The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rick Riordan
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Published by: Disney-Hyperion Books
Review by: Dani Hoots
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 barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph 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 . . .
This story follows Magnus Chase as his world is turned upside down due to his father being an Asgardian God, Frey to be exact. By the same author of the Percy Jackson series, Riordan has taken a crack at writing the same type of series by using Norse Mythology.
And he did a fantastic job.
I was afraid that this series was going to mimic Percy Jackson too much, that it was going to by the Norse version or Percy Jackson. While the same idea exists, that gods and goddesses come to Earth and have children with human, than leave to never be seen again, the story is different enough to be quite entertaining. The supporting cast is a lot different and the main character has his own personality compared to Percy Jackson.
I enjoyed this series completely and have to say that Riordan did his research. I’ve been researching Norse Mythology for a comic I’m working on and was able to follow it completely. With Percy Jackson, I felt that some things were ignored in Greek Mythology, but that wasn’t the case here. Even if you don’t know that much about Norse Mythology, it is still easy to follow as everything the characters run to is explained in a way that isn’t an info dump or disrupt the flow of the story.
I really like how each of the gods were portrayed and the main characters. Riordan is good at creating diverse characters and this book did not disappoint.
All in all I give his book a 5/5 and cannot wait until the second book. If you love mythology, adventure, Percy Jackson, or just a well-written story, check this book out!