Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard,
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 20th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Norse, Action & Adventure, General
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
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 . . .This limited edition is numbered and signed by the author. It comes in a full-color case and has specially designed endpapers and a full-color frontispiece.
“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.” ― Rick Riordan,
With that quote author Rick Riordan takes fans on yet another fun-filled, fantasy ride with his latest novel, The Sword of Summer. In the past Riordan delved into Greek (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) and Egyptian (The Kane Chronicles) mythology, but this time takes a turn at Norse mythology. All the major players are there: Odin, Thor, and Loki, and this time we also get to meet some minor Norse gods. The hero of the story is Magnus Chase, a young homeless orphan who discovers he’s a demigod, and must save the world. True, this may sound familiar, but Riordan uses the popularity of the Norse mythology and culture resurgence to breathe new life into a tried and true plot device.
After getting killed, Magnus finds himself in Valhalla, the warrior afterlife, and quickly sets out on a quest to stop Ragnarok (Armageddon) from taking place. He’s joined on his quest by three friends who each have different talents to help him along the way. As the quartet wander Midgard and the other nine realms, they meet all kids of supernatural beings. As you can imagine, some are friends, and others are foe, but no matter what the way is met with difficulty.
“Wrongly chosen, wrongly slain, A hero Valhalla cannot contain. Nine days hence the sun must go east, Ere Sword of Summer unbinds the beast.” ― Rick Riordan,
Like in Riordan’s previous series, the hero is told a confusing prophesy that isn’t made clear to him, or us, until the very end of the story. This prophesy is the impetus that propels Magnus on his quest. The Sword of Summer is the first novel in Riordan’s new Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, but I believe it will have more in common with his previous series than just the prophesies. While the main story of The Sword of Summer concluded by the end of the novel, threads of future mysteries and quests were eloquently woven throughout the story. How they are resolved will be something fans will have to discover with each additional book.
“The thing about fate, Magnus: even if we can’t change the big picture, our choices can alter the details.That’s how we rebel against destiny, how we make our mark. What will you choose to do?” ― Rick Riordan,
One of the aspects of the novel I really enjoyed was Magnus’ tounge-in-cheek snarky banter. He was hilarious, and that only added to my enjoyment. Everything that happened to him: being orphaned and homeless has imbued him with a relaxed frame of mind, that served as a great counterpoint to his situation. His friends were also entertaining, and I can’t wait to see what adventures await them in future installments. While I wasn’t a fan of The Red Pyramid, and DNF’d The Kane Chronicles, The Sword of Summer reminded me why Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors, and left me feeling as if the author got his mojo back. If you are a fan of Riordan’s Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series, then you will definitely enjoy The Sword of Summer.