Today’s the big day! If you’ve gotten your copy of Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality, we understand if you want to get back to it. But if you’re like us and daydream about having a cozy mug of hot cocoa with Jambavan, king of the bears, read on!
You’d be excused for not remembering every single Hindu deity off the top of your head. There are a lot of them to keep track of, after all.
But there’s no way you could forget about Jambavan, king of the bears. We’ve seen this ursine emperor sit on the Council of Guardians in the past, so we know he’s a big deal. And although he hasn’t interacted much with Aru Shah and the Potatoes up until now, Jambavan may hold the key to stopping the Sleeper once and for all.
Unfortunately for the Potatoes, Jambavan doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a cuddly teddy bear . . .
Appearances Can Be Deceiving
Depending on who you ask, King Jambavan is either a 70-foot tall, blood-stained, ferocious beast . . . or a lazy and relaxed old bear with a penchant for hot cocoa. Because Jambavan tends to avoid socializing, most people aren’t sure which version of the bear king is the genuine article.
What we do know is that Jambavan lives out in the middle of a frozen wilderness. So, chances are good that you’ll freeze to death before you can even reach his house. Either way, we hope he tips his delivery drivers very generously.
This Bear’s Been Around
As with many Hindu deities, Jambavan has a long and storied history. After being born from the mouth of Brahma, Jambavan spent his life battling demons, befriending gods, and ruling over every mortal bear in the kingdom of Kishkindha.
In recent years, Jambavan has become somewhat reclusive. We can’t blame the big guy for wanting to spend his retirement in sweet hibernation. However, he possesses a piece of the Sun Jewel, which the Pandavas need in order to retrieve the Nectar of Immortality. Here’s hoping Aru and her friends have cleared their schedule for the next few weeks . . .
Jambavan is one of the strongest beings in existence. Just look at his track record. Countless opponents have wrestled him—and lost—in an effort to win his piece of the precious Sun Jewel. The only one ever to succeed was Lord Krishna himself, and that was after a twenty-eight-day match!
So what hope do a bunch of tiny teenage Pandavas have against this guy? Especially when they’re without their enchanted weapons.
Place your bets now! Because the odds are stacked pretty heavily against the Potatoes. This is their final book, after all . . .
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