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Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress

I am a huge Percy Jackson nerd. I love the mythology, the action, and Rick Riordan’s corny jokes (and even his Rick-hangers, as they’re called). So imagine my excitement when a book series comes along that has all the action and adventure of Percy Jackson but is set in India, the homeland of my parents.

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress is the first book in the Ash Mistry Chronicles, and it is like Percy Jackson but with Hindu mythology. The story follows Ash, a 13-year-old British-born Indian kid. He and his younger sister have been in India on vacation for three weeks, visiting their professor uncle, and Ash can’t take it anymore. He wants to get back to his friends in England and leave the heat and the strangeness behind him.

That’s when he meets his uncle’s mysterious employer, Lord Savage, who isn’t quite what he seems. Then he discovers a golden arrowhead gleaming in the sand, possibly the same golden arrowhead used to defeat the evil king of the demons, Ravana, a millennium ago.

Savage will do anything to get that arrowhead from Ash, including sending out his demonic minions, who want nothing more than to resurrect the terrifying Ravana and take over the world. Ash must learn to be a warrior as he fights alongside his newfound friends and teachers to save the world.

All this while dealing with crushes, growing up, and bullies, just like any 13-year-old.

No big deal, right?

I really enjoyed this book (and now I can’t wait for the next one). There’s something for everyone, and it’s a nice way to introduce a new perspective to kids. The author, Sarwat Chadda, does an amazing job keeping the story accessible and exciting.

So if you (like me) are waiting and waiting for the next Heroes of Olympus book—ahem, Mr. Riordan—then this is a great new series to pick up! You can find Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda in Arrow November.

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