Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

magnus chaseRick Riordan brings another adventure to life, this time with the Gods of Asgard and a young boy named Magnus Chase.

For the last two years Magnus Chase has been living on the streets trying to survive on his own after his mom is killed trying to protect him from mysterious beasts. After all his time alone he is surprised to find out he is being tracked down by an uncle he barely knows.  His mother always told him to stay away from Uncle Randolph because he was dangerous.  Magnus quickly finds out just how dangerous he is when Randolph tells him he is the son of a Norse God.  The Viking myths his mother told him as a young child are true and now the gods of Asgard are preparing for war.  A war which he is now meant to be a part of.  To prevent Ragnorok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.  He finds himself in a battle with a fire giant that forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents.  Magnus makes the only decision he can, he sacrifices himself to save others, and in doing so, he finds that the only way to start his new life as a son of a Norse God is to give up the one he has.

I have been a fan of Rick Riordan since the Percy Jackson series. When reading his work, you find yourself immersed in the mythology of whichever myth he is writing.  With Percy Jackson, it was Greek Mythology and now we are into the Norse Gods.  With the Thor movies out this is a good time for this series to be unveiled.  Thor himself makes a small appearance here, but doesn’t try to take over the story; however, I see that coming in a future story.  Riordan is an excellent storyteller for young readers.  His stories dive deep into mythology in a way that doesn’t become tedious for a reader that is reluctant to go down the mythological path.  At times in this story, it was a little difficult to keep up with the setting and characters with as much information that was being provided.  I haven’t decided if I enjoy Magnus as much as I did Percy Jackson but there is a good chance the series can be just as good.  There were several supporting characters which if you are not reading carefully can become confusing with who is who and what they actually have to do with the story.  Fans of the Percy Jackson series will notice a tie in that I hope is explored further in the next adventure.  Overall this was a very enjoyable read that I highly recommend to young and old readers alike.


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