Author: Sarwat Chadda
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Genre: YA, MG, Fantasy, Adventure
Plot Summary: The gods and monsters of India roar to life in this thrilling fantasy!
After three weeks of vacation, Ash Mistry is ready to leave the heat and dust of India behind him. Then he discovers a gleaming gold arrowhead hidden in the sands---a weapon used to defeat evil King Ravana in legend.
At least, Ash is pretty sure it's only a legend . . .
But when Lord Alexander Savage comes after Ash, the legends are suddenly way too real. Savage commands an army of monstrous shapechangers called rakshasas, who want only to seize the arrowhead and restore Ravana to power. As they hunt Ash through magnificent fortresses and brutal deserts, he must learn to work with a powerful rakshasa girl named Parvati, and find the strength within himself to fight on no matter what. Because this isn't just a battle to stop the end of the world. It's a battle to stop the end of reality as we know it.
My thoughts: The Savage Fortress caught my attention soon after its release. Evil kings, shape changers, and young people trying to save the world seemed like an excellent combination. I wasn't disappointed either. Ash and his adventures kept me reading at a furious clip. I'm happy to recommend The Savage Fortress to my fantasy fans.
"His heroes are Prince Rama and the demon-slaying Kali. Isn’t it about time you met them too?" This quote is found in the bio on Sarwat Chadda's blog - and is so true for me. Here in the US, many children (like myself) grow up with the Greek, Roman and even Norse myths and legends, but miss out on those from India. The Ash Mistry series is an excellent opportunity to explore some of that culture and meet new heroes and monsters. For those readers already at home with these personalities, the book is likely even more interesting.
If you haven't started the Ash Mistry series, get on it. You'll be glad you joined the adventure.