Title: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgards, #1
Genre: Fantasy, mythology
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Publication Date: October 6, 2016
My Rating: 4 STARS
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 name is Magnus Chase. I’m sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed.”
It is no secret that I love Rick Riordan’s works. I was a huge fan of Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series! This book is not Percy Jackson but this was undoubtedly good, way better than The Kane Chronicles. (Sorry I just read the first book and I do not have the courage to finish it). I am now quite familiar with the Greek and Roman Mythology, thanks to Rick Riordan, however, when it comes to Norse Mythology my knowledge was only limited to Odin, Loki and Thor and yes it was because of Marvel movies. LOL.
A lot of people say, and I agree that Magnus’ voice is too similar with Percy. But I believe, Magnus is more mature. Well, if we think about it, Percy was 12 years old in the first book of the series, while Magnus here is 16. Similar or not, I enjoyed Magnus throughout the book. He is a homeless teen, surviving the streets after his mother’s death, 2 years before the story starts. On the day of his 16th birthday, he dies and that is when the adventure starts.
I also love the supporting crew. Samira Al Abbas is freaking extraordinary. Hearth, Blitzen and Halfborn Gunderson are few of my favorites. But to top it all, Sumarbrander a.k.a The Sword of Summer who calls himself Jack, has one of the most interesting characters in the series. Some of the laid back gods are so funny. They all have provided a comic relief. I also love the fact that Magnus is Annabeth’s cousin.
In conclusion, Riordan’s formula always work for me. His metaphors always leave me in awe. He is very creative.