Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Waiting on Wednesday: The Game of Stars by Sayantani DasGupta
The Game of Stars by Sayantani DasGupta. Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond series #2. 384 p. Scholastic Inc. 9781338185737. February 26, 2019. 9781338185737.
Publisher synopsis: Saving the multiverse is no game.
When the Demon Queen shows up in her bedroom, smelling of acid and surrounded by evil-looking bees, twelve-year-old Kiranmala is uninterested. After all, it's been weeks since she last heard from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternate dimension where she was born as an Indian princess. But after a call to action over an interdimensional television station and a visit with some all-seeing birds, Kiran decides that she has to once again return to her homeland, where society is fraying, a terrible game show reigns supreme, and friends and foes alike are in danger. Everyone is running scared or imprisoned following the enactment of sudden and unfair rules of law.
However, things are a lot less clear than the last time she was in the Kingdom Beyond. Kiran must once again solve riddles and battle her evil Serpent King father -- all while figuring out who her true friends are, and what it really means to be a hero.
I was lucky enough to attend a party for the author's debut last fall! The Serpent's Secret is a rollicking ride. Read my review of the arc here. I hope I'm on the arc list for this one!