Book Review: Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Title: Aru Shah and the Song of Deah

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Hardcover

When the god of love’s arrow goes missing, Aru Shah is somehow accused of being the thief. Whoever stole the arrow is using it to turn men into heartless zombies, raising an army for who knows what purpose. Desperate to clear her name before she and Mini are banished from the Otherworld, Aru must team up with Brynne and Aidan on a quest to find the arrow of love and clear their names. But, is anything what it seems and does anyone tell the truth?

This was a great addition to the Pandava series. Aru continues to grow as a character as she discovers new things about herself as a person and as a Pandava sibling. I love her relationship with Mini. I also like the way Mini is slowly coming into herself. She’s definitely less scared and insecure than she was in the first novel, and is gaining more confidence in her abilities and her place in the world.

The new characters were a little harder to love. Brynne is definitely prickly and hard on the outside, but I appreciate the depth she has. She’s definitely not a one-dimensional character that she appeared to be at the beginning.

Aiden was an interesting character, too. He was pretty easy-going and laid back, but had hidden depths that made him not quite what he appeared. I also like that he, like Aru, is a bit of a geek. In fact, one thing I really liked about this book in general was all the little pop culture references sprinkled throughout. Sometimes, they almost went by me and then I’d suddenly realize what I’d just read. It was great.

I highly enjoyed this book and thought it was just as good as the first. The characters continue to grow and expand in interesting ways, I love learning more stories from Indian culture, and the plots are exciting and well done. I’m just sorry I have to wait so long for the next one.