Friday, 9 March 2012

An Interesting Question!

On a high school visit last week, I was asked an interesting question. It went something like this.
Are children's authors competitive with each other?
It was quite gratifying to be able to reply with a negative. To my mind, it's quite a supportive relationship that we have. Not just socially, either. If someone has read Mortlock and the Demon Collector and are waiting with baited breath for The Bonehill Curse, then what better way to fill that aching void with something in the same genre? A little Chris Priestley, perhaps or something by Curtis Jobling? Maybe one of Barry Hutchinson's creepy Invisible Fiends or an offering from Tommy Donbavand?

Or maybe Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress? This is the start of a new series by Sarwat Chadda and having read it in one sitting, I can thoroughly recommend it. There are demons and ancient gods. There's action galore and a hero so recogniseable and ordinary (to begin with) that you're cheering him on from the start!

Mr Chadda always writes a breat-taking action scene and in Savage Fortress, he excels but the seeds are sown for some scary and fascinating character development too. I suggest you have a go at Ash Mistry. It'll put you in the mood for some adventure with an Eastern, exotic tinge... The Bonehill Curse, perhaps!

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