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Interview: Sayantani DasGupta, author of Game of Stars (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #2)

Feb 26, 2019

Demon Queens and Serpent Kings, oh my! The world of Sayantani DasGupta's Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond is a lush middle grade fantasy series inspired by Bengali fairytales. The second book in the series, GAME OF STARS, hits shelves today. Kiranmala is tired of solving problems in an alternative dimension, so when the Demon Queen shows up in her bedroom, 12-year-old Kiranmala is uninterested. It's been weeks since she last heard from her friends in the Kingdom Beyond, the alternate dimension where she was born as an Indian princess. But then Kiran decides that she has to once again return to her homeland, where everyone is running scared or imprisoned following the enactment of sudden and unfair rules of law. Kiran must once again solve riddles and battle her evil Serpent King father --- all while figuring out who her true friends are, and what it really means to be a hero. We are so excited to dive into GAME OF STARS, but first, we talked to Sayantani about world-building, writing #OwnVoice middle grade fantasy and creating incredible, strong characters who are also kids!