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Review: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rick Riordan

magnus chaseThe Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Genres:  Fantasy, Mythology
Format: eBook
Source: N/A


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 . . .

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4 Rating

Yeah, I know. You guys are going to read about how I died in agony, and you’re going be like, ‘Wow! That sounds cool, Magnus! Can I die in agony, too?’

I have been waiting for this book for awhile and trust me when I tell you the wait was worth it! I really enjoyed it a lot! You would not be disappointed with this book…. I am a big fan of Rick Riordan’s books but I was really skeptical at how the story of the Norse Gods will work out I mean I haven’t found any good Norse god stories. This book was actually really better than I thought it would be. Like all of Rick’s books there was near death experiences, magic, gods and it had his usual snarky humor, action and strong bonds of friendships.

I loved the explanations of the Nordic Mythology especially because I don’t know that much about the Norse Gods, well not as much as I know of the Greek and Roman gods. And I would never have been able to pronounce all those Norse words, I still can’t! It did help that Rick sounded most of them out for us and I liked that “Who’s Who” list at the end of the book. I just wish that Rick would write a book with a female as a main character for once…. I mean I like the males but a female would be nice for once. I mean Rick does write about strong and confident females as sidekicks, why cant he make one of them a main character once.

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.

Trust me I love the appearance of Annabeth in this book and the connection Magnus and Annabeth has. I hope we get to see more of Annabeth in this book. She is one of my favorites after all! This book had some memorable characters. I liked Sam but I liked Blitz and Hearth more. I actually found that this book had more humor in than I thought it would. Why I gave this book a 4 heart rating rather than a 5 heart rating is because the book has to much similarities to Percy Jackson and the Lighting thief. It felt like deja vu though I can say I laughed much more in this book! This book also has Rick’s clever ideas with twist and cliff-hanging chapters that forces you to stay up all night just to finish the book. Luckily I read this book in the weekend other wise I would have been real grouchy at work. 😛 If it weren’t for Rick’s amazing style and me laughing so much with the humor then I would have rated this book much lower. But I cant make myself give this book less than 4! I hope the next book wont remind me so much of Percy Jackson’s books….


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About the author

Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary’s Hall honored him with the school’s first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre – the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children’s fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons.
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