Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress (Ash Mistry Chronicles, #1)
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Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress (Ash Mistry Chronicles #1)

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Breathtaking action adventure for 8 to 12-year-olds. Ash Mistry, reluctant hero, faces ancient demons… and comes into an astonishing, magical inheritance.

Varanasi: holy city of the Ganges.

In this land of ancient temples, incense and snake charmers…

Where the monsters and heroes of the past come to life…

One slightly geeky boy from our time…


Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published January 1st 2012)
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Growing up in the 1970s, I was a big fan of fantasy and science fiction (Star Trek, Blake's Seven, Doctor Who) and loved reading The Hobbit and other fantasy books. It took me a while to realise that there was something a little odd about J.R.R. Tolkien's world. Simply put, where were the girls? Why was it only male dwarfs and wizards on the adventure? At secondary school we barely read any novels with girls in until Pride and Prejudice at O level.

I remembered this feeling as a teacher, and trie...more
'Ash Mistry' by Sarwat Chadda is a magnificent adventure story. Chadda knows what he's writing about - it is well researched. It is unique in that the demons are traditional Indian monsters and heroes and the story takes part in Varanasi - the holy city of the Ganges, India.

This is exactly the type of inspiration that a lot of pupils need. It breathes multiculturalism - east meets west in Ash/Ashoka. He conveys the complexity of roots versus modernism and somehow manages to show how his main ch...more
Fast paced action and good writing. A bit gory near the end, but not awful. My one complaint is the hyper irritating transformation of the main character from chubby to skinny, and the way that's portrayed as him losing his weakness and growing into a fierce hero. Cause fat kids can't be heroes or anything. He even says something like "I guess I just had to diet and exercise" to lose weight. Ugh. I just... chubby or fat kids don't need to hear that more than they already do. I don't know why he...more
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Quick & Dirty: A boy stumbles upon a mythical arrowhead and has to save the world.

Opening Sentence: “That is so not a cobra,” said Ash.

The Review:

You’ve probably heard of Greek and Roman mythology (Any Percy Jackson fans out there?) Or maybe even a bit of Norse mythology (Thor, son of Odin, a.k.a. Chris Hemsworth *sighs*). But have you even thought of India’s mythology? Sarwat’s The Savage Fortress gives you just enough information to wet your pallet in t...more
Ash Mistry and younger his sister Lucky are visiting their family in India during their school holidays. Ash had been excited about the trip, history geek that he is, but he is now ready to go back to London and resume his teenage life of gaming with his friends. But then his uncle is hired by Lord Savage, a rich mysterious man, to decipher ancient scrolls. These scrolls are connected to one of the most famous stories in India: the Ramayana, the epic story of the fight between the hero Rama agai...more
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In this book Sarwat Chadda has merged real life with Indian mythology and I find that really thrilling. I borrowed this book from Alison yesterday and finished it this morning!

The publishers have recommended this book for children who are 9+ and I can see children’s imaginations running wild with this story. As I have not yet taught in KS2 I would seek advice on how to best use this book but I can imagine getting wonderful results from it including literacy, RE, geography, art, PE to name but a...more
Joe Humphreys
As anyone who works with, or writes for, young people knows, when it comes to YA fiction there's always something that's 'in'. At the moment it's dystopian fiction. Before that it was a bunch of sissy vampires doing a lot of navel gazing and talking in inspid cliches (no I'm not a Twilight fan). And so on, and so on. Just bubbling below the flavour of the month are certain genres of YA fiction that, arguably, have greater staying power and lasting appeal. One such is what I you could call fantas...more
Vishnu Brahmandam
After reading all of the Percy Jackson series and series linked to that (still eagerly waiting for next books) I didn't know if I would like this book.
- The actual reason I picked this book was because it seemed like a Percy Jackson book but with Indian mythology and let me say I wasn't dissapointed :D
Okay so even though the book lays too much attention on the main character Ash as compared to his sister {who i thought should have had much much more attention(so much unlike Percy Jackson)} it w...more
Dave Cousins
I really enjoyed this – a classic adventure story in the tradition of Indiana Jones. Apart from the superb sense of location, believable characters (both good and truly evil) what I liked most, and what set this book above so many other adventure stories, is the way that Ash stayed rooted in reality. Even fighting demons, he still managed to react, and for the most part behave, like a normal, slightly overweight, teenage boy! Great stuff.
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Ashoka, called Ash, and his younger sister Lucky are spending the summer visiting their aunt and uncle in India. His uncle, a noted Indian professor, is offered a job decoding ancient Harappan writings by a very rich, eccentric man named Savage. Really, Savage is hunting for an artifact that he believes is the key to unlocking Ravanna’s tomb. Ravanna being an ancient demon lord from Indian mythology. Ash seems to be the only one suspicious of Savage’s motives, and when he finds the artifact Sava...more
This book is for Percy Jackson fans who are into gods and are if you think You know them all well you have to know the gods of the mythical version of India and an action adventure like no other.
i remember being very excited for this middle
grade novel ever since sarwat told me about it
at ALAN 2010--the first time we met. he was so
enthusiastic about this story with an indian boy
as a hero (ash mistry) and incorporating the culture
and mythos of india. it sounded fantastic. now, two
years later, it is wonderful to see the book published
and come to fruition.

