Title: Aru Shah and the End of Time
Author: Roshani Chokshi
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.