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Book Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

 


The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan 
Series: Magnus Chase, #1
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 493 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 2016 by Otava
Rick Riordan: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Kesän Miekka”.

Synopsis:
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.

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 was in the mood of re-reading my favorite Rick Riordan series, so here we are with the first book from Magnus Chase.

“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”

Magnus Chase has been homeless since his mom died few years ago. His uncle tells him that his father is one of the Norse gods and Magnus needs to get his sword, as if his life isn’t hard enough already. There’s some difficulties and Magnus ends up in Hotel Valhalla before he knows it.

I just love how good friends Blitz and Hearth are with Magnus. All three of them have a hard past and I’m just so glad they found each other. Samirah even warmed up to Magnus in the end. I just love how different all Riordan’s characters are and that they’re not all white and straight. Samirah, for example is a Muslim.

“I know what it feels like to be an empty cup, to have everything taken away from you. But you’re not alone. However much magic you need to use, it’s okay. We’ve got you. We’re your family.”

Amazingly enough from all the amazing characters in this book I missed Jack the most. He’s just so hilarious and can pretty kick ass. Where can I get a sword like that? Not that I even need on in real life. Magnus was disappointed with the sword at first because he wanted it to turn something small like a pen and Jack had never heard anything more stupid. Percy Jackson anyone?

I’m still pretty out of the whole mythology, so thankfully there’s a dictionary in the back of the book, like I kept getting confused every time between Aesir and Vanir. Also there were so many places the death could go to; Hotel Valhalla, Folkvanger and Helheim. It really depends on how you die.

Rating
4.5 stars

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