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Great fantasy for 8+,
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This review is from: Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress (The Ash Mistry Chronicles, Book 1) (Paperback)
I am rather irritated that this is marketed so heavily as being for boys. Why? It's a great, exciting, fun read, wonderful to see a British Asian protagonist and fantasy from a non-European tradition. Why should it be assumed that girls won't like it too?
Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress opens with the slightly podgy and geeky Ashoka (Ash) Mistry and his little sister Lucky on holiday visiting their aunt and uncle in Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges. He and Lucky accompany his aunt and uncle to a party at the home of the wealthy and eccentric Lord Savage. While there, Ash witnesses some creepy events, and his uncle being offered a huge sum to do some translation of ancient texts.
However after a terrible accident befalls his aunt and uncle, Ash and Lucky find themselves on the run from Lord Savage and the demons in league with him. Helped by a sadhu and a shape shifting girl called Parvati, they must stop Lord Savage before he unleashes a terrible evil.
I loved this book. It reads very well, with vivid descriptions and plenty of excitement and peril (and gore!). Ash is a likable character, not as smart-alecky as characters like Artemis Fowl and Otto Malpense from the Mark Walden's H.I.V.E, but I think Ash would appeal to fans of those series, as well as to Skulduggery Pleasant's. I can see readers 8-12 eagerly reading Ash, and longing for more! Highly recommended.