Title: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy/Mythology
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 . . .
Of course it was amazing. It was written by Rick Riordan!
Rick Riordan put some of the best qualities from his previous books into this one. Sass? Yep. Hilarious characters? Check. Some amazingly sinister and some amazingly stupid gods? Uh-huh.
Magnus Chase is pretty awesome. Of course, he could be a little dull at some times, but his sass makes up for it. And Samirah al-Abbas? She’s pretty much the Annabeth of this series, complete with chronic eye-rolling at Magnus’ abundance of stupidity. But let’s be honest, Otis is the one who really makes the book. It just wouldn’t be the same without him.
There was plenty of action! Maybe not quite as much as the Percy Jackson books, but still more than enough to keep turning the pages.
And could we forget the hilarious chapter titles? Of course not. It just wouldn’t be right.
I don’t know much about Norse mythology, other than what’s in the Thor movies (Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, ahem) but I feel very educated after reading these books. You might enjoy them more if you already knew about the world, but it’s not a requirement for sure. And the ties to pop culture were so much fun!
Though this book certainly wasn’t as good as the Percy Jackson series (what could be) it was so much fun to read and deserved every single one of those five stars.
ALSO, I went and saw Rick Riordan at the Fairfax event and it was glorious. He’s just as hilarious as his books. If you haven’t heard about the new Trials of Apollo series, go check it out! And if you have, what do you think? Let me know in the comments!