Authors are Rockstars Tour: Sarwat Chadda

Posted August 12, 2012 by Stacey in Author Guest Post, Blog, Uncategorized / 28 Comments

We are SUPER excited to host Sarwat Chadda for the Authors are Rockstars Blog Tour!  I’ve been a big Sarwat fan since reading his first book, Devil’s Kiss.  He’s a great story teller and his stories are fresh and full of culture and history that makes you want to delve into the worlds.  Today we’re featuring his newest hero, Ash Mistry from his up-coming book The Savage Fortress, out in October from Scholastic.

Be sure to check out our other posts featuring Sarwat including interviews and reviews!  

The gods and monsters of India roar to life in this thrilling fantasy!

After three weeks of vacation, Ash Mistry is ready to leave the heat and dust of India behind him. Then he discovers a gleaming gold arrowhead hidden in the sands—a weapon usfed to defeat evil King Ravana in legend.

At least, Ash is pretty sure it’s only a legend . . .

But when Lord Alexander Savage comes after Ash, the legends are suddenly way too real. Savage commands an army of monstrous shapechangers called rakshasas, who want only to seize the arrowhead and restore Ravana to power. As they hunt Ash through magnificent fortresses and brutal deserts, he must learn to work with a powerful rakshasa girl named Parvati, and find the strength within himself to fight on no matter what. Because this isn’t just a battle to stop the end of the world. It’s a battle to stop the end of reality as we know it.

No pressure.

Check out the book trailer:

What I did on my holidays by Ash Mistry

My idea of a perfect holiday is to be at home, inside, playing computer games with my mates. Every day. If Mum and Dad could deliver McD’s to my room without disturbing ANYTHING, that would be even better. If they could take my sister, Lucky, somewhere far far away (preferably another galaxy) then that would be BEST.

When I have my own place that is how I will spend my holidays.

Sadly, my parents make the rules right now.

Now I’m not saying it wasn’t a great idea (after all, it was mine), but my summer in India with Uncle Vik and Aunt Anita did not turn out quite as expected. At any level. Sure, I expected it to be hot, but not the sort of hot where you can feel your brain boiling in its own fluids within your skull. I expected crowds, but not quite so many demons. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

So, me, Lucky (sister, ten and quite irritating and way too smart for her own good) were shipped off to spend the summer with our relatives in Varanasi. Now if you’ve never been to Varanasi it’s like being in an Indiana Jones movie for real. Ancient palaces, old, gloomy temples, cows wandering the streets and monks and mystics and funeral pyres on the river and crocodiles and vultures. The first couple of days were pretty awesome, exploring the old city and checking out the ice cream shops. But then Uncle Vik got a gig with Lord Savage. And that’s when, literally, all hell broke loose.

Lord Savage owns Varanasi. He’s got a huge fortress down the river, and he’s been around centuries. I know, insane, right? He has servants and I don’t mean the Downtown Abbey sort who polish the silver and pour tea, but the sort of servants quite happy to rip your arms out of their sockets and eat your face. Demons, or rakshasas as they’re called in sunny India. Mayar is massive, all jagged teeth and crocodile appetite. Jackie is a half-human half-jackal nightmare with a taste for little girls (raw) and Jat is the one who dines out on people’s eyes. These are not good people, people! They all work for Savage and would do anything for him.


Savage is planning to bring back their boss from the dead. The rakshasas have only one boss, the biggest bad of them all, Ravana, the demon king. This guy once enslaved the gods themselves, so him returning to Earth is a very bad thing indeed.

And who do you think was given the job of stopping him? Yeah, that would be me.

Now, I’m not saying I did it all by myself, I did have some help. There was Rishi, spindly old beggar with a gift for shooting lightning bolts out of his eyes and all sorts of martial art mischief and then I had quite a lot of help from a girl called Parvati.

I know what you’re thinking, summer romance and all that. Especially with me being so good looking. But Parvati is in that ‘Do Not Mess With’ box all by herself. She may only look 14 but she’s been around for thousands of years and has killed so many men she’s classed as a ‘near-extinction event’. Oh, and she happens to be Ravana’s daughter.

So, instead of having a truly chillin’ time with my mates playing Assassin’s Creed and GTA all summer, stuffing my face with burgers and ice cream I spent it being hunted by monsters, battling a psycho immortal sorcerer and facing off the greatest demon of all time.

But I did get to save the world. Which was nice.


Sarwat is providing us with a signed copy of The Savage Fortress (Ash Mistry Chronicles #1) to giveaway!

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28 responses to “Authors are Rockstars Tour: Sarwat Chadda

  1. Oh I loved this stop on the tour. I totally want to meet Ash Mistry. I loved being introduced to him through this story of his holidays and it's made me so curious to see just what happens to him in his series.

    Thank you for hosting this amazing author for the tour and for sharing your love of him and his books!

  2. Stay out of the heat with a good indie book!
    Also, family BBQ's! 😀
    Chadda has a short story coming out in Two and Twenty Dark Tales : Dark Retellings of Mother Goose.
    I snagged a copy from Netgalley. Really great stories! I especially enjoyed his though.
    This looks like a great book!
    Thanks for the giveaway! You guys are the best!

  3. Catching up on my reading, reading my favorite middle grade novels, or spending time with family. It has been super crazy this summer, because we had pretty much a full house, lots of tension sometimes. But we are ending the summer on a good note so, it's been fun.


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