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"This fantasy riffs on events from the Ramayana—the takeoff point for a knock-down, drag-out adventure that draws a 13-year-old into the unfinished business of the Indian gods.
A Londoner visiting his uncle and aunt in India, Ash Mistry’s first mistake is picking up an ancient gold arrowhead that involves him and his younger sister Lucky in business left from India’s legendary past; his second mistake is refusing to surrender the ancient weapon to the (very obvious) villain, Alexander Savage, and his rakshashas (demons). As is often true in fantasy quests, characters appear and disappear after helping or hindering the hero. The narrative arc is carried forward at first by the direct unfolding of Ash’s discovery and Savage’s hunt for the arrowhead. In addition, there are flashbacks that key readers in to Rama’s story. These provide vital information in a highly palatable way but also take some liberties with the original legend. A rousing and breathtaking climax supports the tied-up threads of the ending. Nonstop action and likable teen characters will attract fans of fantasy quests such as the Percy Jackson books and the saga of Nicholas Flamel.
There are hints that Ash may have unfinished business with India and its gods—let’s hope so." - Kirkus reviews
"If the heat and the crowded streets of Varanasi weren’t bad enough, thirteen-year-old Ash Mistry finds out that India’s holiest city is home to a fortress of demons, effectively putting the kibosh on what he though would be a fun summer vacation. Pudgy Londoner Ash discovers that Lord Savage, a wealthy businessman leading an archeological dig in Varanasi with the help of Ash’s uncle, is actually marshaling an army of rakshashas (demons) to take over the world, but his plans hit a snag after Ash picks up a legendary arrowhead and begins to suspect that he may be the reincarnated soul of Rama, India’s greatest warrior king. With the help of a former demon and several other reincarnated souls, Ash prepares to take on Savage and perhaps even the gods themselves. A classic hero’s quest, this action-packed story has its protagonist making the transformation from portly, brainy everyday kid to courageous, physically strong warrior with relative ease. Chadda wisely keeps his hero’s mental state the same, however, so even after Ash has proven his abilities, the boy is racked with self doubt and frankly resentful that this lot has fallen on his shoulders, two traits that will make him immediately relatable to a young reader. Graphic fight scenes leave little to the imagination, describing in cinematic clarity just what happens when one is attacked by a twenty-foot crocodile-demon hybrid. The incorporation of the Ramayana legend serves as a basic introduction to Indian deities; fans of Riordan’s Kane Chronicles, Indiana Jones, and the like will appreciate this non-Western take on fantasy adventure." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
While written for the YA crowd, this book should appeal to adventure-seekers of any age.
Chadda has knocked this one out of the park with a well written, fast paced, adrenaline filled story that never allows the reader to feel bored.
I typically prefer first person, especially with a main character as funny as Ash, but it works well with the story.
Actually should be 4.5 stars. The action was on point. The author had a beautiful, descriptive writing style without being boring. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Constance Burris
This book is very exciting.
I liked this interesting book a lot.
I hope you will like this book to.
Savage fortress was a page turner from the first page onto the last. Young boy who was half English and half Indian without realizing what has happened became the one to save the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Misty Iputi
And he loves the stories. He loves to read and this series is perfect to keep him busy. He is hitting his tweens and is an avid reader. I can't as for more than thatPublished 9 months ago by Irene E. Klein
awesome book and recommendation by Riordan (whom my kids loved)-kids devoured it and i loved the cultural mythology-we got city of death right awayPublished 14 months ago by Electric Wizard
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did, but I loved it! This is the first book (I think) in the Ash Mistry chronicles and definitely a series I will keep reading. Read morePublished 15 months ago by CC Thomas
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Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda is a middle grade fantasy adventure story that will... Read more
Heart pumping action from start to finish, extremely hard to put down, something different from all the other fantasy action sagas available, it's really a masterclass in it's... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Greg Craill
Please understand that all my reviews focus on the interests of my middle school students. I never do a full plot synopsis in a review and try to give as little away as... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Teacherrates