Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of ThorTitle: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult / Fantasy
Date: 2016
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 466
Started: 26th December 2018
Completed: 29th December 2018
Rating: 4/5
Summary: My name is Magnus Chase. Two months ago I died fighting a fire giant and woke up in Hotel Valhalla as one of Odin’s warriors. Time for a rest? I wish. When I meet Otis, an informant with a lead on Thor’s missing hammer, all I get is the name ‘Provincetown’ before a wolf-masked assassin takes him out and warns me to stay away. Someone really doesn’t want me to find the hammer, and even if I could it’s rumoured to be underground, guarded by powerful magic. There’s just one person who could help. Someone who demands a very high price: the gods’ worst enemy, Loki.

Magnus ChaseRick Riordan is an American author best known for his fantasy novels which feature various old religions and their mythology. Perhaps his best-known series is Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor is the second book in Rick Riordan’s Norse mythology series. I have previously reviewed the first book in the series, Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer.

I enjoyed this book just as much as I liked the first book in the series and I think it’s a great sequel, which is a rare feat.

The plot was full of twists, partially due to Loki’s input into everything, and it was full of adventure. Riordan reimagined the myth of Thor marrying Thrym to regain his hammer but the event in Riordan’s novel doesn’t quite go to plan thanks to Loki’s interference. I think that this plot works well on its own as it’s an entertaining book but it also works to set up the final book in the series. The ending of the book works to bring together this series with the two Percy Jackson series’ (Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus) which is nice for people who have read the other series’ but if you haven’t finished reading Heroes of Olympus, like me, then you may worry about spoilers for that series.

I really liked the introduction of Alex, another of Loki’s children, because Alex is a wonderful character.  I love their relationship with Magnus which involves Magnus trying to figure out his feelings towards Alex and Alex often assuming Magnus’ stares mean something else. It’s a cute relationship and I would like to see it grow in the next book.

As always, Riordan’s writing style is fast-paced, accessible, and captivating. The book is full of humour and darkness with some tense situations off-setting the comedy of the crazy Norse gods, especially Heimdall and Thor. Also, I love Riordan’s attempts to be inclusive. There’s a genderfluid character in the book who isn’t treated very well, often being labelled as argr, but the younger characters try to understand and accept this character. I also loved Sam’s strong faith. It’s often shaken by the knowledge that Norse deities exist but she tries to reconcile her religion and her life so that she can stay true to her faith. I

Overall, I really liked this book. It’s a great book for older children, teenagers, and adults because it’s accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

I will be reviewing the final book in the series, Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead, tomorrow.


8 thoughts on “Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

  1. This is a wonderful review. 🙂

    I was a bit sceptical about Rick Riordan’s books because of all the hype around them but after seeing your review, I’m going to give them a chance. It’s a new year and a reader should give themself to different types of books. 🙂

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