How can you possibly save the world after you’ve been stripped of your godly weapons and enchantments? With the power of music, of course!
No, it’s not that the Sleeper has a fatal weakness for pivot chords and three-part harmonies. It’s that in order to enter the labyrinth and retrieve the Nectar of Immortality, Aru and the Potatoes must perform on the Final Stage, the only talent show in the multiverse dedicated to marking the apocalypse. And yes, the judges are as harsh as you might expect.
Too bad that, the last time we checked, most of the Pandavas had little or no musical talent. But when has that ever stopped them before? Introducing your new favorite band: RUDY ROCKS!
Aiden as Lead Vocalist
It makes sense. As the son of an aspara, Aiden has inherited natural grace, a smoldering gaze, and a beautiful singing voice. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the warmest relationship with all his relatives, particularly those on the celestial side.
But hey, some of the best music in the multiverse has come from pain and heartache. It’ll just make him more soulful. So don’t forget to bring a box of tissues to the venue. Odds are you’re not going to be the only one who needs them.
Brynne on the Tabla Drums
Brynne claims she can play the harp. If you ask Aru or Mini, though, play might be too strong a word. We all know that Brynne’s real talent lies in hitting things really hard, so drums seem to be a more logical choice.
Mini on the Keyboard
Mini took piano lessons when she was younger, but the only song she ever mastered was her signature rendition of “Chopsticks.” Now, with Tumburu’s blessing, Mini can absolutely dominate the keyboard. All without ever learning her scales. Just goes to show, if your piano teacher isn’t a talking horse, you’re not getting your money’s worth.
Rudy on . . . Rocks
Rudy doesn’t play the traditional instruments of mortals. Instead, he uses amethysts, sapphires, and rubies to conjure the most haunting music anyone has ever heard. It’s less a melody than a universal truth that will melt even the hardest heart.
Word to the wise: this only works if you’re at least half-naga. If, at your next rehearsal, you try to rub a bunch of rocks together, you’ll probably get kicked out of your band.
Aru on ELECTRIC GUITAR
If there’s one thing Aru knows about, it’s handling electricity. With Tumburu’s help, she’s ready to blow the doors down and rock the Otherworld into a new plane of existence!
Wait . . . what’s that? She’s not getting an electric guitar? She’s on the . . . tambourine?! Noooo! That’s the lamest instrument imaginable! This girl really can’t seem to catch a break.
Ready to get down with Rudy Rocks for the first (and last) time? Be sure to pick up Aru Shah and the Nectar of Immortality, on sale now!