kingdom Beyond. Following The Serpent’s Secret, Kiranmala feels all the more distant and forgotten as none of her pals from the Kingdom Beyond seem to be keeping contact with her as promised. All the while Kiranmala struggles to comprehend her ever-increasing feelings for the crown prince Neelkamal, she is repeatedly visited by his mother, who is urgently requesting her to return to the Kingdom Beyond. After catching up on some intergalactic television, Kiranmala stumbles upon Neel’s brother, Lal, who pleads her to assume the title as Princess Demon Slayer in the reality game show, “Who Wants To Be A Demon Slayer?” This game show is all the rage in both the worlds, the Kingdom Beyond and the Kingdom of Serpents. “Who Wants To Be A Demon Slayer?” was created as a deal between the Kingdom Beyond and the Kingdom of Serpents. The Raja of the Kingdom Beyond holds possession of the Poroshmoni Stone, and if the winner of the show is from the Kingdom Beyond, they will be granted the accompanying stone, the Chintamoni Stone, currently in the possession of the Serpent King. However, if the winner is from the Kingdom of Serpents, then the Raja must surrender his stone to them. Having these jewels paired together grants longevity, prosperity, and skies raining gold for the kingdom with both jewels. The competitors of the game show will have to face a series of tests and ultimately have to end up slaying a rakkosh. The rakkosh are currently imprisoned below the ocean under lock and key. Kiranmala is reluctantly taken to the Kingdom Beyond and forced to enter the competition. She notices nothing is the same as before. Propaganda posters of her and Lal slaying malevolent rakkosh are plastered all over the streets. Kiranmala is displeased with being known as a killer; she has never actually had the intention to take the life of any creature. These posters also insinuate the idea of a brewing romance between Kiranmala and Lal, yet another pickle layered on top of this predicament of being pawns in her vicious father, the Serpent King’s fishy game show. To make matters worse, Kiranmala figures out that Neel is in grave danger, and to her misfortune, he doesn’t want to be saved. Nevertheless, winning the game show is the only way she will have a chance at saving Neel, reuniting the stones, returning to New Jersey, and most importantly, preventing her birth father from attaining the stones and wreaking havoc on the Kingdom Beyond. However, Kiranmala isn’t without help on this mission of a lifetime. Her friends, old and new, are here to help her execute this daring plan. Game of Stars is the second book in the fantasy fiction series written by Sayantani Dasgupta and is a must-read for middle to upper elementary children and above. It certainly deserves a rating of five stars, if not more. In my opinion, this book made me appreciate the series and its characters even more. Princess Kiranmala is a dynamic character throughout the story, and this book gave a beautiful expansion of her character, showing us the feisty fighter she really is. I got to experience her emotions at a greater depth and understood her highs and lows so much, that I started relating to her and feeling what she went through the entire sto