October 8, 2021

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Pandava Series Book 3) by Roshani Chokshi

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Pandava Series Book 3) by Roshani Chokshi
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: April 7, 2020
Format: Audiobook
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (Rick Riordan Presents)

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Roshani Chokshi is an amazing writer, and Soneela Nankani is an awesome narrator. Together they bring to life stories from Hindu mythology in a modern-day tale of a group of middle schooler's quest to save the world.

I love the elements of sisterhood in this story and the loyalty that comes out of it. I think this brings a different mood to this series as opposed to some of the other books in this imprint. Bonds of sisterhood operate differently than ties where the sense of purpose comes from duty or a shared dislike (of monsters, growing up, etc.). While the action is at times fast-paced, you also get super invested in each of the characters (like, a future short story where Mini achieves her dream of becoming a doctor would be so cool).

I watched a video a while ago from the imprint's channel where they interviewed Rick, Jen, Roshani, and Yoon. I really liked how they said they look for their heroes to start out flawed, and to have them go on a journey of growth over the course of the book/series. The characters in the Pandava series have all come a long way since the first book, and its been really fun to be along for the ride.

I can't wait for the next book in the series (props to the cover artist - it looks amazing!). 2021 cannot come soon enough.

About the Book

War between the devas and the demons is imminent, and the Otherworld is on high alert. Fourteen-year-old Aru Shah and her friends are sent on a mission to rescue two targets, one of whom is about to utter a prophecy that could mean the difference between victory and defeat. Turns out the targets, a pair of twins, are the newest Pandava sisters, though the prophecy says that one sister is not true.

When the Pandavas fail to prevent the prophecy from reaching the Sleeper's ears, the heavenly attendants ask them to step aside. Aru believes that the only way to put the shine back on their brand is to find the Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree that came out of the Ocean of Milk when it was churned. If she can reach it before the Sleeper, perhaps she can turn everything around with one wish.

Careful what you wish for, Aru . . .

About the Author

Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duology, The Gilded Wolves, and Aru Shah and The End of Time, which was recently optioned for film by Paramount Pictures.

Roshani Chokshi Photo Credit: Aman Sharma

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