Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Stars: ★★★★


I hesitated to read this after reading The Storm Runner. However, I wanted an answer to my over-editing versus overdone trope (i.e. the Percy Jackson repetition). After Chokshi’s book, I can say that it’s neither. Unique and endearing, Aru Shah might just be my new favorite demigod. A hard won position as Nico di Angelo has held it (or tied for it with Percy) for years.

Though there’s a prophecy involved, the forces at work aren’t inflicted by the gods. Instead, Aru influences her fate at every turn. A welcome relief from these hero tales where the plot moves the character and not the other way around. Add in an adorable, clever hypochondriac  as well as a sassy pigeon, and this book swept me off my feet.

There were some frustrating moments. Aru is a kid, and she makes mistakes, forgetting to ask some pretty obvious questions along the way, but with the end of time and a growing number of frozen humans on her plate, a bit of forgetting isn’t so bad.

All in all, a wonderful first in a series I’m definitely continuing.


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