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The Savage Fortress (Ash Mistry Chronicles #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  675 ratings  ·  133 reviews
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…


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Published February 26th 2013 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published May 1st 2012)
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Rick Riordan
Sarwat Chadda does a fantastic job bringing Hindu folklore into the modern world, especially the most famous tale, and my personal favorite: the Ramayana. Ash Mistry travels with his family from London to India to stay with relatives while his father consults on a strange archaeological dig. Soon, Ash discovers that demons and gods are alive and well, and he is called upon to save the world from the rise of the Demon King Ravana. Super fun adventure story where myth meets modern, Indian style!
I finished this book a little while ago and simply forgot to mark it, but on the whole? This was an excellent MG book, and reading it gives much more context for events for the second book "The City of Death." I love the Ash Minstry series and can't wait to read more of it. The mythology, action sequences, humor - all of it really intrigued me throughout the story.

Review to come.
This is an Indian version of Percy Jackson and the Greek Gods, and Rick Riordan's GR review of the book is excellent. 13-year old Ash Mistry discovers he has extraordinary power and finds himself trying to defeat the reanimation of the demon king Ravana, battling a wealthy British businessman and his demon helpers. I liked Ash best when he was being trained by the beggars, and when he was lusting after the serpent woman because it made him feel like a normal person.
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
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
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I first became acquainted with Sarwat Chadda when I read Devil's Kiss, and I knew he was an author I wanted to follow. Chadda has switched gears slightly, writing for the MG/Juvenile group with this series, and with a male lead. He has also set his book in India, I believe that he was drawing in some degree from his own heritage. With The Savage Fortress, Mr. Chadda has written an involving read quite full of darkness and danger, and incredible heroism at its center.

General Synopsis

Ash Mistry is
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
'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
I learned a lot about indian folklore while reading this.

Indian folklore is TERRIFYING.
Before I picked up this book, I knew almost nothing of Indian/Hindu mythology. I was hardly aware of its existence, because I'm used to reading about Roman, Greek, and Egyptian mythology. Nevertheless, I was fascinated by the new concept.
The author explains aspects of mythology very well to a novice. The new terms were explained and shown so I was not confused. Some of the names of the deities were odd, but the author kept them distinct for the most part.
This book has a very interesting and fast
Dark Faerie Tales
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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
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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
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.
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
Nathan Su'A-Chang
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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.
I liked this book. It's fast paced - a thriller for sure - but maybe not my best choice for a book club book. The body count is pretty high and fairly detailed for the Reading Level and, with some understanding of the particular flavor of Hinduism that has a strong presence in this book, I know that's not a huge problem. Death isn't death per say. Reincarnation and rebirth are possible.

That being said, reading this with American 5th graders that don't quite get that was a little rough. "Scary".
A fun combination of adventure, magic and Hindu culture.
Ash's summer vacation quickly turns into a disaster of epic proportion after his uncle got a job offer from a very powerful and rich man Mr. Savage. Things picked up really fast and rolled down hill until Ash met his destiny and came out a completely different boy.

I love that there was a lot about Hindu deities but it didn't feel like info dump. I've always been fascinated by the goddess Kali and I loved that she ended up playing a signific
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT dismiss this book as another Percy Jackson. While the genre may be similar in that they both have mythology (although they are different types of mythology, so they are different) the books have VERY different plots. If you read and enjoyed the Percy Jackson series as I did, you will not be bored and you will not find this book repetitive.

To be honest, I didn't have very high hopes for this book. I was expecting an exact copy of Percy Jackson, just with different
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.
Misty Iputi
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 world. The book is all about the what and how the boy and his little sister deal with the issues and creatures.

One look at the cover and I was already thinking I wanted to read this book without reading what it was about. Infact, I do not believe I read what the book was about until I was through and ready to write this
C. L.
So... I'm not sure how I feel about this book. To (profoundly) simplify, it's the Hindu version of Percy Jackson, and my Euro-centric mythology education made it pretty difficult for me to follow the plot. I'm very curious about how it would work for those who *are* familiar with the lore. As it stands, the writing is decent, the characters get stronger as they go on, and the plot is, erm, gruesome. (Lots of viscera here, folks.) I can't help but feel I would have really liked it if I'd known mo ...more
The story: When Ash Mistry went to visit family in India, he never dreamed that the demons and ghosts of ancient Indian mythology could possibly be real. He never dreamed that he could have a personal connection to the great Indian warrior Rama--or that the connection would extend to the most evil creature of all time: the demon king, Ravana. But just because you don't know something doesn't mean it can't hurt you…

June Cleaver's ratings: Language PG; Nudity G; Sexual content PG; Violence PG-13;
Guinevere Thomas
So Libby is immersing herself in the world that is "Percy Jackson." Have to say Im a little jealous, because she knows Im a big fantasy buff, especially with the YA category. While Im attracted to the series, what steers me from it for the time being, is that it takes until the "Heroes of Olympus" for characters of color to be a main focus.

I was looking for a book series that gave me people of color of my heroes now!

It just so happened, as my sister was reading it, she fell upon this after rese
Maddy Churchhouse
Real rating: 2.5

This book was such a disappointment.

I love Sarwat Chadda, because Devil's Kiss is one of my all time favourite urban fantasy novels. So when I picked up this book I was so excited. Another PoC protagonist and use of Hindu mythology? How cool is that?! This book should have been awesome.

...It was rubbish.

Okay, so it's aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. But I love kids stories! And this one was literally so predictable that I almost cried. Structure wise, it didn't hang together at all; i
3.5 stars

This was a fun and quick read that dipped into Indian mythology. Regarding its accuracy I wouldn't be able to tell, but I did enjoy the different setting and different mythology set. I do think that fans of Percy Jackson would enjoy this book, but I would list this more as a "tween" book than children's, due to the violence. In comparison to Harry Potter where the characters age with the readers (at least when it was first released), Ash is thirteen and there is a lot of gore in this bo
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
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Sarwat Chadda has lived and traveled throughout the world, from China to Guatemala. He’s been lost in Mongolia, abandoned at a volcano in Nicaragua and hidden up a tree from a rhino in Nepal. Not to mention being detained by Homeland Security in the US and chased around Tibet by the Chinese police. Maybe he just has that sort of face.

Anyway, now he’s trying to settle in one place and stay out of t
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Ash Mistry Chronicles (3 books)
  • Ash Mistry and the City of Death (Ash Mistry Chronicles, #2)
  • Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness (Ash Mistry Chronicles, #3)
Devil's Kiss (Devil's Kiss, #1) Dark Goddess (Devil's Kiss, #2) Ash Mistry and the City of Death (Ash Mistry Chronicles, #2) Ash Mistry and the World of Darkness (Ash Mistry Chronicles, #3) Untitled (The 39 Clues: Doublecross, #4)

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