#BookReview: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Series: Manus Chase and The Gods of Asgard.
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology, Middle Grade.
Pages: 499
Published: October 6th 2015 by Disney - Hyperion Books

Rating: 5 HEARTS

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 . . .

My Thoughts
This is one of the funnier books I’ve read and one of the best! Definitely, Rick Riordan writes just magic. There’s not any story by his pen that isn’t wonderful and catchy. Magnus Chase was so incredible funny and so brave. I like this book very much thanks to the fact the even when it’s something very different (not counting the mythology which is the sign of Riordan), it still keeps the wonderfully constructing and well writing books that the author continue give us.

The last books I read before this were about Nord mythology as well, and to keep myself with the theme, I pick up The Sword of Summer. But from both stories, I like the way Riordan manage the mythology the most; I’m not going to compare them because they are from different genres, and age range, but I’ve always like how Riordan’s books explain so easily, fun and truly (considering all the myths versions) the tales of the heroes and the folklore. 

I enjoy reading through Magnus perspective. Some people expect him to be like Percy Jackson (thanks to the premise of the story) but, Riordan has always had a way to keeps apart and define his characters personality so well. And while Percy is funny and little immature sometimes, Magnus is more down to earth and responsible. But both share the indifference bravery of been gods offspring. Though, Magnus is more sarcastic and have a dark view of the world thanks to the unfortunate things he has been through. Beside, having the last name Chase is, possibly, a good clue to understand the “logic” mindset of the family. 

The other characters were funny as well, and I like the variety of races, social background, physicals incapacity, and thoughts from the characters (a wonder Riordan has add to his books). I think that all those characters give another dimension to the reading because, even when they’re secondary, they’re still so well writing and fun to read about. A fun fact is that I love when Thor pop out into the reading, I kind of expect Riordan would wrote as he did but also was so fun to read (and unexpected). By other hand, Annabeth has cameos on The Sword Of Summer, she is amazing as always, and steal the spotlight; I wish to have more from her on the upcoming books (I think it would be three, I don’t know for sure).

I read some reviews about a romance stirring on the book but I actually didn’t see anything, or I’m really blind about it. And I like to be that way. I don’t think it can be a good thing to rush Magnus into a relationship with someone (though I want him to end with a particular girl but I think after the circumstance from the lastly chapters it wouldn’t be possible, I mean death, but I would live it in that to not spoil you who the girl is). Or if people were talking about Amira and her arrangement marriage I think that I like how this worked out because not all girls form the Arabian cultures think is wrong to have an agreement marriage. But after all, I like that the book center in the action and adaptation of Magnus in the Nord world and not into other minor things as romance.

In conclusion, I love this books so much because give us a new fun insight of the Nord myths and it gods. The characters are well writing and we got a book full of action. It has everything that makes it as a wonderful book by the pen of Rick Riordan. I definitely recommend it to everyone, from little to adults, and enjoy the magic world of Magnus Chase and the Norse Gods.

About the Author
Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, Heroes of Olympus and The Kane Chronicles.



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