Fantasy Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer 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 an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph 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.

Riordan has created another off-shoot series of Percy Jackson, though this only overlaps one character at the moment. And these Scandinavian gods and folklore are much different than the Greek and Roman gods. As someone from Scandinavian descent, I’m fascinated and was drawn to this new series immediately.

The Sword of Summer is the first in the Magnus Chase series. Magnus is a homeless youth who has been through incredibly hard times, but is still sweet and a good friend. The characters a colorful and complex, especially a certain Valkyrie who happens to be of Middle Eastern descent. Familiar and lesser-known gods and fantastic creatures make for a fascinating premise. And this first installment has plenty of fast-paced adventure, mystery, and secrets. From Boston to Valhalla – Magnus’ adventures have just begun. I can’t wait for the next in this incredible new series.

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