Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress

By Sarwat Chadda
Reviewed by Lisa Doyle-Redmond

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress is a fantastic action packed read for teens. If you have enjoyed Percy Jackson, Darren Shan and Skulduggery Pleasant then this book is for you.  Sarwat Chadda’s new book is steeped in Indian legend with a hero torn between the high tech London of his everyday life and the ancient land of snake charmers, gurus and demon legends of his ancestors. In case you didn’t know Demons are in and there are no darker demons then those of Indian mythology. Ash is an unlikely hero; plump, nerdy and a little bit lazy but when his family are endangered he has to step up and learn how to fight and when he discovers an ancient Indian artefact he realises that he his stronger then he thought. I really enjoyed this and hopefully it will be the first in a series. It’s bound to excite the interest of readers aged 10+ especially as Asian mythology has rarely if ever been featured in books for this age group before and it offers an exciting new area for the author to explore.  I am a huge fan of mythology and I knew nothing about Indian mythology before I picked this up so it's been a great introduction. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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