City of the Plague God

Sarwat Chadda

fiction fantasy middle grade
adventurous fast-paced

290 pages | first published 2021

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.

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adventurous 96%
emotional 66%
funny 46%
hopeful 43%
inspiring 20%
lighthearted 16%
tense 10%
challenging 6%
dark 6%
mysterious 6%
reflective 6%
informative 3%
sad 3%


fast 65%
medium 31%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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