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(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 rakkhoshi queen (who definitely does) in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…
“This is a series starter that rivals Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief. A breathtaking adventure.”
— Booklist, starred review
“A refreshing take on the hero’s quest… laugh-out-loud funny and extremely engaging.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“Never a dull moment for our ordinary-girl-turned-demon-fighting-princess Kiranmala in this hilarious, action-packed romp. Also, there is snot. It’s, like, everywhere. This combination of crucial elements is everything I love in a book. A brilliant beginning to a fresh (and potentially sticky) new series!”
— Lisa McMann, NYT bestselling author of The Unwanteds Series and The Unwanteds Quests
“This funny, unique book feels like the spirit of A Wrinkle in Time married the awesomeness of Bengali folktales and had the coolest, fiercest Indian princess – so much fun! Can Kiranmala save the rest of us next?”
— Tui Sutherland, NYT Bestselling author of Wings of Fire
“I was hooked from the first page, and the action-packed story never let me go. I adored Kiranmala’s sass, courage, and confidence. She is a hero all readers will love.”
— Jennifer Nielsen, NYT Bestselling author of The False Prince