The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney- Hyperion Books on October 6, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult, Middle Grade
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 a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man 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 . . .
I’ve always been a huge fan of Rick Riordan. I love his ability to bring mythology to life in a modern era and create unlikely heroes out of unsuspecting teens. But when I read The Sword of Summer I felt let down. It felt to me like Riordan was trying to recreate Percy Jackson in the Norse world, and cram too many adventures into one plot.
Magnus is a likable character, and it is certainly entertaining to read from his point of view, but the whole book felt too familiar. It was like having a long lasting Deja vu. What I also found frustrating about this book is that straight from the beginning it includes Annabeth Chase, a Greek demigod, which makes it seem like this book really is trying to use the success of Percy Jackson to gain fame.
However, despite my disappointments, the book was a fun read. It retold a lot of Norse stories I heard as a child and brought them to life yet again. The characters were diverse and unique, and each had their own struggles, hopes, and dreams. They each were distinctly their own person, which is much appreciated.
I wouldn’t call The Sword of Summer a “must read”, but if you love the world that Riordan has created, this is a great way to delve into a new part of it while still seeing cameos of the older characters.
I am going to give the Sword of Summer three out of five hearts.
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