Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Sword of Summer

Review by:

Aidan Kessinger

Elizabeth Davis Middle

Written by: Rick Riordan

Published by: Disney Hyperion

ISBN: 978-148476036-9

Genre: Mythology/Fantasy

Review

Hands-Down this is one of the best books I have ever read. Its story engulfed me in a sea of thoughts clearly expressed in a magnificent story. In this book, Rick properly expresses dialogue throughout the story as a way to keep the story flowing. The words are fluid and tie in together perfectly to make the reader visualize the event. The language in this book is adequate enough to satisfy even the most "hardcore" readers, but it is simple enough to be understood by a fifth grader.


The story line involves the "Chosen One" cliche as do all of the Rick Riordan books, and in this case it worked out well. Magnus didn't have superpowers like the last few main characters in Rick's books. He is the easily most relatable to teens in this day and age. The main character, Magnus is a hobo teenager who lives in fear of the law, his uncle, and the people around him. One day a demon shows up and kills him while his friends, Blitzen the dwarf and Hearthstone the deaf elf are trying to defend him. A Valkyrie takes him up to Valhalla where he is bathed in glory for taking down the demon with him. Magnus is preparing for the great battle of Ragnarok when something happens. He is then tasked with chaining up a evil Wolf, Fenris who wants to cause chaos in the world. He then strikes out on the journey to chain the wolf, and free his debts along the way. This story is centered around quests that break the rules (Hint). I thought that overall the story was one in a myriad of amazing books, and it deserves a special place in every Mythology fan's heart.


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Further Explorations

If you want to read the official preface of the book, click me!
Just like in the book, climb Yggdrasil's facts to one of the nine worlds!

When will Ragnarok happen? Who knows but this is what will happen!

Magnus was killed, but Sam brought him to Asgard where he trained for Ragnarok. Learn about the wonderful battle-filled heaven of hell here.

Sam is a Valkyrie, a warrior of Asgard who defends its realm and brings dead heros' souls to the heavenly realm.

Odin (who looks like Gandalf) is the all powerful god of Asgard who commands the legion that will go against evil when Ragnarok comes.

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