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Aru Shah and the Song of Death

(Pandava Quartet #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  4,408 ratings  ·  667 reviews
Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love's bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn't playing Cupid. Instead, they're turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren't bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn't find the arrow by the next ...more
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Published April 30th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents
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Is it just me or does that creature look like the crab from Moana who is obsessed with shiny things (but like with Maui's hook thing)?? I love this cover though.
Ashley Nuckles
I don’t know what more to say other than HECK YES! I absolutely loved this second installment in the series and can’t wait to pick up book three! Aru is so snarky, and between her and the new characters introduced, Brynne and Adrian (and obviously the beloved Mini), there’s so much adventure and so many hilarious golden moments!
"The song of death was like ice creeping across a windowpane, and a warning shout unleashed a second too late, and water closing over your head, and the silent chime of a moment that has been forgotten forever. It was impossible and painful and, ultimately, inevitable."


Oh, how I love this colorful, heartwarming middle-grade series.

Aru Shah and the Song of Death is the second book in the Pandava Quartet, and a wonderful sequel to Aru Shah and the End of Time. I can't say a lot about this secon
Alexandra Elend Wolf
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, middle-grade
3.5 stars

"The song of death was like ice creeping across a windowpane, and a warning shout unleashed too late, and the silent chime of a moment that has been forgotten forever. It was impossible, painful, and ultimately, inevitable."

After reading Aru Shah and the End of Time last year and enjoying it deeply I was more than excited to get my hands into this one.

Interestingly enough, the story resumes a very short time after we left Aru the last time. I thought this was gonna spend some y
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Rating : 5 STARS!

I’m doing my happy dance. I can’t. stop.

I loved this so much. Literally. So. Much.

RTC so much to say ! So much to love ! Plus I’m too busy singing and dancing with glee.

vvv THEBEST vvv [the instant the first WORD to this lyric was said, I think I died of happiness. After singing it through, of course. Three times. One of my favorite parts of Mulan😊]

We must be...
Swift as the coursing river,
With all the Force of a great typhoon ,
With all the Strength of a raging fire ;
Jude: The Epic Reader
I think I liked this one better than the first one but mostly because of the addition to the cast. I can't wait to see who gets added to the next book!
I’ve been so excited to read this sequel since I finished the first book a couple of weeks ago. It was such fun and I completely fell in love with the characters and I’ve been waiting to know what happens to them next, and this book was just as spectacular.

While the previous book gave us an introduction to this world of reincarnated Pandavas and prophecies and the Otherworld, we get to go deeper into it in this one. The plot is slightly different this time around, because the characters are more
rachel ☾
#1) Aru Shah and the End of Time ★★★★★

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

Cory Marie
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Roshani Chokshi can really do it all. The humor in this is so on point, and even though there was some pretty stressful action scenes, this wonderful book was so full of perfectly woven mythologies and endearing friendships. “Rick Riordan Presents” books are a gift to readers everywhere, and I can’t wait to get my hands on even more of these beautifully diverse stories!!
Not too much to say here except that this was fun ride with Aru. I think that Chokshi did a great job with the adventure story-line while still giving a fun flavor to old stories that Aru, Mimi and the newest additions have heard about. We also had a great set-up into the next book as well.

'Aru Shah and the Song of Death" has soul sisters Aru and Mimi trying to track down a thief who stole the god of Love's bow and arrow. Coming across someone that they believe stole it, Aru and Mimi come across
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!


1. Aru Shah and the End of Time – 4/5

If I thought that the first book was good, I was blown away by this one!

It picks up, roughly, where the first book leaves off. There are slight spoilers for that ending, but not for the general plot of the first book.

After Mini and Aru go through their first adventure after finding out they’re reincarnations of the Pandava brothers (this time, Pandava sisters!) they discover the third one of their bunch. Brynne. A
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Copy received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Aru Shah fights Otherworld monsters and saves the day again - this time, without the Spider-man pajamas. Now with double the friends!

I liked the second installment in the Pandava Quartet, but only after I embraced all the modern-day meme references and general wackiness that was most of the dialogue. Aru Shah and the Song of Death is a good sequel, but you have to get into the fact that this book is childish since it's aimed at childr
Total fun. Since book one already introduced the idea that Aru and Mini are essentially reincarnations/manifestations of two of the Pandava brothers, I was already comfortable with Roshani Chokshi's myth-based world. And since I had also read child's versions of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana at least 20 times each, many of the gods, demigods, rakshasas and other beings were familiar.
This time, we have two more kids along for a new quest. The story picks up shortly after book one, and it's ag
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great sequel to an already great first book and I'm officially in love with this series. I loved all the characters, the story was full of adventures and I personally found the jokes to be very funny. So this book was all kinds of awesome and I can't wait to read the next one!
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
May 5, 2020: This book is perfection and not just because it gives me a middle-grade fiction woven with Hindu myths & legends that I have grown up reading or listening but because it is written in a way that the young audience and a vast majority of adults too can easily see important themes like body shaming, bashing gender stereotypes, accepting pronouns that an individual chooses, and bullying from a right lens. Full review to come!

