Review: City of the Plague God

Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Publishing Worldwide for this free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

City of the Plague God is available 1/12/21! 🙂

In Sarwat Chadda’s City of the Plague God, all 13-year old Sik wants is to lead his normal life of going to school and working in his family’s deli. However, his life is changed for good when Nergal, ancient Mesopotamian god of war and plague, descends upon New York City and hunt down Sik, believing he holds the key to immortality. In order to defeat Nergal and save the city, Sik has to team up with some new friends (including the daughter of a goddess and an ancient hero) and discover his own power.

Okay, this one felt so different (in a GREAT way) from other Rick Riordan Presents books I have read this year. It felt more intense and the fact that a plague is released upon NYC feels oddly…timely. (Thank goodness our current Covid situation is NOTHING like what happens in this book.) I loved that this one centered both around ancient Mesopotamian mythology as well as Sik’s experience as a Muslim-American. I don’t want to give too much away, but I am looking forward to another book in this series (and hoping there is one!) because I am so curious about Sik’s “power” and how it will affect his life. I couldn’t quite get comfortable with Belet, and I’m wondering if that was intentional, but I loved all of the other characters!

Obviously, I recommend this one! This is for fans of mythology, middle-grade reads, and adventures.

Today is my last day before winter break and I am SO excited! Keep reading all!

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