The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities by Rick Riordan et al

Disclaimer: I received this arc and e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities

Author: Rick Riordan, Carlos Hernandez, Roshani Chokshi, J. C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Sarwat Chadda, and Graci Kim

Book Series: Companion to many Rick Riordan Presents novels

Diversity: Indian, Mesoamerican, Korean, Cuban, Black American, African, Navajo, Mexican, Mesopotamian, and Celtic.

Rating: 5/5

Recommended For…: middle grade readers, fantasy, retellings, mythology

Genre: MG fantasy

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Pages: 496

Recommended Age: 10+ (slight violence, slight gore, some scary moments)

Explanation of CWs: Some moments can be a little scary for younger readers.

Synopsis: A cave monster . . . an abandoned demon . . . a ghost who wants to erase history . . . a killer commandant . . . These are just some of the challenges confronting the young heroes in this highly entertaining anthology.

All but one of the heroes previously starred in a popular book from Rick Riordan Presents. You”ll be reunited with Aru Shah, Zane Obispo, Min the fox spirit, Sal and Gabi, Tristan Strong, Nizhoni Begay, Paola Santiago, Sikander Aziz, and Riley Oh. Who is the new hero? Read Rick Riordan”s short story to find out!

Review: I absolutely loved this story and it’ll definitely be a reread! I loved seeing all my favorite characters and seeing how they’re all interwoven. The character development was amazing, the world building was awesome, and it’s definitely a favorite anthology of mine since I’m a huge fan of the Rick Riordan Presents universe.

The only thing I had issue with is that there were some spoilers for other books, so if you’re not up to date on the stories you might want to get caught up before you read this.

Verdict: It was amazing! Highly recommend.