Review of The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase)

March 2, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review of The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase)The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1
Published by Disney - Hyperion Books on October 6th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 499
Format: eBook
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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 . . .

This is a fun, well written book in the same spirit as Percy Jackson. I thought some of the humor and jokes were a bit over-the-top and felt flat, compared to those in Percy Jackson series. But having a silly take on Norse mythology is always a nice change of pace (reminds me of the Dirk Gently books). Overall, I found it to be fun reading and am looking forward to the next book.

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