This book counts for Asian Readathon [featuring an Asian char
Jenny Baker
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series. It's so much fun! Great audiobook narration. It's a shame this series is so underrated. I highly recommend it!
Queen Cronut
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arcs, netgalley
Wow, this book was so much fun to read- I liked it a lot more than the first book.

In the second installment of the Pandava Quartet, Aru Shah and the Song of Death, we get more character development, mythology that is beautifully portrayed and of course, humor.

While I liked Aru and Mini in the first book, they grew on me in this book as through their character arcs and I loved them even more. Also, I liked the introduction of new characters, Brynne (cooking fanatic/sarcasm expert/likes girls and
Brenda Waworga
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
After being disappointed with "The Gilded Wolves", "Aru Shah and The Song Of Death" restored my trust for Roshani Chokshi

What i love so much about this series is The Hinduism Mythology story combine with adventure and humors! (about Pandava Brothers) its like learning and adventuring at the same time

Now talking about the Villains, i love how Roshani wrote them with tragic background stories, it makes me feel the story have mo depth

If you love Middle Grade Fantasy and also love to learn more abo
Oda Renate
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Did I stay up into 2 in the morning to read this? Yes, yes I did.
Was I tired as a pandava after a fight while reading(because of the full day I had had)? Yes, yes I was.
Do I regret doing it? Abselutely not.

This book is as perfect as the cover is.
Claire Jackson
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for this book to come out! 😊 Roshani, I really hope you would have people pre-order it so we read it on April 15 (the day before the book comes out) I can't want OMGSH
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I adored Aru Shah and the Song of Death.  I think I might have liked it even more than book one!

Someone stole a bow and arrows and created "the heartless".  They were all males and were basically zombies.  Uloopi blamed the Pandavas and gave them a mission to retrieve the stolen property in ten days or these lose their Otherworld memories and be banned from there.

Aru, Mini, and Brynne are joined by Aiden even though he's not a Pandava.  Brynne and Aiden are actually best friends, but this is the
baileyyy (firebreathingreader)
Ya’ll I loved this one too. Review to come but lemme just say these books have truly touched my heart in a way no book has before and I wish my younger self had had these when she was going through identity crisis after identity crisis over being biracial and not belonging to anything.


My review of the first book includes a lot of my continued thoughts about the books: fun, whimsical, and in general fantastic.

I was a little concerned at first because I couldn't connect/care about Aiden an
Clem (the villain's quest)

i’m so disappointed, i don’t want to talk to anyone.
*3.5 stars
Hmmm.....l did enjoy this but not as much as the first book 😔
The MC Aru was hilarious as always and the side characters were awesome
The addition of the characters Brynne and Aiden was refreshing
The fact that Brynne was biracial and bisexual earned this book more points ;haven't seen this in most of the MG books

But the plot was not as engaging as in first book
The mystery was not executed well
Also Boo( The Talking PIGEON) my favorite character in this series was not present for most
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Aru and Minnie are on a new adventure. Together with two new friends, they must battle demons as they travel through the serpent realm the god of love's stolen bow and arrow.

This was a fun sequel. I loved getting to learn more about the mythology and see Aru and Minnie grow. The new characters were a welcome addition to this novel. Aiden and Brynne are wonderful characters and I can't wait to see them more and see how they grow along with the other two main characters. They both offer something
Taylor Ramirez
Sep 29, 2018 marked it as series-i-won-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
9/29/18: "The god of love's bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn't playing Cupid. Instead, they're turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren't bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief."

*sighs* So Aru Shah is the love thief.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
The ending of this made me very sad.
(view spoiler)

I really enjoy Aru's voice.
The book is SO full of pop-culture references I can't help but wonder at how it will age. Already the references to Despacito are dated (hating that song was SOOO 2019).

My complaint about the first book was that it spelled out the life lessons in excruciating detail; there was no subtly and the growth did not feel natural. This book did a little bit be
Rameela (Star)
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Initial thoughts: this was so fun I especially loved the pop culture references and the new characters! Definitely excited for the next one!
Laura Larson
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: july-2020
Is there a such thing as a perfect middle grade series? If there is, this just might win first place. Indian culture is so perfectly interspersed with things that are familiar to me (and y'all, I'm VERY unfamiliar with Indian) that it seems normal. This makes is so simple for me to picture and comprehend things I had to clue about (Chaat? What?) but if I wasn't sure, Chokshi has a wonderful and easy to understand glossary at the end. I love the subtle but definite LGBT+ rep, and I really really ...more
My Review on Blog, The Reading Fairy
Aru Shah and the End of Time: 4/5
Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes: ?/5
Aru Shah and the City of Gold: ?/5

TW: parental abandonment, absent parent, alcohol consumption, emesis, death of a loved one recounted, mild violence, physical assault, fire, animal attack, and bullying
Rep: Indian MC, Indian & Filipino prominent character

“All I'm saying is that no one can take your place if you make room for them. Trust yourself more than you distrust others.”

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Roshani Chokshi is the author of commercial and critically acclaimed books for middle grade and young adult readers that draws on world mythology and folklore. Her work has been nominated for the Locus and Nebula awards, and has frequently appeared on Best of The Year lists from Barnes and Noble, Forbes, Buzzfeed and more. Her New York Times bestselling series includes The Star-Touched Queen duolo ...more

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Pandava Quartet (4 books)
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)
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