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- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Plot
- 3 Characters
- 4 Chapter list
- 5 Trivia
- 6 References
Aru Shah and her sisters--including one who also claims to be the Sleeper's daughter--must find their mentors Hanuman and Urvashi in Lanka, the city of gold, before war breaks out between the devas and asuras.
Aru has just made a wish on the tree of wishes, but she can't remember what it was. She's pretty sure she didn't wish for a new sister, one who looks strangely familiar and claims to be the Sleeper's daughter, like her.
Aru also isn't sure she still wants to fight on behalf of the devas in the war against the Sleeper and his demon army. The gods have been too devious up to now. Case in point: Kubera, ruler of the city of gold, promises to give the Pandavas two powerful weapons, but only if they win his trials. If they lose, they won't stand a chance against the Sleeper's troops, which will soon march on Lanka to take over the Otherworld.
Aru's biggest question, though, is why every adult she has loved and trusted so far has failed her. Will she come to peace with what they've done before she has to wage the battle of her life?
Filled with wondrous magic, unforgettable creatures, manipulative gods, and laugh-out-loud dialogue, this fourth book in the Pandava series will leave readers wishing they could read the finale right now.
A New Sister?
Aru Shah was chained to a rock in the Sleeper's cave and staring at his daughter, Kara. She said she is Aru's sister but Aru herself isn't so sure. Kara changed the cave into her own actual room, Aru remembered her dad when they fought over Kalpavriksha. Kara explained that he wanted her to be safe as a family, but they don't have the same mother. His army is planning on storming Lanka, the city of gold ruled by Kubera. Aru broke free, all that was holding her was a ribbon, but she couldn't zap Kara's place with Varja as it's reinforced with enchanted rubber. She wanted to come with Aru if the latter wanted to go free, but she refuses for a number of reasons. Kara revealed that two years prior she didn't know where she lived, that's because the Sleeper erased her apparently bad memories of that life. But he was never home afterwards due his deeds and being locked away. She had a coin-like enchantment on her that prevents gods and demons from finding her, he called her his 'secret weapon' and is waiting for the right time to use her, she didn't want to be part of his wars. Finally, Aru was convinced to take Kara along. Kara believed she could open a portal through her bookcase but she herself never tried it before, she hardly ever leaves unless it's secretly with the Sleeper. She knew about Aru become he showed her memories. At last, one book made the shelves magically wrench apart, it had a note to Aru saying he got it at the hospital gift shop for his "little girl". Unfortunately, Kara forgot to mention that the place was protected by a monster made of books! Aru threw Vajra at him like a stick with a dog, Kara reluctantly makes a run for it with her.
From Kishkindha to the Ocean
They manage to make it back to Earth, and reach Brynne, Mini, and Aidan, who reveal that she has been missing for two months. All travel from the Otherworld has been stopped, due to the Sleeper. Nikita and Sheela are therefore separated from them, but are reunited with their parents. Aru's mother is not there, since she has been searching for Aru. They also reveal that Lord Kubera is denying the Pandavas access to the nairratas, elite Hindu warriors, without testing them. Aru also reveals that Boo betrayed them, which they don't believe, and explains the situation of Kara.
The three of them doubt Kara, Brynne especially is extremely ferocious to her. They travel to the location of the golden road, which would lead them to Lanka, but subsequently get trapped by vanaras, who want to put them, as human representatives, on trial for the atrocities done against their race by humans. As they are about to execute Aru, who they assume to be the ringleader, they are stopped by Queen Tara, Vali's wife. Queen Tara explains that she cannot help them, as the oceans will reject anything from their shores, but Aru manages to outwit the ocean, using mirrors. In response, Aru is granted a boon by Queen Tara. They journey to Lanka, where they leave Kara behind, as Lord Kubera will not allow her entry.
