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
Days to Read: 
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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!

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?

Weekly Update: 19.5.19

I’ve had another slow reading week this week. I don’t want to make excuses but we did have NAPLAN this week at school so my brain was absolutely fried!

I am really close to finishing ‘Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer’ But Rick Riordan.

I am 100% going to finish this book this week! I need to finish this!

Once I finish this read I don’t really know what I am going to move onto, I have a few book options, but I know I want to choose something that is going to fulfil one of the 2019 Reading Challenge prompts!

A quick update, but I suppose that comes along with a slow reading week!

Books I wish I’d Gotten to in 2018

2018 has been a great year for reading. I’ve really gotten back into reading as a hobby and enjoying reading again. However there are only so many books I can get to in a year these are some books I wish I’d gotten to this year but haven’t been able too… 

This is a series I discovered in the later part of 2018 and I am really sad that I haven’t gotten to it yet! Excited to read in 2019.

This is another series that I haven’t been able to get to in 2018, I honestly am now realising that there are so many amazing books I haven’t gotten to in 2018. 

I know, I know, I know, I can’t believe I haven’t read the Darker Shades of Magic trilogy yet! I don’t even know why I haven’t picked it up yet. 

This is another one I think I need to priorities in 2019 because OMG how have I not read this yet? 

 Another series that I am already late to the party on but haven’t read…. I can’t even explain myself at this point!

Six of Crows and the Shadow and Bone series are both ones I want to get to as well.

There are so many series I haven’t gotten to, but also so many that I have read so lets hope I can smash out a few in 2019!

Those are some of the big series that I haven’t gotten to in 2018, What are some books you haven’t gotten to yet this year?