Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)
by Rick Riordan

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 a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man 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 absolutely loved all of the Percy Jackson books, which lead me to read The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. I liked the first book in that series (Rick's writing style is fantastic), but I didn't love it enough to feel the need to continue with the series. Due to that, I was afraid to read this book. I was afraid that Rick's Percy Jackson books would be the only books of his I could really get attached to. However, I eventually gave in and decided to read this book. I am so glad that I didn't let me fear stop me from reading this book, because it was great!

This book took me a tiny bit to get into, but after a few chapters, I was hooked. Rick's writing in this book was witty and hilarious; the chapter titles were fantastic! The plot was fast paced and I felt like something exciting was always happening. I didn't know much about Norse mythology, but it was so interesting to learn about that mythology. Rick took a what could be a dry topic , Norse mythology, and made it fun to read about.

Magnus was a great main character who was full of wit and sass. I loved having him as the main character. I cannot wait to be reunited with him in the future books. Magnus' friends in this book were great as well. I thought it was so interesting how diverse the cast of characters were in this book. Each character was unique and endearing in their own way. I grew attached to the little family Magus formed in this book.

Overall, this book was a hilarious and exciting book. Some of the mythology is a little confusing, but once I was able to understand everything, this book was non-stop fun. I am so glad that I finally got around to reading it. 

4 / 5 Fangs

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