The City of Gold
Lord Kubera reveals that he has been holding Urvashi and Hanuman captive, and the Sleeper has been trying to negotiate with him, to ensure that Lord Kubera will not allow the Pandavas access to the nairratas in the war, and that he will grant them the antima astra, the shard of the world destroying Brahmastra. He also gives them proof that Boo is supposedly with the Sleeper. This makes Brynne even more ferocious, and she begins to become even more unkind to Kara. Lord Kubera states that, while he could grant the Sleeper his wishes, he would give them both the Astra and the nairratas if they pass his tasks. The Pandavas face the trials, and at the second one, Kara is stabbed, but she survives, albeit being comatose for a long time. After completing the third task, they return to Lanka, where the Sleeper's army attacks. Boo dies trying to protect them, but is later reincarnated as a Phoenix like baby bird. The Nairrata army helps them overpower the Sleeper's army, and, they win. When they get back to Lanka, Kubera gives them full control of the Nairratas, and gives them possession of the antima astra. While celebrating Aru's birthday, the Sleeper attacks, but Aru's mother intervenes. He then reveals to Kara that she is the sixth Pandava, born to a young Krithika Shah, who put her in stasis to reserve her reputation, and because she felt that she wasn't ready for a baby. This hurts Kara, and the Sleeper manages to convince her to join him. She steals the antima Astra from Aru, and uses it to destabilize all the other Pandavas celestial weapons, before leaving with the Sleeper. Aru is hurt, but remembers the boon Agni granted her.
First Trial: Cows and Souls
Second Trial: Doppelgangers and Heart
Third Trial: Beauty and Sky
Battling in the City of Gold
A Birthday Party Ruined
What to do Nest
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- Aru Shah
- Brynne Rao
- Aiden Acharya
- The Sleeper
- I’m Your Long-Lost Family! (Insert Jazz Hands)
- LOL No
- Every Breath You Take Every Move You Maaake
- TL; DR We're in Trouble
- Fun Fact: You're Cursed
- At Least There's Popcorn?
- No One Said Anything about Demon Hamsters
- I Ain't Sayin' She's a Gold Digger
- I'm Not Equipped for This Level of Decision-Making
- Aru Shah eats Humble Pie
- World's Worst Pokémon
- In Which the Pandavas Are Stranded, But, Hey, the Fruit Is Great!
- The Ocean Stops Brynne
- That Big Demigod Energy
- Rich-People Problems
- Aim for the Head(s)
- You Get a Quest! And You Get a Quest!
- Sorrow with a Side of Cow
- At Least We're Not in a Parking Lot?
- Souls by the Spoonful
- Congrats, You're a Potato
- Begone, Worthless Rogue!
- Wanna See a Magic Trick?
- The Tale of Uttanka
- Go Ahead, Make My Day
- One Aru Is Enough
- You Seem Like a Decent Fellow; I Hate to Kill You
- The Mitochondria Is the Powerhouse of the Cell
- The Tale of Shikhandi
- Brynne Cannot Open the Thing
- I Love a Good Ole Deadly Family Reunion
- Hi. Can I Exchange This Prophecy? No? Crap.
- Are You There, God-Dad? It's Me, Aru.
- I Really Need a Hug
- Big Mistake. Huge.
- The Worst Wish
- Ugly Applause
- ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?
- I Have a Boyfriend in Canada
- Happy Birthday, Aru Shah
- Wait...Who? What? HOW?
- Keeping Promises
- A Game of Hot Potato
- I Don't Want to Be Frodo
- A Sal & Gabi Break the Universe book makes a cameo in Kara's bookshelf.
Mentions of Other Cultures
- Other books that appear in Kara's bookshelf were a collection of Grimms' fairy tales and three shelves of Amar Chitra Katha comics.
- The book that opened Kara's secret portal shelf is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.
- At one point, Aru said that she and the "Potatoes" were like the world's worst Pokémon. Brynne said she'd be a Charizard. Aru secretly suspects that Mini would be a Psyduck Psychic.
- When a vanara asked what king the "Potatoes" enthralls their land, Aru awkwardly said it's probably Tiger King.
- There is a French guillotine during the court of the vanaras