Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress

Ash Mistry finds himself in deep danger when he spends a summer in India, encountering hideous demonic creatures and Lord Savage's ultimate plan to destroy the world! Named by USBBY as an 'Outstanding International Novel' in 2013.

Ashoka Mistry – better known as Ash – is a 14-year-old Londoner. And he hates India. Which is a problem since his parents have sent him (with little sister Lucky) to spend the summer with family in Varanasi. It seems like a dream come true when mysterious Lord Savage offers Ash’s uncle the job opportunity of a lifetime, deciphering some ancient scrolls – and hands over a cheque for £2 million in advance. But Ash already knows something is very wrong at Savage Palace and that the aristocrat’s sinister henchmen are not quite what they seem. After all, do bodyguards generally sprout claws and fangs – or have a nasty habit of transforming into massive crocodiles? These guys are rakshashas – aka demons – and the Mistry family is in deep trouble.

Ash wants to believe all will be fine – the imagination can play strange tricks, right? But when he falls into an unexcavated hole in the desert, hurting his hand on a ancient, golden arrowhead, Ash begins to realize the stakes are even higher than he thought. Touched now by Kali, the goddess of death (whose arrow it is), and with his relatives murdered, Ash finds himself in a desperate battle to stop Savage’s masterplan – the opening of the legendary Iron Gates that have kept Ravanna, the demon king, at bay for four millennia. With Parvati – a beautiful demon cobra-girl who just happens to be Ravanna’s daughter (she never did get on with her dad) – by his side, Ash’s journey will not only take him into the heart of darkness, but also on a quest to understand his own identity and the hero within himself.

Rights details

UK/Commonwealth/English-language Europe: HarperCollins UK (Spring 2012)

USA/Canada: Publishing as THE SAVAGE FORTRESS: Arthur Levine Books, Scholastic USA (Fall 2012)

Germany: Loewe

Good news

Starred Review from School Library Journal

“Make time for this novel, because it is very hard to put down.”

Hillingdon Book of the Year Award 2012

Shortlisted for this UK regional award, given by the Schools Library Service.

The Author

Sarwat Chadda

SARWAT CHADDA is a New York Times bestselling, Indie bestselling, and Publishers Weekly Frontlist bestselling author of the City of the Plague God duology, the Spiritstone Saga, the Ash Mistry trilogy, the Shadow Magic trilogy, and the Devil’s Kiss duology, as well as works with Star Wars, 39 Clues, Spirit Animals, and Minecraft. Sarwat is a first generation Muslim immigrant of South Asian descent who loves writing over-the-top adventures. His work has received numerous starred reviews, is a Goodreads Choice Best Middle Grade Award Nominee, and is an Amazon Best Book of the Year winner. He has been published in over a dozen languages. Outside of novels, he’s written plays, comic books and tv shows, including The Legend of Hanuman for Disney Hotstar. Sarwat lives in London, UK.

Feel free to drop him a line on Twitter at @sarwatchadda, Instagram at @sarwat_chadda, and visit him at

Sarwat is represented by Chelsea Eberly.

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