Magnus Chase #1: The Sword of Summer
by Rick Riordan
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 an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle 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 . . .
Rick Riordan is back with a hilarious, immature and action packed read!!! Featuring Magnus Chase with his inability to things seriously and his innate sweetness, along with other sassy characters!!!
This time, we have Norse Gods like Thor, Loki, Odin. You know, like the movie but with more world and character building. Like many of Rick’s books, this novel begins with Magnus, a unique boy who just doesn’t fit in – who we immediately attach to and adore. He’s funny and sweet in that innocent sort of way. He discovers that he is more than he thinks – son of Frey, god of fertility and fruitfulness. Following a series of events, he ends up in Valhalla and begins a quest to find the Sword of Summer and prevent Doomsday.
This book is SOOOOOO FUNNY. From the hilarious chapter titles and sassy banter, this book will send you into fits of laughter. Along with this, you also have the action-packed story line combined with the Norse God and Goddesses’ distinct personalities. Thor is absolutely obsessed with TV so this book is filled with references to Game of Throne, there’s also a couple of Taylor Swift references and I can guarantee that you will cannot help but imagine Loki as Tom Hiddleston.
I have to admit that the Norse mythology confused me a little. There’s a lot of worlds and different gods and goddesses but I think that was all because I wasn’t familiar at all with Norse mythology except with what I know from the Thor movies. Other than that, this book is hooking and entertaining from the beginning. The character are so vivid! Magnus is hilarious, Sam is sassy and determined, Blitzen is hilariously dramatic and Hearthstone is just kind and goodhearted. I just wanted to squeeze all this characters in ONE HUGE HUG because they made me laugh and ‘aw’ so much!!!
The Sword of Summer is a hilarious first start to the fantastic series. I think before the second book, I’ll research more on Norse Mythology to clear up my confusions. The characters are adoringly vivid, the plot entertaining and the writing amazing! If you love Rick Riordan or mythology of any kind, this is a must-read!