Aru Shah and the City of Gold
by Roshani Choksi
This review is about the book ‘Aru Shah and the City of Gold’ by Roshani Choksi. This book came out a few months earlier this year, and this is a fabulous addition to the Aru Shah series. This series is out of the world. It’s frickin amazing!!!!
Aru Shah has been kidnapped by the Sleeper (the nastiest villain who wants to take over the world, a.k.a Aru’s father) and now she is in for a huge surprise. Because apparently, she isn’t the only daughter of the Sleeper. Meet Kara, the Sleeper’s other daughter, who is supposedly Aru’s sister, and she wants to help the Pandavas defeat the Sleeper. But can they trust her? That remains to be seen…
First, they have to go to Lanka, the city of gold, to convince Kubera, Lanka’s king and god of, well, gold, to give them his powerful army, his secret ultimate weapon, and return their deva friends Hanuman and Urvashi. But for all this, Kubera gives them three quests. They have to succeed in all of these to win his favour, and that too before the Sleeper’s army arrives. Can Aru and her sisters and friends succeed, survive unexpected betrayals, and meet friends old and new and not die? Because the answers aren’t always in plain sight….
This is awesome. This is the fourth book in the Aru Shah series, and the fifth (and final) book will come out next year, in 2022. I’m so excited!!! I love the Aru Shah series, because a) It’s really funny! b) It’s on Indian mythology (I’m an Indian) c) It’s amazingly interesting! So I really, really love it!! This was one of the best books in the series, and the bombshell about the Sleeper’s other daughter was really shocking. It had amazing character development and obviously the author HAD to end it at a cliff-hanger. My favourite characters where probably Aru, Mini and Rudy. The characters are also relatable (not that I’m a reincarnated Pandava, hehe) but you can totally put yourselves in the character’s shoes and feel right at home. There are a lot of stories and characters from Indian mythology which I didn’t know of, and this book told their stories too in a short and engaging way. I hope that a movie is made of this series, and that they do a good job of it. This is a ‘Rick Riordan Presents’ book series which basically means that ‘Rick Riordan Presents’ is a publishing branch which publishes amazing book series based on mythology of various cultures. It’s safe to say that Aru Shah is one of my favourite book series. I recommend this for ages 9+/10+. (Read the first book, Aru Shah and the End of Time, before continuing with the series) IT’S GREAT!!!!
This book deserves 5 stars!!!