Published by Rick Riordan Presents on April 5, 2022
Series: Pandava #5
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade, mythology
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
Also in this series: Aru Shah and the City of Gold
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?
*"Chokshi spins a fantastical narrative that seamlessly intertwines Hindu cosmology and folklore, feminism, and witty dialogue for an uproarious novel."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review of Aru Shah and the End of Time)
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:Rick Riordan Presents: Aru Shah and the End of Time (Book 1)Rick Riordan Presents: Aru Shah and the Song of Death (Book 2)Rick Riordan Presents: Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes (Book 3)Rick Riordan Presents: Aru Shah and the City of Gold (Book 4)
Note: This is the fifth book in a series that should be read in order. There may be spoilers for the first three books in this series in this review.
Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality is the fifth and final book in the middle grade fantasy series, called the Pandava series, by Roshani Chokshi. The Aru Shah series is the third book series I have read from the mythology based book imprint- Rick Riordan presents, and I have to say that all of the books published under this imprint have been fantastic. If you are a fan of the Percy Jackson series, then you you will love the Pandava series. Each of the books is full of fantastic characters, wonderful world building and magic and a storyline that will grab a hold of your attention and not let you free from its’ grasp. I could not put this book, and this series down! This series features Hindu Mythology, which I loved because I do not know many of the stories from Hindu Mythology, and I was very excited to learn some more.
Just like in the past four books in the series, Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality picks up where the previous book left off- on a cliffhanger! Our main characters are at a very low point because they feel like they are weaponless and defenseless, with no clear path to defeat the Sleeper. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, just like I have loved all the other books in the series. Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality is everything I want a conclusion to an adventure series to be. This group of characters are so easy to root for, and It was fantastic to see them all come together and dig down deep within themselves to keep on persevering. I obviously can’t get too much into the specifics of the plot because this story is full of spoilers since each book builds upon the last, but there are plenty of highs and lows in this final installment and the ending was pure perfection!
If you are a fan of fantasy and mythology, the Pandava series is a must read, regardless of your age. This series is perfect for readers young and old alike! I am so hopeful that we will get to see more in this world. Though this series wraps up in a satisfying way, it also seems like there is a sliver of an opening for future stories in this world…and I am here for it! I want more! What a fantastic series Pandava has been! One of the best middle grade fantasy series I have ever read!
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