The Serpent’s Secret, by Sayantani Dasgupta

download (1)Up until her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala considered herself an ordinary sixth-grader in Parsippany, New Jersey, but then her parents disappear and a drooling rakkhosh demon shows up in her kitchen, and soon she is swept into another dimension, full of magic, winged horses, talking birds (very annoying), and cute princes–and somehow Kiranmala needs to sort it all out, find her parents, and basically save the world.

This book was pretty good. The characters were very detailed and relatable. The plot was intense and kept me hooked. The mythology was, well, I have never read mythology like that before. But there were a few problems that I get into later in the review. 

The characters were really funny. Kiranmala, Kiran for short, was really sassy and funny and was just a really loveable character. Neel and Lal were okay but I think that Lal could have been more developed. Everyone had a backstory and it was awesome because you never knew everything about anyone. It kept you hooked. The characters developed very well and sometimes they didn’t develop for the better. I’m trying to write this without spoiling it and I didn’t realize how hard it was. 

My favorite character was Neel. He is the classic broody bad boy. My one weakness. His flying horse, Night, is also pretty cool. And the fact that he is a demon pacifist is amazing. Honestly, how many people do you know who are demon pacifists? None, probably. Everyone you know would just kill the demons. Neel also wasn’t one of those people who is always forgiving people when they ask for it, yet he will help them they need it. I would love a book just from his perspective. 

The plot was very intense and it kept you engaged. The mythology was very interesting and it prompted me to research further about the Bengal cultures. In the beginning, it was very fast and then it slowed down a bit. Then it sped up again. That was very annoying. It was a classic debut author mistake. The author did a very good job describing the worlds and the creatures. It was very impressive. In the beginning, I didn’t know anything about Bengal folktales, by the end I knew a bit and it prompted me to research more. There were a lot of plot twists and it made you wonder what was going to happen in the next book.

The setting was really well done. The author described everything really well and you understood what the mythology was. I felt like I was in the story, going on an adventure with the characters. The author did very well describing the various worlds. I felt like I could be in them all by myself, without the characters there, so that I would have more time to explore. It was enthralling and I will definitely read the next book.

 As you can probably see I really enjoyed reading this book and I will definitely be picking up the sequel. I highly recommend it to everyone. Please remember to fill out my survey!!!! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

Rating: th (14)

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