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The Adventures of Sik Aziz

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?



“There will be tears and snarky jokes. I can also guarantee you will not want the adventure to end. I know I didn’t!” ―Rick Riordan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series

“City of the Plague God is not to be missed. It shines with comedy, drips with menace, and oozes with authenticity. Another outrageously readable winner from Rick Riordan Presents.” ―Eoin Colfer, internationally bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series

Bold, brave, and full of surprises! I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Chadda balances an action-packed story with his trademark humor and a deft handling of Sik’s immigrant identity that feels relevant and important in today’s world.” ―Natasha Ngan, author of the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire series

Rights details

USA/Canada: Rick Riordan imprint, Disney-Hyperion
Romania: Grupul Editorial Art
France: Bayard
Germany: Ravensburger
Iran: Porteghaal
UK/Commonwealth audio: Bolinda

Good news

Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection

Goodread’s Choice Best Middle Grade Book Nominee

Amazon Best Book of the Year 2021

An Indie Bestseller

A PW Children’s Frontlist Bestseller

The Author

Sarwat Chadda

SARWAT CHADDA is a New York Times bestselling, Indie bestselling, and Publishers Weekly Frontlist bestselling author of the City of the Plague God duology, the Spiritstone Saga, the Ash Mistry trilogy, the Shadow Magic trilogy, and the Devil’s Kiss duology, as well as works with Star Wars, 39 Clues, Spirit Animals, and Minecraft. Sarwat is a first generation Muslim immigrant of South Asian descent who loves writing over-the-top adventures. His work has received numerous starred reviews, is a Goodreads Choice Best Middle Grade Award Nominee, and is an Amazon Best Book of the Year winner. He has been published in over a dozen languages. Outside of novels, he’s written plays, comic books and tv shows, including The Legend of Hanuman for Disney Hotstar. Sarwat lives in London, UK.

Feel free to drop him a line on Twitter at @sarwatchadda, Instagram at @sarwat_chadda, and visit him at sarwatchadda.com.

Sarwat is represented by Chelsea Eberly.

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