Yes, I know, a Review on a Saturday?! But honestly, I HAD TO. This book was amazing.
The Book Blurb: “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 barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph 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 will be frank here. I love Rick Riordan and his style of storytelling. The wit, humor, and attention to detail in regards to the things he is talking about is great. His sense of grammar and spelling are perfect. In short, he is a fantastic author.
Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is no different. Whereas in the Percy Jackson / Heroes of Olympus books he tackled Greek and Roman mythology, and in the Kane Chronicles it was Egyptian, now he is butting heads with Norse mythology. Odin, Thor, Freya and Frey, Fenris, Loki, ect. Its all here.
This book tells the story of Magnus Chase. And yes, if you have read the Percy Jackson series, he is related to one of the important folks there. Her cousin, point of fact. Magnus lost his mother roughly 2 years before the start of the story, and has been living as a homeless person on the streets of Boston. He is a survivor, not above stealing or scavenging if the situation calls for it. His mother frequently warned him to not talk to any of his relatives, and he has done just that.
When the story begins however, said cousin, her father, and his uncle have decided suddenly to start looking for him. Its his sixteenth birthday you see and all sorts of things are about to happen.
I can’t really say too much because I do not want to spoil one single solitary bit in this story. The way the world is connected to his previous works is fantastic. I really got a sense that all his worlds (Kane, Percy, and now Magnus) are interconnected. Its awesome to know that there is a shared world here.
However, at the same time, if you have never read a single one of his other books you thankfully will not be left in the dark. Yes there is a connection to the Percy Jackson world, but its only shown twice and its not overtly mentioned. Rather, this is the story of Magnus. His adventures through the Nine Worlds, his dealings with giants, gods, dwarves, elves, and more.
I am a huge fan of mythology, personally. And while Norse is not my strongest suit I do know a decent amount of it, and he stays true to the mythology of it. He even goes so far as to mention the Odin myth and how Odin learned rune magic: By hanging himself by his neck for nine days after stabbing himself with his spear. Magic, you see, requires sacrifice in the Norse world.
If you have an interest in Mythology, or just want a good solid YA Fantasy read, you should check out Magnus Chase. Also I would like to mention that the story has a solid conclusion, and is definitely part of a larger adventure. I want to see how things pan out after the reveal at the end.
I rate this a 4/5. This absolutely deserves a place on your shelf. Its funny, witty, heartwarming and heartbreaking, and will even teach you a bit.