The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

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5stars

The world will end. The big picture cannot be changed. But in the meantime, as Loki once said, we can choose to alter the details. That’s how we take control of our destiny.

Title: The Ship of the Dead
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3
Number of pages: 423 (hardcover edition)
Good things about this book: Funny, intriguing, mysterious.
Bad things about this book: The lack of fluidity of Alex seemed done on purpose. I didn’t like it very much.
Do I recommend it? Yes, I always recommend a Rick Riordan.
Rate: 5/5

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As soon as I read this was going to be the last book of the Magnus Chase series I knew my book was going to be late because I’m lucky like that. I placed a pre-order that was mysteriously refunded a couple days before the release and that was the beginning of “The Epic Journey of Kristel and the missing Magnus”. It took it one whole spoiler-avoiding month to get here and now that I’ve read it my mind is trying to come to terms with what happened and is going to happen in the next Apollo book. I’m scared!

Magnus and friends are set to sail towards the place where they know the ship of the dead, made of toenails, is, defeat Loki, his undead army, and stop Ragnarok from starting. Sounds easy, right? No, it doesn’t, and it’s not even only those things they need to do. How do you defeat a god? How do you stop an army of zombies when you don’t have a plan? You wait for godly advices and try your best not to die in the meantime. That’s the plan; wing it until you win it.

My first task was my favourite one – getting out of the way.

As usual I loved Magnus, everything about him and his inner monologues. I also loved the whole set of characters accompanying him on this almost impossible quest; we get to know more about all their background stories, the way they died as heroes earning them a place in Valhalla. Each one of them has so much to give to this quest and each one of them is essential for this quest to be a success. I always love how the story is never about a single hero who magically wins everything: this is a team effort and I wouldn’t have loved it as much as I did otherwise.

Alex Fierro, Sam’s green-haired gender-fluid half-sibling chaperone of doom.

One thing I didn’t like was the Alex situation. Alex is gender fluid, right? So if you give us a character that is fluid then you have to allow them to be fluid, on page. When Alex was male it felt through the pages, he was different and I couldn’t wait to get to know him better. I have read books with gender fluid characters and their fluidity was wildly shown and we got to see every aspect of what made them the wonderful beings they were. Instead with Alex we got three scenes with him as a male, three scenes, two right at the beginning then the issue was kind of forgotten! With more scenes it will have shown us more about how Magnus felt about Alex as both male and female. It will have given him and us more info about who he was more interested in. If the whole fluidity was shown off-page, I don’t think I’m okay with it. Give us representation the way we deserve it. All things said, I love Alex and I hope we’ll see more of them, even just a tiny mention, in future books. I’m hoping we get a short story. That’ll be nice!

I will have given this book a 5++ rating if it wasn’t for the Alex situation but The Ship of Dead is still one hell of a book. It has everything I like. It was entertaining, full of mythology, diverse characters, originality, and it has The Lord of the Rings references. Who doesn’t love pop references, right?

My friends were all dressed like me, in white wool, so we looked like a secret society of very clean monks – the Fellowship of the Bleach.

I think it’s time for a Lotr marathon. I just need almost 10 free hours, maybe double if I also want to watch The Hobbit. I will do the re-watch while anxiously waiting for the next Apollo book. I think bad things are going to happen and I will never be ready for those! Please, Rick, don’t kill anyone; make them lose a leg, an arm, but not their lives, I’m begging you! We’ll just have to wait and read, I suppose. Patience is not always a virtue I’m fond of.

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard – The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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“Wrongly chosen, wrongly slain, A hero Valhalla cannot contain. Nine days hence the sun must go east, Ere Sword of Summer unbinds the beast.”

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)


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!
Rate: 5/5

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