Review: ‘The Cursed Carnival’ is a Fantastic Anthology of Adventures With Your Favorite Rick Riordan Presents Characters

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If you’ve ever wished that you could go on another adventure with your favorite characters from the incredible Rick Riordan Presents imprint (and a new one from Rick himself), then The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities is the book for you. Dubbed “the multiverse mansion” in the introduction, this is truly a mansion full of adventure with your favorite characters behind every door.

Throughout the pages of this book, fans of the imprint will once again join their favorite heroes including Aru Shah, Zane Obispo, Min the fox spirit, Sal and Gabi, Gum Baby, Nizhoni Begay, Paola Santiago, Sikander Aziz, and Riley Oh. As if that’s not enough, you’ll also meet a brand new hero from Rick Riordan himself steeped in Celtic mythology.

Ten bestselling and award-winning authors contributed to this collection: Roshani Chokshi, J.C. Cervantes, Yoon Ha Lee, Carlos Hernandez, Kwame Mbalia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Sarwat Chadda, Graci Kim, and Rick Riordan, who also served as the editor.

I truly could not pick a favorite tale if you asked me to, every story feels like a reunion with a friend where we once again face a cave monster or a ghost who wants to erase history. Anyone who has read novels from within the Rick Riordan Presents list will find something to enjoy here. New challenges await your young heroes in this highly engaging anthology.

Reading The Cursed Carnival feels like taking a trip around the world from the comfort of your own home. The cultures represented in this anthology include: Indian, Mesoamerican, Korean, Cuban, Black American, African, Navajo, Mexican, Mesopotamian, and Celtic. Where else will you find such varied voices with action, adventure, mystery, and top rate storytelling in a single book?

The Cursed Carnival and Other Calamities releases everywhere September 28, so be sure to pre-order your copy online or from your favorite local bookstore now!

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By Brianna
Brianna works full time in the publishing industry, passionately building books to bring to the masses. Her first fandom was Harry Potter, which she joined at age 11. Her love for books took her abroad to earn her Masters Degree at University College London, after which she lived in New York City, and now resides in Austin. She loves all things fandom including Supernatural, Doctor Who, and more. Ever the introvert, she can usually be found reading, playing with her dog, listening to music and practicing yoga. Brianna joined the Nerds and Beyond staff in 2018 where she unites her love for all things "nerd" with her passion for writing. Find her on Twitter here: @bookbag09
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