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Sequel success: Ash Mistry and the City of Death by Sarwat Chadda

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Ash Mistry and the City of Death by Sarwat Chadda. (Ash Mistry Chronicles ; 2). Published by HarperCollins Childrens Books, 2013. Paperback, 320 pages. ISBN: 9780007447374

Publisher’s synopsis:

Ash Mistry is leading a pretty complicated life. There’s school, his unrequited crush on girl-next-door Gemma… and then there’s the fact that he’s the reincarnation of the great Indian hero Rama, not to mention the small detail that he died last year, and came back as an agent of the goddess of death.

So when the demon servants of the evil Lord Savage come after Gemma in order to get to Ash, you’d think he’d be ready to take them on.

But Lord Savage still has some tricks up his sleeve. And with Gemma out of the picture, the English villain is closer than ever to finding a magical aastra of his own, and the power to rule the world. It’s time for Ash to go up against his enemy once again. Luckily, as the human embodiment of the kali-aastra, Ash can find the weak points in any living thing and kill it. But the key word there is ‘living’. And little does Ash know that Lord Savage has mastered another branch of magic – one which allows him to create whole armies out of un-living stone…

What do I think about this sequel?

This book is fantastic – if anything I found this even better than the first – it’s tighter and expertly paced. Kids that love rip-roaring-seat of your pants adventure will LOVE this: it’s got villains trying to stay immortal but young again, the hindu version of Goloms, demon shark monsters, betrayal, redemption, loss, friendship – but mainly action. This would make a fantastic movie.

My only note of concern….once again publisher’s age recommendation is 9+. This is very violent with LOTS of killing – I recommend this for MATURE 10+  and I would be warning kids/parents/teachers as I talk about it with them. The violence didn’t worry any of my readers of the last book (Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress) as it does seem ‘in context’ with the Hindu myths and legends and also the belief in reincarnation (and Karma). Even so, I don’t want any of my students having nightmares. I loved this – it was awesome!

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Exciting new series for Percy Jackson fans

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Just thought I would share the announcement about a very exciting new series, that should appeal to Rick Riordan & Michelle Paver fans, hungry for more ancient adventure. The first book in this new series “The Colossus rises” will be published by HarperCollins Children’s in February. The stories are based on the seven ancient wonders of the world. Peter Lerangis is an author who has written titles in the popular ‘The 39 Clues’ series (The Sword Thief and The Viper’s Nest) and one book in The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers series (The Dead of Night).

From Goodreads on “the Colossus – book 1”:

The day after twelve-year-old Jack McKinley is told he only has months to live, he awakens on a mysterious island, where a secret organization promises to save his life-with one condition. With his three friends, Jack must lead a mission to retrieve seven lost magical orbs, which can save their lives only when combined together. The challenge: The orbs have been missing for thousands of years, somewhere in the ruins of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. With no one else to turn to and no escape in sight, the four kids have no choice but to undertake the quest. First stop: The Colossus of Rhodes.

View the exciting book trailer:

Website and free ebook download:

The website for the series is full of extra content, videos and an interactive map of the seven wonders. Explore it hereread about the first book and explore the link to download a free PDF or EPUB prequel novella “The select” here.

“From the lost journals of the Seven Wonders saga comes the story of Burt Wenders—one of the first of the chosen kids to be marked as “The Select.” In this thrilling prequel to Book 1, delve into the mystery and the magic of Seven Wonders, the brand-new adventure series from Peter Lerangis, the bestselling author of several books in the 39 Clues series.

It’s the year 1894, and thirteen-year-old Burt and his father are on an archaeological expedition gone wrong. After a tumultuous voyage, Burt, his father, and the remaining crew find themselves stranded on what seems to be a deserted island. That is, seems to be deserted until Burt starts hearing music that no one else can hear . . . and blacking out with no explanation. Maybe there is something to Burt’s father’s expedition after all? All but tortured by his surroundings, Burt ventures to find out. He can only hope to survive.”

High praise from Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series “A high-octane mix of modern adventure and ancient secrets, The Colossus Rises is Lerangis’s most gripping work yet. Young readers will love this story. I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Seven Wonders series!” 

What do I think about this book?: 

If you love the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series, then this will appeal to you. I will review the book fully once it is published and will definitely be ordering this for our library!

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