CITY OF THE PLAGUE GOD BY SARWAT CHADDA
Genre: MG, Fantasy, Mythology
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Rating: 4.34 stars
Summary: Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents CITY OF THE PLAGUE GOD, an adventure based on ancient Mesopotamian mythology written by Sarwat Chadda, author of the Ash Mistry series. Characters from the Epic of Gilgamesh populate this high-stakes contemporary adventure in which all of Manhattan is threatened by the ancient god of plagues.
Thirteen-year-old Sik wants a simple life going to school and helping at his parents’ deli in the evenings. But all that is blown to smithereens when Nergal comes looking for him, thinking that Sik holds the secret to eternal life.Turns out Sik is immortal but doesn’t know it, and that’s about to get him and the entire city into deep, deep trouble.
Sik’s not in this alone. He’s got Belet, the adopted daughter of Ishtar, the goddess of love and war, on his side, and a former hero named Gilgamesh, who has taken up gardening in Central Park. Now all they have to do is retrieve the Flower of Immortality to save Manhattan from being wiped out by disease. To succeed, they’ll have to conquer sly demons, treacherous gods, and their own darkest nightmares.
Sikander is a regular boy who helps his parents in their deli, Mo’s (named after his deceased brother). Everything in his life is normal until one day demons come to the deli and destroy it. After that his world becomes upside down, his parents are suddenly sick and he discovers ancient Mesopotamian gods as Nergal and Ishtar do exist and somehow he is in the middle of their battle. Can he save Manhattan before it is destroyed?
First of all i want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange of my honest opinion.
What can i say about this book? It was GREAT. Okay, let’s start there. It has great representation of poc characters, which is a blessing because normally you’ll get to see people from Iraqi as the bad guys but here you get to see them as normal people, honest people who just wanted to have a better life for their family. It brought me to tears once or twice while reading the book seeing such great represenation.
The book reads quickly, it entertaining and easy to read. The story never get boring, because something is happening all the time. You can see the author, Sarwat, didn’t run out of ideas while writing it.
It really reminded me of the books of Rick Riordan which makes sense, without the main character having to be perfect of the son of someone to be a hero. His friends, Belet and Daoud are badasses as much as he is, I totally loved the three of them, especially Belet who was a strong character and for me full of fire.
I did fell like i missed a bit hearing a little more about the Mesopotamian Mythology, but it was good for a first book. I know the author said it was written as a standalone, with the option of continuing, so please, let the author write more stories about these characters and this world because we deserve this kind of books.
I won’t get into the story much becuase i don’t wanna spoil anything, but let’s say there were some very emotional moments i absolutely adored.
The book it’s about adventure, sure, but also about friendship, loss, overcoming loss and familiar love.
I totally recommend it to people who like this kind of adventure books, because it is totally worth it. I gave it 4 stars just because i missed the mythology being a little more explained.
I hope you guys give the book a chance and enjoy it as much as i did!
The book release is January 12th, so have this book in mind while you go buy some new books!
Happy Readings ♥