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City of the Plague God: The Adventures of Sik Aziz, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Action-packed tale of Middle East myths, magic, monsters.

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The mythology of the Middle East rarely inspires fiction for teens, but this action-packed tale based on Mesopotamian folklore will likely please a wide range of young adult readers. In City of the Plague God, author Sarwat Chadda puts an original spin on Middle Eastern monsters, gods, and demons, finding both intense suspense and dark humor in nearly every scene. Sik is an appealing protagonist: realistically cautious when dealing with supernatural menaces, but determined to rescue his family. The novel seems timely and self-contained, focused on telling a compelling story rather than on setting the stage for a too-long fantasy saga. Readers who want something different from the usual zombies, vampires, and shape-shifters will relish City of the Plague God.

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