Ash Mistry and the City of Death begins with the hero of the tale troubled by his new found powers and trying to learn his place in the world. He has a crush on his schoolmate Gemma and is trying to work up the courage to make an advance on her. However, the past encroaches on the present in the form of Parvati, who comes to Ash for help. It turns out that Ash’s old enemy Savage is trying to get his hands on the Koh-i-noor, a special jewel that, once awakened, will give him the power to rule the world. As the past destroys his present life, Ash is led back to India in pursuit of the stone and Savage. His friendships and alliances change, all of his relationships are tested, he struggles to come to terms with his own identity as his past lives return and attempt to reclaim back his soul.
The second instalment of the Ash Mistry series is captivating from the first page to the finish. Unlikely allies and enemies provide surprises, the depth of Ash is considerably increased by the troubles he experiences. We come up closer to Savage who is more fleshed out. We understand the demons better.
The book reworks familiar themes. It is again centred around the theme of death and Savage’s quest for immortality. The concept of the hero is critically examined. In the first book, Ash didn’t know if he could be a hero. Here, he finds out what it really means to be a hero, to fail again and again until the final win comes.
There is better dialogue than the first book and some new faces amongst the familiar characters. The second instalment is much more assured than the first. It really was a pleasure to read and I am looking forward to the third instalment.