Thursday, October 22, 2015

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan - E Book Review



Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan's Norse Mythology) Kindle Edition by Rick Riordan - E Book Review      



Summary:
This book stands alone in Riordan's fantasy world. A new reader can start with it and does not need to read the previous books that deal with heroes from Egyptian, Greek or Roman mythology. The book follows Maguns whose father is a Norse God. As consequence, the book which is told with humor follows and describes the belief systems of Norse mythology, as well as its pantheon of gods.

Plot:
The book and the new series follow Maguns Chase, Annabeth Chase's cousin (who does in fact appear in the book). Magnus, a 16-year-old kid lives on the streets of Boston since wolves with glowing eyes killed his mother two years ago. Now, he is suddenly targeted by fearsome foes who unexpectedly, for this kind of books, manage to find and kill him.

However, Magnus is resurrected and is recruited by Odin's army to train and prepared for the apocalypse, Ragnarok. Magnus's legacy is made clear to him but there is also a prophecy, predicting that Magnus will either hasten to arrival of Ragnarok or will prevent it.  




Pros:
First of all, Riordan gets a chance to go into Norse mythology with the book and the whole new series. The prophecy takes Magnus and the readers through two of the nine worlds, where he meets gods (Odin, Thor, Loki, Frey, Freya), befriends a sword, battles with giants, runs from Valkyries, and fights to make sure Fenris, the wolf harbinger of Ragnarok, is not freed. The book is fun to read and the readers are swept into the adventure.

Humor is a great thing to be found in the book and Riordan manages to both put it in without making the book a comic, without having to let go of the seriousness of the task Magnus is faced with. 

Of course, it's fun to see how the rag-tag team Magnus collects around himself will manage to survive in the perilous quest ahead, using the skill some didn't even know they had ....


Cons:
The book is very fun to read and a must read for all of Riordan's fans. However, the book more or less broadly follows the same plot line as others of Riordan's books and does not really stray into uncharted terriotory.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan's Norse Mythology)




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