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5.0 out of 5 starsAnother great book by Rick Riordan, loved it.
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2016
My 13 year old son and I loved the book. We enjoy Rick Riodan's writing. I am a bit conservative, but there is a character who is transgender. Had to Explain that, but this character is also a shape shifter, so explanation was ok. Interesting character. Definitely worth the read.
Disappointed. Definite agenda and right off noticed obvious digs at my personal religious beliefs. I’m a fan of mythology and enjoyed these books until the author decided to make them his soapbox. Deleted from my device and didn’t get past the first few chapters. Looks like this author is no longer an enjoyable read. My beliefs are attacked on a daily basis now, I’m sure not going to pay for it!
I recently reviewed Rick Riordan’s first Magnus Chase book (see review dated September 21, 2017). In preparation for the release of the third and final book of this trilogy, on October 3, 2017, I read the second book in Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, The Hammer of Thor.
Book two picks up roughly six weeks after the end of book one, The Sword of Summer. Although Magnus is settling in at Valhalla, all is not settled. Thor has once again “misplaced” his hammer. Magnus has been charged with reuniting the hammer and Thor, and he must do so before the giants realize it is missing and attack.
As with Riordan’s other books, this Magnus Chase book is full of adventure, suspense, interesting characters, and mythological information. As with the others, too, it is well written and clever. I enjoyed the book and recommend it, although this is not my favorite of Riordan’s series. I love the crossover between his different series, however. I think my favorite part of the book was the very last line, while Magnus was meeting with his cousin, Annabeth. To avoid any spoilers, I will say no more – but I am definitely looking forward to book three!
Good book. My son really enjoys this series. The characters are diverse and the stories are interesting. Great follow up to Percy Jackson and introduces another rich world of ancient mythology. If your kids like super hero’s you’ll meet the mythological versions of Thor and Loki. Parents should be aware there is a biological female character who presents as gender fluid. While it isn’t a central issue in the book, you may want to be prepared in the event your child has questions. The author handles it fairly well for younger readers.
I really liked the movement of the story line. The characters are pretty like-like. At different times, funny, scared, confused, brilliant, dependent on the family of friends, protective of that same family. I really did not like all the difficult names to pronounce. I can't print a list of the pronunciations from my e-reader, and I can't remember how to pronounce them while I'm reading.
First of all, let's start with the cool part - Magnus Chase is a cousin of Annabeth. Yes, Annabeth from the Percy Jackson books. Small world. And probably something that will play a part in the later books.
By the end of 'The Sword of Summer', Magnus, Sam, Heath and Blitzen successfully managed to prevent Fenris from being released. We got to see parts of the Nine Worlds - primarily Midgard (Boston), a bit of Jotunheim - home of the Giants (not the SF baseball team or the NY football team), Niðavellir - home of the Dwarves (who are pretty awesome), and even a little bit of the two parts of Valhalla. Odin made a pretty sweet appearance. Why mention Odin and not the other Gods? Because Odin is the man! Errr . . . God! But don't worry, you'll see other Gods in this book. Some will be awesome. Some will let you down. Such is life.
Magnus' troubles are not ever over. This is a trilogy after all. Remember that part about Thor's hammer being missing from the first book? Yes, Magnus and the rest must now find the Hammer of Thor before an army of Giants invade Midgard. Oh and there's lots of fun stuff involving Loki, marriages, Wights, Elves (yes we get to go to Alfheim!).
As always, Riordan's sense of humor is the best. I continue to love his irreverence and his nods to pop culture. This is a good middle book in the trilogy and leaves me wanting the third and final book.
While not anywhere close to being the masterpiece that Percy Jackson's adventures are, Magnus Chase certainly is an interesting character in a very different kind of story. I do feel as though the story were written in a hurry because it has none of the enthralling genius that was apparrent in Rick Riordan's later books in the Percy Jackson series and in the Kane Chronicles as well as the first book about Apollo. However, I see plenty of potential in the story, love how diverse the characters are and am delighted to have representation from the Muslim population in a popular author's books. I can't wait to read the next one!
Riordan’s books are enjoyable. I have always been interested in mythology, and his books certainly cater to my interest. This series focuses on Norse mythical beings and their demigod children. Fast paced and amusing.