Top positive review
Fast paced; good read
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2016
You can tell Riordan is through in his mythology research and uses that knowledge to build stories that draw readers in and teach them a little mythology while entertaining them. In the line of Percy Jackson series (Greek and Roman mythology) and the Kane's series (Egyptian mythology), he has done the same with Norse mythology with a little spin to it.
His heroes seem to have a few common themes -personal tragedy (i.e. The death of a parent or some thing in that line), no knowledge of their true parentage, and a quest of some sort that awakens their potential strength. Also humour/sarcastic nature.
This book doesn't disappoint. I found myself reading this book in the voice of my 18 year old son, who still loves reading these books. It's a quick read after reading books at Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or Game of Thrones.
For pre-teens and children interested in mythology, this is a good read. Not everyone lives, but it's not as violent as GoT nor as gory. It shows character development in both the hero and his friends and those around him. The villains are not 2D, but have plenty of depth and sometimes make you wonder what their angle are. Even those who seem to be on their side makes you wonder about their true intentions.
I would recommend Roirdan's books; even to the most reluctant readers!