Book Review: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1)

Book Review: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase #1)The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rick Riordan
Published by Disney - Hyperion Books on October 6th 2015
Genres: action, adventure, myths
Pages: 499

The 411 Junkie Rundown

Valhala, Loki, Thor, Odin, the Valkeries. Yep, they're all included in this newest adventure from Rick Riordan. Magnus Chase finds out who his father is and gets dragged into this world of Norse mythology. Befriending a sword, a prophecy, and breaking the rules to stopping Ragnorak is on Magnus' agenda, even if he doesn't want it.

The Hook: A contemporary mythological adventure by the present-day myth-weaving master, Rick Riordan? With Norse mythology? I could NOT pass up.

I’ve been dying to read this one since it was uploaded to my Kindle on its release day. Life got in the way and here I am, two years later, binge reading the three books that are out. I’m so glad I finally tackled this one. Mr. Riordan did not disappoint.

The Good
  • The voice. It’s been a while since I’ve visited Mr. Riordan’s world of present-day demigods taking on their own challenges from their godly parent, but I liked the voice of Magnus Chase. Reading from his perspective was very entertaining.
  • The blend of myth and present day. Perhaps this should be a permanent bullet for all of Mr. Riordan’s books because they are so well done. Just as he did with the Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus, the blend of Norse mythology with the present day is, well, brilliant. Mr. Riordan’s introduction into the Norse world had the right amount of balance. The mythology wasn’t too heavy nor was it too light.
  • The adventure. From the moment Magnus found out his family heritage to getting acquainted with weaponry to overcoming the odds with only half of the information. I loved it. It was well paced, exciting enough to keep me hooked, and the ending wasn’t a cliffhanger. All pluses in my book.
And the Not so Good
  • I’ll get back to you. I always feel like I should mention what was “not so good” but sometimes, you just can’t find anything you really didn’t like. This was the case for me with this one. Maybe if I reread it? But I’m not going to strain myself to find a negative if none pops up immediately.
With that said . . .

There is one thing I absolutely loved! But, it’s a spoiler so don’t look if you hate spoilers. View Spoiler » This was a great first book in this series and I can’t wait to read the rest.



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