Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Magnus ChaseTitle: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult / Fantasy
Date: 2015
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 486
Started: 1st December 2018
Completed: 2nd December 2018
Rating: 4.5/5
Summary: 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 an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning ThiefRick Riordan is an American author who is best known for his novel Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief. He has written several series based on different pagan religions and their mythology including Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Heroes of Olympus, and The Kane Chronicles.

It’s been a hot minute since I reviewed a Rick Riordan book so I won’t link to my previous reviews. I will be reviewing this entire trilogy over the coming days so look out for those!

I really enjoyed this novel. It’s a classic Rick Riordan book and it included all of the elements I love about his book.

Mangus Chase and the Sword of Summer had me on board from the very first page. Mainly because the book is about Norse mythology and I love Norse stuff but also because it’s about an older teenager. The plot was so much fun and full of action. It takes you on a journey through several of the nine realms, including Jötunheimr but not Asgard, as Magnus and his friends take on several different foes in order to delay Ragnarök. Along the way, Magnus meets several gods, giants, elves, and dwarves from Norse stories. It’s just an entertaining plot with a sense of danger, excitement, and camaraderie.

I loved all of the characters. Magnus is sassy, funny, and incredibly resourceful but he’s also filled with grief and wary of his own family. He’s not the son of Thor or any other war god, which I was glad about, but he’s the son of a Vanir god rather than an Aesir god. He’s a wonderful protagonist and it’s very easy to relate to him. Sam, a Valkyrie, who also happens to be a young Muslim girl, is a great character too. I’m so glad that she wasn’t Magnus’ love interest and that they’re just friends. She’s a fierce protector, even if she does attempt to hide behind a mask of indifference and sarcasm, and a very resourceful warrior. I’m glad that Loki makes an appearance too because the trickster god is my favourite from Norse mythology.

I loved the little references to Percy Jackson, especially about Magnus’ sword becoming a pen. Small details like these just make the reading experience so much more fun for those who have read the other books but they don’t alienate those that haven’t. Rick Riordan’s writing is accessible and full of emotion. I love the diversity of characters that Riordan creates and every character has a unique personality and defining characteristics which make them seem real.

Overall, I love Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer. It was a thoroughly enjoyable plot with wonderful characters and I just had so much fun reading it.

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