Bound To Stay Bound

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 City of death
 Author: Chadda, Sarwat

 Publisher:  Scholastic (2013)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 329 p.,  21 cm.

 BTSB No: 204208 ISBN: 9780545385183
 Ages: 10-14 Grades: 5-9

 Demonology -- Fiction
 Supernatural -- Fiction
 East Indians -- Great Britain -- Fiction
 London (England) -- Fiction
 England -- Fiction
 India -- Fiction

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British schoolboy Ash Mistry, the reincarnation of the great Indian hero Ashoka and an agent of the goddess of death, faces the evil Lord Savage again after the villain sends his minions to capture Gemma, Ash's unrequited crush.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.90
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 162053
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 4.20
   Points: 20.0   Quiz: 60764

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School Library Journal - 01/01/2014 Gr 8 Up—In this sequel to The Savage Fortress (Scholastic, 2012), Ash is back at school in England, his days as a killing machine channeling the goddess Kali's spirit fading from memory. But he is still not safe from insatiably power-hungry Lord Savage. When Ash's friend Parvati shows up in London, the carnage recommences, as Ash is forced yet again into the role of superhero, doomed to save the world. Savage is after the Koh-I-Noor diamond, the aastra that will allow him to conquer the fourth dimension. Forced into a hasty battle on Guy Fawkes Night, Ash's friend and crush, Gemma, tragically becomes collateral damage. In his anguish at her murder, Ash makes a deadly error, teaming up with Savage in the hope that he can turn back time and restore Gemma to life. Gruesome battles ensue, fought with monsters of stone, with rakshasas, and with magical architectural traps that will flay skin and melt bone; battles fought on cliffs, on the streets of London, in the Indian countryside, and finally in the ancient underwater kingdom of Ravana. Chadda again shows his flair as a storyteller, weaving ancient Hindi mythology into the present-day story of a teenager miserably torn between his destiny as the savior of the world and his wish to be a normal kid with a girlfriend. It is his wish for normalcy, and for his innocent girlfriend's cruel death to be undone, that very nearly destroys him. It is this so-human dilemma that saves this book from the otherwise relentless violence. When Ash returns to London in the final chapter, readers know immediately that the ultimate battle is yet to come and will be longing for the next installment in the series.—Jane Barrer, United Nations International School, New York City - Copyright 2014 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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