chadda is a fantastic writer and he's really able
to immerse you into ash's world, india, and allow
us to see and feel the wonder of being...more
Shanshad Whelan
I'm back and forth about this one as a children's book. People die in horrific and vivid ways--other people are described as tortured in even more horrific ways. The main character is 13, and some parts of this book are on target for that tween audience that loves Riordan's stuff. But I think this book may really cross a line. Unlike Riordan's stories that balance action and danger with humor, this book really doesn't have a sense of humor very often. It tries occasionally to do so, but I found...more
Title: The Savage Fortress
Author: Sarwat Chadda
Pages: 292
Rating: 4/5

I’ve decided to spend my summer reading as many middle grade books as I can, and boy, so far, I’m excited with all the talent and stories!

Varanasi: holy city of the Ganges.

In this land of ancient temples, incense and snake charmers…

Where the monsters and heroes of the past come to life…

One slightly geeky boy from our time…


Ash Mistry hates India. Which is a problem since his uncle has brought...more
Ash and his sister, Lucky, are visiting their aunt and uncle in India when his uncle is invited to the Savage Fortress of Sir Alexander Savage. While at the party, Ash finds an unusual weapons room, but knowing that Savage is a collector of artifacts, he doesn't think much of it, until he overhears Savage offering his uncle a job with translating an ancient text with an outrageous payout. From there, Ash becomes very suspicious of Savage, and his suspicions are proven correct when a walk after a...more
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You've probably heard of Greek and Roman mythology (Any Percy Jackson fans out there?) Or maybe even a bit of Norse mythology (Thor, son of Odin, a.k.a. Chris Hemsworth *sighs*). But have you even thought of India's mythology? Sarwat's The Savage Fortress gives you just enough information to wet your pallet in this enjoyable adventure-filled novel for middle-graders.

While in India on a vacation to visit his Aunt and Uncle, Ash Mistry accidentall...more
Arwat Chadda’s not a stranger to young adult fiction and Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress is an exciting second novel. It’s got action, ancient Indian history and a fight of good versus evil between the great god Rama and Ravanna. For someone who isn’t well versed in the Indian myths and legends, it’s an excellent introduction to the fascinating culture that has shaped India.

Set in Varanasi, India thirteen-year-old Ash and his ten-year-old sister Lucky are spending the summer holiday with rela...more
Patrick Samphire
When Ashoka (Ash) Mistry and his little sister, Lucky, take their first trip to India to stay with their aunt and uncle, they soon find themselves caught up in a struggle between demons and gods from Hindu mythology.

To be honest, if I hadn't been stuck in the Accident and Emergency Department at my local hospital for three and half hours, I would probably have given up on this book fairly quickly.

