Published by Disney Electronic Content on October 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Norse, Fantasy & Magic
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Thor's hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon--the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn't just lost. It has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can't retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer's return is the gods' worst enemy, Loki--and the price he wants is very high.
Rick Riordan’s second turn at Norse mythology, The Hammer of Thor, wasn’t as easy to get into as the first novel. Once again Magnus Chase finds himself on a mission to return a magical object to the god it belongs, when he and his friends get pulled into a more dangerous assignment. Thor’s hammer Mjolnir is missing again, and captured by Thor’s enemies who plot to take over Midgard. Magnus and his friends must return Mjolnir to Thor before that happens. Unfortunately, Loki has schemes of his own, and is using this situation to his best advantage. Either way, us mortals are doomed unless Magnus & Co. are successful in their mission.
I really enjoyed this mission, including the introduction of Sam’s brother Alex Fierro, however, a little bit of Riordan’s Thor goes a long way. Usually Thor is depicted as a brave hero, but Riordan has him as a bumbling buffoon who spends all his time farting, killing his goats, and watching tv. That’s all well and good, but not if he’s in many scenes. Thor gets annoying after a few scenes, and I felt this book overused him. Yet, I do love how Riordan pokes fun at the gods.
As for Alex, he made a great addition to the team. Not only is he Sam’s brother, but Alex is gender fluid. The manner in which Riordan included this character felt seamless to the main story, and I like the possibility that Magnus may have found a love interest. Seeing as Magnus is straight, it will be interesting to see how he handles his attraction to Alex in the upcoming books. This pairing didn’t feel forced, and may not come to be, but I enjoyed the possibility. I guess we’ll see what becomes of these two down the line.
Overall, I enjoyed this second entry into this series, and can’t wait to read the third novel. While I did have faults with the slower pacing, and overuse of annoying Thor, I did enjoy the inclusion of some other deities from the Norse pantheon. While not my favorite of Riordan’s novels, I still recommend this series. Especially to fans of Percy Jackson & the Olympians, as it appears there may be a crossover between the two series.
“Etiquette tip: If you’re looking for the right time to leave a party, when the host yells, “No one leaves here alive,” that’s your cue.”
“You Keep Using the Word Help. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”
“Annabeth smiled. “I don’t know the ocean very well, but my boyfriend does. I think it’s time you met Percy.”