Review: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

A brief summary according to my son, Kyle:

“Once upon a time, there was this orphaned boy named Magnus Chase who discovered that his father was a Norse god (Frey, the god of fertility). Soon after his mom’s death, Magnus could be seen on the streets and almost getting himself arrested, until a stranger told him that his father was someone or something else. It turned out that the glorious gods of Asgard were preparing for some kind of war, with trolls, giants, monsters, just to name a few. Unless Magnus could find the weapon his father lost two millennia ago, there would be doom. Doomsday, to be precise. No pressure there, Magnus.”

For the past years, I’ve been reading a lot of NA/YA/Romance stories that I often neglected the middle grade books I’ve amassed for me and my kids to read. So it was time to change it, and what more perfect way to do this than to get back to reading something magical, exciting, entertaining, educational and full of fun – in the world that Rick Riordan has created. RR’s books are perfect for my teenager bookworm, Kyle. Ever since I’ve introduced him to Percy Jackson almost two years ago, he never wanted to read about any other magical characters, not even Harry Potter.

Now, we decided to team up and read Magnus Chase, because my son is really into all kinds of mythologies. Plus, he’s a big Thor (movies) fan so getting into the Norse world was equally exciting and adventurous for him. (I am more of a DC fan, so yeah, not much of a Thor enthusiast, but Chris Hemsworth sure is hot, so I’d give him that! LOL).

Magnus Chase was a thrilling read, but it’s got a lot of resemblance to Uncle Rick’s Percy Jackson series. Magnus was a bit too much like Percy, just not with the same effect. My personal favorite is Sam or Samirah, daughter of Loki, the god of Mischief. There was still so much I  don’t know about her yet. Hearth was also an interesting character and my son’s favorite and he cannot wait to read more about him in the next book.

What me and my son both love – the chapter titles! Starting with the first chapter (Good Morning, You’re Going to Die!) to chapter 8, Mind the Gap, and Also the Hairy Guy with the Axe, I couldn’t stop laughing! My favorite chapter titles were, I Did Not Ask for Biceps and Thou Shalt Not Poop on the Head of Art…. until I got to Chapter 69, Oh… So That’s Who Fenris Smelled in Chapter Sixty-Three, it was such a hoot!

Overall, this book is a great start of the Magnus Chase series, pretty kickass cliffhanger ending and Rick Riordan sure impressed the hell out of my son. So, 5 stars!

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