There's a particular type of British middle grade fantasy where everything feels generic: generic ch...more
Caitlin Marineau
Action-adventure fans have a new hero to root for: Ash Mistry. This new novel by Sarwat Chadda follows a young British Indian teenager who, while unhappily trapped in the heat of India visiting relatives, finds himself battling demons and encountering gods when he becomes entangled in the machinations of an old British aristocrat named Lord Alexander Savage, who is attempting to harness the forces of evil for his own gain by freeing the imprisoned demon Ravana. There is more to the young Ash tha...more
Thirteen-year-old Ash Mistry and his younger sister Lucky are on a trip to India with their uncle and aunt. Their uncle has been hired by an incredibly wealthy man to help translate pictograms, but it turns out that the translations may lead to the end of the world and immortality for Lord Savage. When Uncle Vik backs out of the deal, Savage sends his demons after the family. Ash ends up on the run, finding allies in unlikely places and forming an allegiance with Kali, the slayer of demons. Ther...more
C.C. Thomas
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.

Ash and his sister have been on vacation, visiting their aunt and uncle in their native India. Ash has been bored to tears. He is more of a Western boy and misses his TV, music videos, and junk food. Looking at temples has bored him out of his skull. When Ash discovers an ancient artifact at one of his uncle's dig sites, his...more
Ash and his sister Lucky are spending the summer holidays visiting their aunt and uncle in India. As a bit of a geek and a history buff Ash has been looking forward to exploring the temples and learning more about the culture but when the family are invited to a party hosted by the eccentric Lord Savage Ash ends up seeing more than he was supposed to. His uncle is offered a job by Savage but Ash is suspicious - some things are just too good to be true and he doesn't trust Savage. After a series...more
Ibrahim Amankwah
Mar 25, 2013 Ibrahim Amankwah rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
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Amazing but kind of jumping on the bandwagon because we have Greek mythology in the Percy Jackson series, Egyptian mythoogy in The Kane Chronicles, some Norse mythology in the Magificent 12, and Roman mythology in The Heroes of Olympus Series.

This book was a great read though and had an amazing storyline! The characters were well developed and I could picture them in my head, it was sad in some parts and funny in others. The Indian mythology had the main character, Ashoka,or Ash for short findin...more
Dies ist für mich ja eher eine ungewöhnliche Buch/Hörbuchwahl. Abenteuer liegen mir grundsätzlich nicht so, aber hier sprach mich einfach das Cover sehr an und wenn ich was von Dämonen lese, ist mein Interesse sowieso geweckt. Das Stefan Kaminsky das Buch spricht, war dann die endgültige Entscheidungshilfe.

Voller Motivation legte ich die erste CD in meinen tragbaren CD/MP3 Player ein und erlitt eine herbe Enttäuschung. Die CD wurde nicht erkannt – keine der 4. Also musst ich das Hörbu...more
Stephanie Bibb
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Simon Aldous
I bought this book after seeing its author Sarwat Chadda speak recently, and have just finished reading it to my eight-year-old son, who was quite gripped by it.

Ash Mistry is on holiday in India with his sister Lucky, staying with their aun(t and archaeologist uncle. As in Gregory Cool, which I have also reviewed, there is a culture clash between the life the protagonist is used to and that of his cultural roots, and Ash is not enjoying his visit.

jv poore
It’s not easy being 13. Ash (Ashoka Mistry), a chubby boy of Indian descent living in England, knows this very well. He is teased because of his weight, his lunch money is stolen; he feels constantly taunted. Actually, this is the easy part. Ash believes that his summer visit with an aunt and uncle in India, accompanied only by his 10 year old sister, Lucky, holds promise. He is mistaken.

The Savage Fortress introduces middle-grade readers to some of the most fascinating Hindu gods and goddesses....more
This book was so much fun! Take a pretty normal summer vacation in India, throw in a some demons, some monsters, just a few gods, and a sizable dash of Indiana Jones and you'll have a pretty good idea of what you are in for when you read this book.

While it is predominantly marketed to boys, it will definitely appeal to many girls as well. Ash is a great (if reluctant) hero: well developed, likable and very much a teenage boy. I liked the supporting cast as well and hope they continue to be devel...more
V.K. Finnish
The book wasn't quite what I was expecting from reading the back cover, but I think 3 stars sums it up: it was a fine one-timer, but I probably won't read it again.

The Savage Fortress is an action book about 13-year-old Ash Mistry and his 10-year-old sister Lucky, who are on a holiday with their aunt and uncle in India. The kids are used to a life of plenty in their regular home in London, and Ash is quickly getting tired of the dust and heat in India. But his life takes a turn into craziness wh...more
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