Friday, June 28, 2013

The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda read by Bruce Mann

Ash is on vacation in India and looking forward to returning home.  He certainly didn't expect to get involved with gods, rakshasas (shapeshifters) and a man seeking immortality.  Now he's not even sure he'll live long enough to get back to England...

Random House/Listening Library sent me a copy of the audio book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check wherever you buy audio books to get a copy now.

This is written for middle graders but I'd be a bit cautious about that guideline.  The story includes death and horrific attacks by monsters.  It's very exciting but it could also give you nightmares.  Consider yourself warned.

When Ash finds a gold arrowhead and takes it with him, he has no idea what he has set in motion.  Lord Savage wants his Uncle to translate a very old language for him; when the Uncle refuses, he kills him and his wife.  The children escape, but Ash isn't prepared to fight monsters.  Nor is he sure how to protect Lucky, his little sister.  He's taken in by an old man with powers who puts them a safe house; but Ash doesn't want to stay there.

This is a good read with a history lesson about the legends of India.  Mr. Mann does an excellent job with all the various voices and I love his English accent.  Mr. Chadda makes Ash a well intentioned young man who makes mistakes, just like real people do.  Instead of surrendering the gold arrowhead, he fights back.

If you're looking for an action packed story that will keep you reading (or listening), look no further.  This one will do it for you.

Happy reading.

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