Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta

We humans may not be powerful or magical

I loved the Serpent’s Secret. I just picked it up as a simple read between more serious books and I really enjoyed it.

Book Review: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta


Title & Author: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release date: February 27 2018
Series: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond
Publisher: Scholastic



(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… 

I give The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta five out of five hearts because Sayantani weaved a great tale based on Bangali fairytales in great writing. She explains the points that us, Western readers might not know, but not in a dumb way.

The story is fun and fast paced (sometimes maybe a little to fast). It feels original, probably because it is based on fairytales we, Westerners, don’t know. But it is great. The story wraps at the end of the book even though it is part of series. I liked that very much.

The characters are very interesting. They act their age, which is not always the case with children’s books. Kiran is relatable and embarrassed by her parents. But she is caring and when they get kidnapped she wants to go after them. Tuntuni is a great character, but got annoying pretty fast.

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