Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Sword of Summer

Written by Rick Riordan

Published by Disney- Hyperion Books

ISBN: 1423160916

Genre: Fantasy


Awards:

2015 Goodreads Choice Award Winner

Review

The book Magnus Chase was a fantastic book. This book did a very good job at evolving the characters. In the past, Rick Riordian has always been good at not making his characters perfect in every way. First of all, Magnus was homeless and hadn't finished high school. Secondly, he was a thief. Most times authors try to make thier characters pergect so that people won't start to dislike them. I believe that in any book the characters shouldn't be perfect so that they can be relatable.


On the other hand, this book had the same plot as Percy Jackson; a boy is born to a mother who always vaguely talks about his father, then come to find out, that the boy's father is actually a god. In this book, however, Magnus' mother died when she was attacked by wolves who came looking for Magnus. As a result, Magnus had to live on the streets. I thought that the plot line of Magnus having to survive on the streets was really odd. The fact that no one wondered where he was or who was taking care of him was very unrealistic. Although there were some bad aspects of the book, I still think that it was very well written.



Additional Review

Further Explorations

  • The book takes place in the Nine Worlds of Norse Mythology
  • The giant that Thor lost his staff to was actually his arch nemesis, Gerriod
  • The Norse god, Thor, is not like the movies portray him.
  • The god who spoke to Magnus, Loki, is much more devious than the book portrays.
  • Magnus' father, Frey, is part of the Vanir group of gods.
  • Magnus' story begins when he dies and goes to Valhalla.

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