Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the DeadTitle: Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult / Fantasy
Date: 2017
Publisher: Puffin
Pages: 418
Started: 29th December 2018
Completed: 31st December 2018
Rating: 4/5
Summary: My name is Magnus Chase. These days, I’m one of Odin’s immortal warriors, but that doesn’t stop people trying to kill me all the time. Loki the trickster god is free from his chains. He’s put together a crew of giants and zombies to sail Naglfar, the Ship of the Dead, in a battle against the Norse gods. If he succeeds, the final battle of Ragnarok will extinguish all the worlds.

Magnus ChaseRick Riordan is an American author best known for writing the fantasy series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Riordan often writes about old religions and their stories, weaving them into modern settings with young protagonists.

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead is the final book in Riordan’s Norse mythology series. I have previously reviewed the first two books in the series, Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer and Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor.

Magnus Chase and the Ship of the Dead was a great end to a wonderful series!

The plot was exciting as our intrepid heroes set out to stop Ragnarok and imprison Loki. There were various battles, some of wit and others of skill, which made the book interesting and fun to read. There was never a dull moment in the book. I loved the development of different relationships in this book from friendship to new romances because they added a nice dimension to the book. Each character became stronger because of their friends. I also really enjoyed Sam’s character development where she trained to become resistant to Loki’s influence. Sam is a wonderful character and I’m glad that she was featured heavily in this book.

There were some weird references to deaths in the river Ouse which was a tad too close to home since I went to university in York. I know that Riordan chose to feature York since it was essentially the Viking capital of England, and it was nice to see the heroes venture down some of my favourite streets in the whole of England, but I didn’t like the references to the river monsters.

The ending of this book was open which was nice and left room for the universe to be expanded in the future. I know there are some short stories available set after the events of this book but I haven’t read them and I don’t know if I will. I am very sad to see the end of Riordan’s Norse series because I think it was my favourite series by him, other than the original Percy Jackson books, but it was a solid trilogy and I am so glad that it wasn’t dragged out too long.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard trilogy and I think that this was a wonderful ending to a very readable series. I’d recommend the books because they’re fun and accessible to read and they bring Norse mythology to life in a new way.

Have you read this series? If so, what did you think?


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