“Wrongly chosen, wrongly slain, A hero Valhalla cannot contain. Nine days hence the sun must go east, Ere Sword of Summer unbinds the beast.”
Title: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Why you should read this book: If you’ve loved Percy’s books and the Heroes of Olympus’ ones, then you are going to love this.
“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”
Magnus Chase is homeless since the night his mother died. It’s been two years and his 16th birthday approaches. He knows an uncle he doesn’t like is looking for him and when he meets him he reveals that Magnus’ father is a Norse God. Magnus must find a powerful weapon that’s been lost for thousands of years to stop Ragnarok from happening.
“It is woven with the most powerful paradoxes in the Nine Worlds—Wi-Fi with no lag, a politician’s sincerity, a printer that prints, healthy deep-fried food, and an interesting grammar lecture!”
I loved it!! It took me a lot to finish it, not because it wasn’t interesting, but because November is always a busy busy month!
At first I thought Magnus was going to be just like Percy, they are both kings of sarcasm and jokes. I love Percy but I wanted Magnus to be his own self. Luckily he was! He shares similar behaviors with Percy but they are different, you can’t feel it right away, though, you have to get to know him a little better first. Magnus has weaknesses, he has issues, he has gone through a lot, he is young and makes mistakes: maybe we don’t have a Norse God as a parent but we’ve all been there, right?
“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 own mark.”
His companions for this adventure are fun, diverse and really interesting characters: a dwarf fashionista, a deaf magic elf and a strong willed girl with a multifuctional hijab. They all bring something to the story, they are important, without them Magnus would fail at the very beginning of the book.
I love Rick Riordan and how he introduces us to mythology in such a fun way. You may be a teenager or older but be sure that you’ll enjoy getting to know better the Gods, the mythological creatures and their crazy worlds!
The second book can’t be out soon enough. The Hammer of the Fart God is the title, right?? Oh Thor, you and your goats brought a breath of “fresh” air to the entire story!!
Do I recommend it? Of course, join the Rick Riordan’s fans community!