Review: Magnus Chase Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Posted November 21, 2016 by Lizzie in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Magnus Chase Sword of Summer by Rick RiordanThe Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1
Published by Disney - Hyperion Books on October 6th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Mythology
Pages: 499
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

Does Rick Riordan ever sleep? Because his books are pure genius and he pumps them out like hot cakes. This series is no exception to that rule! For some reason, every winter season I get in a super middle grade adventure fantasy mood and I just can’t stop reaching for them. This was an interesting twist on Riordan’s usual formula. Our main protagonist is sixteen and hilarious. His best friend and side kicks are both the usual girl and guy, but much more diverse than his previous books have been. The majoirty of the plot takes place in the afterlife where Magnus has to navigate a whole new world and cast of characters. I loved Hotel Valhalla, such a cool tip of the hat to Camp Half-Blood, I would never have imagined that a hotel would make a good setting for a middle grade, but it worked splendidly! The story also features some very important cameos (as usual), as well as the exploration of Norse Gods! Seriously, if you’ve read a Riordan book before then you know how fun and addicting these can be. I don’t want to spoil anything but this installment is phenomenal. It’s lengthier than normal, has lots of world building and character development even from page 1 to the end. With finals coming up and being deep into Nanowrimo, this was just what I needed to wind down and dive into another world for a bit.

What do you think? Have you read this one? I just picked up the sequel, and am already knee deep and loving it. Let me know down in the comments!


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