Review: ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor’ By Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase & the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor

By Rick Riordan

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Date: 2016
Pages: 459
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
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“Magnus Chase, you nearly started Ragnarok. What are you going to do next?”

It’s been six weeks since Magnus and his friends returned from defeating Fenris Wolf and the fire giants. Magnus has adjusted to life at the Hotel Valhalla—as much as a once-homeless and previously alive kid can. As a son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus doesn’t exactly fit in with the rest of Odin’s chosen warriors, but he has a few good peeps among his hallmates on floor nineteen, and he’s been dutifully training for Ragnarok along with everyone else. His days have settled into a new kind of normal.

But Magnus should have known there’s no such thing as normal in the Nine Worlds. His friends Hearthstone and Blitzen have disappeared. A new hallmate is creating chaos. According to a very nervous goat, a certain object belonging to Thor is still missing, and the thunder god’s enemies will stop at nothing to gain control of it.

Time to summon Jack, the Sword of Summer, and take action. Too bad the only action Jack seems to be interested in is dates with other magical weapons.

I have wanted to continue with the ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard’ series as soon as I put down the first book in the series. But having so many things to reading and heading on a trip overseas stopped me from jumping right into the next book. Now we are here and I have finally read it!

So if you do not know ‘Magnus Chase & The Hammer of Thor’ is the sequel to ‘Magnus Chase & the Sword of Summer’ we follow Magnus and his friends as they go on a very roundabout mission to recover Thor’s Hammer which has been stolen.

I really like Magnus as a character. He isn’t arrogant and can really under estimate his own abilities. I really enjoy reading from his perspective for that. I also find his narration of the story absolutely hilarious! I honestly wanted to tab up my copy with the lines that genuinely had me laughing (however I ran out of tabs).

The stories progression was well paced and covered more of the Norse myths which I really enjoyed as I recognised them from Neil Gaiman’s ‘Norse Mythology’. I really enjoyed how they incorporated them into the story. Overall I thought that the characters were central to the plot and their development grew with the story itself.

The Nine worlds being set in Boston and the Greek myths being set in New York in Rick Riordan’s Universe is something I absolutely love! I love that we hear of things from the other Rick Riordan series and how the gods are all intertwined.

I honeatly cannot wait to read ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead’ and really wish there were more book in the series!

Plot: 8.5/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 9/10
World Building:7.5/10
Quality of Writing: 9/10
Stars: 5/5

I absolutely love this series and cannot wait to get to the final book!