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Game of Stars: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 2

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Girl becomes demon slayer in fun fantasy game show spoof.

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This sequel suffers from the same rushed storytelling as we found in Book 1, but it keeps things intriguing with West Bengal folk tale influences and a send-up of reality and game shows. There are so many great places author Sayantani DasGupta could slow down and show us this wild world. It's like we're all spinning in a wormhole with Kiran through hectic scenes of rhyming demons and ghosts and riddling witches and living underwater palaces and demon dentist offices. DasGupta is welcome to spend a whole chapter describing a demon dentist office down to the kind of chair a giant serpent king could even recline in. It would be fascinating and potentially hilarious to read. Right now DasGupta relies heavily on ridiculous character banter to supply the humor, when there's plenty to be gleaned from the fabulous setting if she'd only take the time to describe it.

DasGupta could slow down with her characters, as well. Kiran does a lot of trying not to think about her hair turning green or what it's like to have the bad guy for a dad or why she's so hard on Neel all the time. If she did stop to ponder these things, Game of Stars would be richer for it. Still, there's much to enjoy here, and plenty of places for the sequels to go.

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