Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
Anyone who reads this blog (or has talked to me about books) probably knows that I’m a big fan of Rick Riordan. His writing is fresh and witty, funny but never loses that emotional anchor. As always, he does not disappoint with The Hammer of Thor. Picking up after the events of the first book, The Sword of Summer, this novel had me laughing out loud from the first chapter. It also has adventure and more character development. (Caution: very slight spoiler ahead for anyone who is familiar with Rick Riordan’s other work…) And it ended with me slightly agape and very excited for the next novel because this was the last paragraph: “Annabeth smiled. “I don’t know the ocean very well, but my boyfriend does. I think it’s time you met Percy.”
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Having now read 13 of Mr. Riordan’s mythology-based adventure novels, I can say with certainty that he knows what he’s doing. While each pantheon (Greek, Roman, Egyptian and now Norse) has its own feel and characters, all of the books have the same wittiness, fun, and charisma. Magnus Chase has been living on the streets of Boston for the past two years. Since his mother’s death, nothing has felt quite right. Then on his sixteenth birthday, he is tracked down by his estranged uncle who tells him that he is actually the son of a Norse god. Magnus must fulfill his destiny by finding the Sword of Summer and keeping it from falling into the wrong hands and hastening Ragnarok. Cue a quest through several of the Nine Worlds using runic magic, dwarven crafting, and a sword with a mind of its own. I absolutely recommend Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer, but then again, I was predisposed to like it.