Title: The Serpent’s Secret
Series: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1
Author: Sayantani DasGupta
Genres: Middle Grade Fantasy
MEET KIRANMALA: INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMONSLAYER
(But she doesn’t know it yet.)
On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish later that day and a rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories—like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess—and a wealth of secrets about her origin they’ve kept hidden.
To complicate matters, two crushworthy Indian princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’re here to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and slay demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld (who may or may not want to kill her) and the rakkhosh queen (who definitely does) in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…
The Serpent’s Secret is one of my most anticipated releases of 2017 because everything about it sounds so incredibly exciting. From the ‘Indian princess’, to the ‘solve riddles’, to the ‘other dimension’ and ‘demonslayer’, it just sounds like everything I want in a book. Especially the sentence “Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds” made me so, so hyped. I have a feeling it’s going to be super adventurous, funny, and I strongly suspect I’m going to love Kiranmala.
Also, the cover is just beyond gorgeous?? I can’t wait to finally have it in my hands and be able to stare at it 24/7. It’s honestly one of my favorite middle grade covers, ever. I know that’s a pretty big statement, but it’s true. I hope I’ll be able to say that it’s my overall favorite middle grade book ever soon. And yes, my expectations might be a little too high (woops), but I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. February 27 can’t come soon enough!