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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (The Sword of Summer) ~ Rick Riordan


 

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I had this for a while, but hadn’t read it for fear of being disappointed. I love the Percy Jackson series (both of them), so I didn’t want to be let down… and I have to admit… I wasn’t! I will say that it had a “Percy Jackson” feel to it, but I didn’t mind that.

Magnus is a homeless teenager who is in danger and doesn’t know it. He must find the Sword of Summer, which used to belong to his father, Frey, ruler of peace and fertility, rain, and sunshine. Like all weapons described in any mythology, this sword has a tragic history… but more powerful than anyone could even know, even Magnus. Magnus comes face to face with Surt, the fire giant… well, things don’t go that great for Surt… even worse for Magnus. Surt wants to start Ragnarök sooner than it should be. (There’s no actual scheduled date for this event, but it is inevitable). If Surt gets his hands of the Sword of Summer, Ragnarök will be started with one event… the releasing of Fenrir. Magnus, along with friends, must stop this from happening!

You meet some very interesting characters along the way. Thor loses his hammer… again. Loki is as sneaky as you think he is. (It helped that I read his character with Tom Hiddleston in mind. Thanks Marvel!) There’s a few Annabeth Chase sightings which was awesome… it helped that Annabeth and Magnus are cousins. I think it will be very interesting to see the crossover (if there is one) with Annabeth being the daughter of Athena and Magnus, the son of Frey. It was interesting getting to learn about Norse mythology with this story. I was already knowledgeable with Greek, Roman and Egyptian mythology (prior to Rick Riordan), but this piqued my curiosity of Norse mythology… beyond Thor and Loki. I can’t wait to read the next book!

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