August 30, 2021

ARC REVIEW: City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda

City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Format: eARC/Hardback
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (Rick Riordan Presents)

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Every addition to the Rick Riordan Presents imprint brings something special and unique into the world, and this is no different.

Sarwat Chadda does not disappoint in bringing the mythology of Mesopotamia to a more modern audience. This is a great book, with talking swords, mythical cats, and a rotten villain (quite literally rotting). It brings both adventure and an emotional depth that isn’t common in stories written to a middle-grade audience. The struggle to find one's identity, and to be true to both the place of your birth and your new home is one that's so important and relevant in today's world.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves middle-grade adventure stories with elements of fantasy and mythology. This is definitely a good choice for anyone who connects to Percy Jackson, as Sik reminds me a lot of Percy. Both unlikely heroes, who didn’t really give much thought to the idea of myths coming to life until they were staring it in the face. They just want to be normal kids, but unfortunately, fate has different plans.

As a side note, I really love how this imprint gives a platform and representation to backgrounds that are not normally presented to such a wide audience. I hope this becomes a series instead of staying as a stand-alone novel.

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Publishing for my e-ARC. I appreciate it immensely!

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