April 18, 2022

BLOG TOUR: Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality (Pandava Series Book 5) by Roshani Chokshi

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ARU SHAH AND THE NECTAR OF IMMORTALITY by Roshani Chokshi Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:

Title: ARU SHAH AND THE NECTAR OF IMMORTALITY (A Pandava Novel Book 5)

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Pub. Date: April 5, 2022

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 400

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Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents the breathtaking conclusion to Roshani Chokshi's New York Times best-selling Pandava quintet. Will the Sleeper gain immortality or be stopped once and for all?


*"A deeply satisfying conclusion to a superb, groundbreaking series."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The Pandavas only have until the next full moon to stop the Sleeper from gaining access to the nectar of immortality, which will grant him infinite power. But how can Aru, Mini, and Brynne hope to defeat him without their celestial weapons? The Sleeper and his army are already plundering the labyrinth, and the sisters can't even enter. Their quest to get in will have them calling on old friends, meeting new allies, and facing fearsome trials, like...performing in a rock concert? When the moment of confrontation finally arrives, it's up to Aru to decide who deserves immortality, the devas or the asuras. The most unexpected answer will come from a most unexpected place.

More surprises and delights, gods and demons, and laughs and tears await in this immensely satisfying conclusion to the wild ride that began with the lighting of a lamp.



Collect the whole series:

REVIEW of Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality (Pandava Series Book 5) 
by Roshani Chokshi
Rating: 5 Stars
Format: ARC (From Publisher and Rockstar Book Tours)
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents (Disney-Hyperion Books)


It’s been a couple of years, and now the series that opened the Rick Riordan Presents imprint is coming to an end. And what a fitting end to the story it is for Aru Shah and her friends in Roshani Chokshi’s Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality. It’s sad to think that there will be no more adventures for the Potatoes after this book, but maybe we’ll get lucky and they’ll make appearances in future short stories or novels (*fingers crossed*)?


After the explosive and shocking ending of Aru Shah and the City of Gold, the time for the final confrontation between the Pandavas and the Sleeper has come. It’s a race against the clock (and seemingly impossible odds) to see who can get to the nectar of immortality first; if the Pandavas fail, it will mean the end of the world as they know it. Can they stop the Sleeper before it's too late?


I am in awe of how Ms. Chokshi took such a complex and diverse religion like Hinduism (that people are still practicing to this day) and wove it into such a well-crafted, engaging story. I enjoyed learning new things about the culture, and the different stories contained therein (Ms. Chokshi certainly inspired me to do a lot of Googling after reading the Pandava series). The author balances the lighthearted humorous moments with the serious ones well in the book. There’s lots of sibling banter between the Pandavas and some Aru/Aiden moments for fans and shippers (yay!), but there are also very serious moments. One of the most poignant serious moments for me was Aru’s interaction with the Poison Maidens - she remarks that this war “isn’t about gods and humans”, rather it’s about “immortality”. Aru isn’t referencing the type of immortality most think of - you can be immortalized in the thoughts and memories of people who remember you long after your physical body dies. The choice of how one is remembered, and who remembers them is something few get to make, and the Sleeper seeks to make that choice and defy destiny in the same breath.


I don’t think I have a “least favorite character” in this book and series. Sure, there are characters who I didn’t connect to as much as others (i.e Nikita and Sheela) just because they don’t appear in the books for as long. But, every character seemed to have their purpose and a reason for being present. They all contributed to moving the story along meaningfully (even if they were only present for a single chapter). Having the benefit of previously reading Ms. Chokshi’s young adult novels, this element is also present in her Gilded Wolves series and is likely one of the reasons I love reading her books so much. 


Overall, Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality is a fantastic book and a fantastic end to the series. I highly recommend it to those who are looking for diverse children's fantasy and mythology books to introduce to a young reader (or for themselves). I’m also super excited about the small, seemingly Easter egg reference to one of the other Rick Riordan Presents books (you’ll have to read to figure out which one *cue evil laughing*)! I can’t wait to read what Roshani Chokshi writes next, as she only has one adult book announced to the best of my knowledge. (fingers crossed we get some news about the Filipino mythology book she's been hinting at soon!).


Thank you to the author, Disney-Hyperion Books, Rick Riordan Presents, and Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours for providing me with a complimentary review copy of the book. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality immensely. Please note that I voluntarily read and reviewed the book. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way.



About Roshani:

Roshani Chokshi (www.roshanichokshi.com) is the author of the instant New York Times best-selling books in the Pandava series, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and its sequel, Aru Shah and the Song of Death. She also wrote the New York Times best-selling YA books The Star-Touched Queen and The Gilded Wolves. 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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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of ARU SHAH AND THE NECTAR OF IMMORTALITY, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/1/2022

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4/2/2022

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Week Two:

4/3/2022

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4/4/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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4/5/2022

Rajiv's Reviews

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4/6/2022

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4/7/2022

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4/8/2022

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4/9/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

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Week Three:

4/10/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

4/11/2022

Lady Hawkeye

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4/12/2022

@meetcuteromancebooks

IG Spotlight

4/13/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

4/14/2022

Little Red Reads

Review

4/15/2022

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Review/IG Post

4/16/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

Week Four:

4/17/2022

Log Cabin Library

Review

4/18/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

Review/IG Post

4/19/2022

A Backwards Story

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4/20/2022

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Review

4/21/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

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4/22/2022

@drewsim12

Review

4/23/2022

onemused

IG Spotlight

Week Five:

4/24/2022

The Momma Spot

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4/25/2022

wiltedpages

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4/26/2022

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4/27/2022

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4/28/2022

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4/29/2022

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4/30/2022

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