|Title: The Sword of Summer
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1
Author: Rick Riordan
Edition: kindle edition
Pages: 491 pages
Language: Read in English
Genre: fantasy, adventure, young adult
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 . . .
Magnus Chase (yes, related to Annabeth from Percy Jackson), is a homeless orphan living in Boston. On his 16th birthday, he summons an ancient Norse sword and dies using it against a monster. He is brought to the Hotel Valhalla by Sam, a Valkyrie. Then the adventure begins: he has to stop doomsday (Ragnarok). Luckily he gets some help from his friends Sam, Hearthstone, and Blitzen.
“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten”
I will start with the positive: I liked the whole Norse mythology theme because it is so unknown (well except for Thor). It is also pretty clear that Riordan did his research because throughout the whole story there area lot of Norse myths and stories.
Also the characters in the story are ‘human’ and as the story progresses, you learn more about their character and their experiences. Sam is a Muslim woman wearing a hijab and her family had arranged a marriage with a boy who she actually likes. Hearthstone is a deaf elf and Blitzen a dark elf (dwarf).
Then the not so positive: I thought Magnus Chase was the same as Percy Jackson. Not only the whole ‘discover you’re a child of a God’ but also the language and the story line. for me it was to much rereading Percy Jackson (which I loved btw).
I had a hart time finishing this book and probably won’t read the other books.
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