- US Edition
City of the Plague God
A thrilling and action-packed fantasy based on Mesopotamian mythology; a brilliant addition to Rick Riordan's personally selected and bestselling imprint.
Thirteen year-old Sikander ‘Sik’ Aziz has a frantically busy life working in his parents’ deli in Manhattan after school and on weekends. Sure, he misses game night with his friends, and he wishes Daoud, a vain aspiring actor who is supposed to be an employee, would pull his weight. But Sik is dedicated to keeping his immigrant parents’ American dream alive. After all, there’s no one else they can count on now that their eldest son, Mo, is gone.
Mo loved Iraq, where he was born, and taught Sik all about ancient Mesopotamia and its mythology. As young boys they played at being Gilgamesh, the greatest hero of all time, and Enkidu, his trusty sidekick, battling make-believe monsters till dinner-time. All this role-playing becomes painfully real when Nergal, the ancient god of disease, crashes into his life. Nergal is seeking a treasure he thinks Sik’s brother stole from Iraq, and if he doesn’t get it he will unleash a supernatural plague across New York City, transforming its inhabitants into monsters.
Sik must fight demons, join forces with the goddess Ishtar and her adopted daughter, and venture into the netherworld to save the people he loves, making heart-breaking sacrifices along the way. He must become a hero in his own right or the city is doomed. But is that even possible for someone like him?
USA/Canada: Rick Riordan imprint, Disney-Hyperion
Romania: Grupul Editorial Art
UK/Commonwealth audio: Bolinda
Debuted on the Indies Bestseller list.
Debuted on the PW Children’s Frontlist Bestseller list
Amazon Best Books of 2021 so far … 9-12 age group
One of only 20 titles chosen by Amazon from the first 6 months of 2021.
A first-generation immigrant, Sarwat Chadda has spent a lifetime integrating the best of his Muslim heritage, with the country of his birth. There have been tensions and celebrations, but he’d not wish it any other way.
A life-long gamer, he embraced his passion for over-the-top adventure stories by swapping a twenty-year career in engineering for a new one as a writer. That resulted in his first novel, Devil’s Kiss, back in 2009. Since then he has been published in a dozen languages, writing novels such as the Indian mythology-inspired Ash Mistry series and the Shadow Magic trilogy (as Joshua Khan). While he’s traveled far and wide, he’s most at home in London, with his wife, two daughters, and an aloof cat.