We’re continuing our countdown to Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality with some character intros. Up first: Baby Boo!
*Warning! Spoilers ahead for Aru Shah and the City of Gold.
If Aru Shah and the Potatoes have taught us anything, it’s this: Never take your talking animal sidekick for granted. We were all devastated when Boo sacrificed himself to protect the Pandava siblings against the Sleeper’s army, especially after the brief falling out he had with Aru.
This is why we were overjoyed to learn that Boo’s soul had been reincarnated as an adorable baby chick. Time will only tell if this new Boo will be as . . . uniquely charming as the old Boo. But here’s what we know so far:
This Bird Is on Fire
The biggest difference between the old Boo and Boo 2.0? The new Boo is hotter than ever. And we mean that literally.
Just like the mythological phoenix, Baby Boo is made of fire. In fact, BB can’t even sit in a nest without setting it ablaze. Meaning, you should definitely not touch him without fireproof gloves. No matter how much you may want to stroke his cute little face.
Keep Your Mouth Shut
And you thought the original Boo was notorious for mouthing off! Despite being so smol, Baby Boo can shoot huge streams of fire out of his tiny beak. Which is perfect for when you might need to ignite an ancient relic to reveal a hidden message, or just cook up dinner in a flash. (No poultry, though. That would be plain disrespectful.)
While it’s frightening that such a small chick can produce so much firepower, we won’t be truly scared until he learns how to talk again. For now, we’re just enjoying the silence.
They Grow Up So Fast
So far, all Baby Boo can do is sleep, eat cookies, and breathe fire. But firebirds are known to grow up quickly. If Aru and the Potatoes aren’t careful about keeping up with BB’s development, they might be toast. (We also mean that literally.)
Then again, with their enchanted weapons destroyed, a full-grown firebird may be exactly what Aru and company need to defeat the Sleeper once and for all. That is, as long as they remember to pack enough Oreos.
The original Boo perished thinking that Aru was still mad at him, and Aru has been living with guilt ever since. At the very least, Baby Boo offers Aru and the other Pandavas another chance to do right by their former mentor.
That’s the beauty of reincarnation. Mistakes you make in one life can be fixed in the next. But that doesn’t mean you should wait to tell the people (and birds) in your life how you feel about them.
Because who knows? Next time around, they could be reincarnated as an angsty pre-teen with daddy issues.
Want to learn more about the all-new Baby Boo? Be sure to pick up Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality, on sale April 5th!