Fury of the Dragon Goddess by Sarwat Chadda

While on vacation in London, Sikander Aziz gets his hands on the mythic tablet of destinies. Naturally Sik uses it to get his brother Mo back among the living. His wish is granted, but at a terrible cost. Sik’s troubles multiply a billionfold when the tablet is stolen by the elder god of insanity, Lugal, who brings back Tiamat, the great chaos dragon and mother of all monsters. 

Hey quick question: have you read City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda? If you have great news you are ready to read Fury of the Dragon Goddess also by Sarwat. If you haven’t, put a pin in this review and hunt down a copy of City of the Plague God because you definitely want it under your belt before you pick up Fury…

Anyway way back at the beginning of April I (very cheekily) asked Sarwat to put in a good word for me with his publisher in the hope of scoring an ARC of Fury of the Dragon Goddess for a number of reasons, firstly he is a phenomenal author and I have loved his works since the Templar Chronicle days (although for my money his Ash Mistry trilogy were the ones that sealed my love of his writing), secondly it is the second book from him that is being published under the Rick Riordan Presents imprint – and forget all about any small recommendation I could possibly make because if you see RR Presents on the cover you KNOW it is going to be beyond amazing. Also I have read City of the Plague God and knew that if there was a chance at picking up the continuing adventures of Sikander Aziz early that I had to take it.

Let me tell you that I did not, and do not regret taking this chance!

Fury of the Dragon Goddess is one of those books that once you start reading it it demands your complete attention. Sarwat has melded Mesopotamian mythology with contemporary action, Islam, the ethics of modern museum collections – I am pretty sure some fans of the British Museum will get their noses put well and truly out of joint (no bad thing really) I laughed out loud at a joke at the expense of of the sticky-fingered nature of British imperialism.

In a world where Muslims are usually portrayed as anonymous, fundamentalist antagonists it is refreshing to have positive portrayals of characters from West Asia. Sikander is a decidedly unheroic hero, preferring to eschew violence as a first resort and instead relying on dialogue and the spirit of compromise before reaching (reluctantly) for weapons and even then preferring to lean on the skills of his friends and allies but being unafraid to throw down if the situation calls for it!

As I get older I have noticed a change in my preferences in reading material, I tend to gravitate more towards books that celebrate family, friendship and standing together against sometimes unthinkable odds instead of books celebrating lone wolf antiheroes willing “to do what needs to be done” to achieve their aims.

Fury of the Dragon Goddess has, if not all the things you are looking for in a book, then at least most of them! Don’t believe me? Check this out:

Positive Representation (religion, ethnicity, etc): check

Mythology: check

Action: check

Ethics: check

Strong female protagonists: check

Positive portrayals of family: check

Look, this list has the potential to go on for ages, but all you need to know is that this book has mass appeal for readers of most ages – you will not regret picking it up (either your own copy or from your local library!), it may turn out to be the best book you read this year!

Trust me I am a librarian!

Fury of the Dragon Goddess by Sarwat Chadda is published by Rick Riordan Presents and will be available from all quality purveyors of books from August 1st 2023.

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