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The Chaos Curse

(Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Creating order out of chaos has frightening consequences in this New York Times bestselling series!

Kiranmala must leave the Kingdom Beyond and travel to her hometown of Parsippany to save Prince Lal, who has been spirited to the unlikeliest of places -- a tree in the yard of her best-enemy-for-life. She also faces evil serpents (of course!), plus a frightening prophecy abo
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Scholastic Press
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Susan Publishers and vendors have had a backlog so delivery has been delayed. Our copies are on their way now. They should hit the shelves by mid-July. The …morePublishers and vendors have had a backlog so delivery has been delayed. Our copies are on their way now. They should hit the shelves by mid-July. The ebooks and eaudio were available on the publication date - March 3, 2020.(less)

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Jun 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
I trust Sayantani DasGupta with my life and Vivienne To is always bringing it with her covers.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Victor The Reader
The end of Kiran’s story certainly saves the best for last with its usual laughs and thrills to its somber conclusion. A- (91%/Excellent)
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Colonialism, and colorism, and racism - oh my! Wait! No. I mean, one story to rule them all, one story to find not that either. Oompa loompa dopidity di, they got a tiger who's non-binary. Mawriage? Mawriage is what brings us towgether today? Oh shoot, the crunch is happening to me!

Trust me, that will all make sense if you read the book. No promises it will be funny, but I think it is.

Another great entry into the series. I love these books so much and I particularly love the theme of t
This was an amazing book. The Chaos Curse has a beautiful lesson to it and it is amazing to think that someone human wrote this. It is a very meaningful book. It's also full of references from some of my other favorite books. ...more
A.L. Sowards
Read this with my twins. They have really enjoyed this whole series.
This was so cute! This series is so much fun overall but I really liked how this installment included mythology from other cultures as well with a focus on celebrating our differences without letting them divide us. Not sure if this was supposed to be the last book or if there are going to be more but I would definitely read more of them.
It was very underwhelming. I love how the stories were put together and I love it when Neel and Kiran interact, but there wasn't enough of them 😭. And the ending was okay but felt very fast. ...more
I feel like I say the same thing every time I finish one of Sayantani DasGupta's books: I wish I had books like this when I was 12! I love them. They remind me of my childhood and all the different stories that were read to me. I loved that this book not only included traditional Bengali stories but all sorts of other stories and mythology from around the world. Loved this book and I look forward to reading more. ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
It was okay. The plot seemed a little scattered and I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed at Kiran. I would not want to be her friend.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Third in the series. The story continues to develop. Characters are further developed and readers see back stories as Kiran and Neal travel back in time to prevent his mom from marrying her dad when they were young. She also rescues Prince Lal and works to restore order in the Kingdom Beyond.
The series has provided insights into the myths woven through the books. This book seemed to bog down and drag at times. The plot connections stretched a little too far for my taste.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Wow! I can definitely see why my fantasy fans love this series. There is so much action, adventure and humor, and the pace never lets up. Rest assured, LOTS of things happened! While fantasy is a really hard sell in my library now (I am blaming the fact that students spend so much time on screens that they have not developed the imagination needed to enjoy fantasy!), fantasy with cultural connections (like the fantastic Rick Riordan Presents imprint) circulates RE
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
sad the series is over but super excited for the prequel about the Rakkhoshi Queen Pinki
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
I liked The Chaos Curse!  I wish I liked it as much as the first two books in the series but I still liked it.  Even if it wasn't as much as I wanted to like it.  

The characters felt really young in this book.  I know it's middle grade, and the characters are supposed to be young.  It's weird, because I didn't feel that way with the other books in the series.  We are living in pretty weird times, and maybe I just wasn't reading this book at the right time.  I'm not in the biggest mood to read ri
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series is that rare Middle-Grade series that can appeal as much to adults as it does to children. Sayantani DasGupta has put so much thought and depth into the way she constructs the Kiranmala stories and they are food for thought for adults who share them with their children. From her thoughts on immigration and the Bengali diaspora to astronomy and cosmology, to her skillful interweaving of Bengali and Euro-American stories, this installment is a delight.

Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Her Royalosity Princess Kirnamala tricked that nasty bhoot into entering the Lola Morgana thermos all on his own!"

This one was clearly better than the other two.
First and foremost, it was much more manageable to understand what the actual heck was going, which for me was a serious problem at times in Books 1 and 2. However, here the co-workings between story and science were explained very clearly, which made it much easier to follow the story. It also made me appreciate the way the two are
Geetha Priya
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After having saved Neel and loosing Ai Ma Kiran realizes that now she must also save Lal. Just when Kiran thinks that things are getting better there is news that Sesha is marring Pinki, Neel's mother. This is really confusing news since the last time they were seen Pinki and Sesha were so angry at each other. Things keep getting weirder because the stories from all the dimensions keep getting mixed up and the people in the Kingdom beyond are going crazy. Will Kiran be able to stop this story im ...more
Neal DenHartog
Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I decent end to the series, but I had my hopes up for a more satisfying resolution. The same, zany fun was there, but the plot struggled quite a bit. The idea of a multiverse is always in interesting concept to explore, and the author tried to explain it with some science, but the seemingly random inclusion of other mythology and stories felt odd, and took away from what made the first two books pretty good. The ending also felt rushed, but I guess it did wrap up decently
Michael Knolla
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
There’s an important message about stories, who gets to tell them, how we value them, but at times it can get overwhelmed by all the other things going on. The real strength though is in the main characters Kiranmala and Neelkamal processing their often tricky relationship with their biological parents. It has been a lot of fun reading this series to my son and has provided an opening for conversations about family, the many forms it can take and the different meanings it can have.
This conclusion of the trilogy might be my favorite in the series. It has the same sense of fun shown through clever wordplay, riddles, and fractured fairy tales. What really stands out, however, is the way diverse stories are championed throughout as our heroes fight against The Chaos Curse, a fearful metaphor for the erasure of certain tales that don't fit into a singular narrative. The whole series is definitely worth checking out for Rick Riordan fans. ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This last book in the series was just so much fun! I loved all the word play and puns and riddles. There are references to all kinds of stories from all over the world, such as Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and so many others from many different cultures! And the ending... what can I say? It was surely the most unique and mystical and perfect ending for the book and for the series!
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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L.M. Pampuro
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In the future, when youths (and adults for that matter) study our present day, I hope they refer to this book that clearly illustrates the dangers of homogenization of a populous.
DasGupta does this brilliantly while inter-weaving cultural references and, of course, Hindu mythology.
The whole series is a sensational read filled with wonderful life lessons.
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children-s
This was a very fun third book in the Kingdom Beyond series. Lots of clever references to a variety of tales from Little Miss Muffet to the Wizard of Oz to the Princess Bride. Highly recommended for fans of Rick Riordan, grades 4 & up. It's better to read the series in order. ...more
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
At times, it got a little too silly or unsubtle, and in some parts the plot dragged on and it felt passive. Otherwise, it was a good book. I was a little confused at the conflation of the Kingdom Beyond with real-life Bengali India, though.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good 3rd book to this series. Filled with humor and wit. There seemed to be a little bit of copy right violation, but the author left out enough detail I hope she got away with it.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the other books in this series, it bothered me how dense Kiran seemed sometimes, but I liked her better in this one, and I liked the message of the book (the importance of stories), even if it was a little too heavy-handed at times.
Raven Terry
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing, these keep getting better and better! I love Dasgupta, there’s so much to glean from her stories, amazing for all junior readers!
Amal Ahmed
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nasrin
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
soo good
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