Review: ‘Sword of Summer’ By Rick Riordan

‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’

By Rick Riordan

Book #1 in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Series

Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Date: 2015
Pages: 491
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Mythology
Days to Read: 9
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Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.

This was my first exploration into a story based in Norse Mythology. We follow Magnus Chase, a boy living on the streets. The beginning of the story really connects this trilogy to some of the existing stories written my Rick Riordan. This is something that I wasn’t expecting as the first two series I had read were based in Greek mythology and this one obviously being based in Norse mythology. It was definitely enjoyable though!

The myths and gods in Magnus Chase are taken seriously with references to current movies and comics where some characters are also portrayed. This by no means indicates that characters will look and act as they do in those places, they seem more true to myth. I really enjoyed learning more about Norse mythology and plan to read more into it soon!

Magnus Chase as a character feels like a classic Rick Riordan hero. He’s unsure of himself and his abilities but grows into someone with more self worth and realisation of capabilities beyond what he believes. This is what I enjoy about a Rick Riordan read, they show a character developing. I have no doubt that through the next 2 book we will see more of this.

I absolutely loved the introduction of each of the gods we met in this book it really felt unique to each of them and really gives an authentic feel to what the gods are like and how they are portrayed in myth.

If you are someone who loves Rick Riordan books or anything to do with mythology I feel like this could be a good read for you.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 8/10
World Building: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars: 5/5

Have you read the Magnus Chase Series, what do you think?