You all must know Rick Riordan, the mastermind behind the Percy Jackson series. If not…WHY!? I am completely obsessed with his books, and his latest series lived up to his previous work. Book #1 of the Magnus Chase series, “The Sword of Summer”, was all I had hoped it would be. There were new characters, returning characters (*GASP* so exciting!), comedy, adventure, mythological creatures, and more.
This new series follows Magnus Chase (does that last name ring any bells??), a homeless teen trying to get by on the streets of Boston, that is until he DIES (not a spoiler!). Magnus comes to find out he is a demigod, and that he descends from a powerful Norse god. It’s up to Magnus, and some unlikely friends to save the world from the looming apocalypse.
Some of the greatest achievements from Riordan are the characters he develops so fully, and this book does not disappoint in that department. Magnus befriends dwarves, elves, trolls, and more. Each character has a distinct personality, pet peeves, demons from their past, and elements of comedy. While we’ve learned about Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology in previous books, this book takes us on a tour of Norse mythology…think vikings, trolls, Thor/Loki. Riordan is able to weave in mythology with the present-day, and dare I say, provide a seamless educational component. I don’t know about you, but I don’t know that much about Norse mythology! My only qualm…words and names are so hard to pronounce in Norse mythology, thankfully Riordan does a good job of sounding all the hard words out for his readers, and sometimes makes a big joke of them (always a good idea to throw in a fart joke for kids)!
Overall, I gave this book 5/5 stars. It was fast-paced, funny, action-packed, and clever. Book Club will be discussing this title Thursday, Nov. 19 @ 12:30. See you there!