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Book Review: The Sword of Summer

Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016

Hello Hello Hello!

Oh, look! Another Rick Riordan book review! This time we got Vikings people and as skeptical about this new series, well new to me, I was so impressed with it.

Welcome to the world of Magnus Chase, son of a Norse god. I was never really into Norse Mythology, but now I am all about that! Of course there are the movies about Thor and Loki with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston, and I love them! Yet they didn't always get things right, for one, Odin didn't lose his eyes fighting frost giants, he sacrificed it for knowledge from Mimir.



ANYWAYS this book was a beautiful read and I'm looking forward to Book two. "Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer" was a wild ride of life, death, and survival. Meet Magnus Chase, the lovely cousin of our favorite daughter of Athena, Annabeth Chase. When I first heard of the book I didn't make the connection at all. Although it only makes sense that Magnus is related to Annabeth. I mean they're both smart, brave, and full of life...well...sort of. In this novel, Demigod Magnus is out to secure the terrible Fenris Wolf, son of Loki. Alongside him is Samirah (Sam) al-Abbas, daughter of Loki and well trained Valkyrie, Blitzen (Blitz) the stylish Dwarf, and Hearthstone (Hearth) the deaf Elf. Together they enter many of the Nine Realms and try to delay Ragnarok or Doomsday.

Magnus is fated to use Sumarbrander or The Sword of Summer and keep it out of the hands of Surt, the fire giant. As Magnus learns to control his sword, their bond becomes one that is deadly. Magnus of course renames the sword Jack and together they fight giants and combat evil Squirrels. Jack is slowly becoming my favorite character and YES the sword is considered a character, trust me.

Along the way Magnus meets many gods and goddesses that assist him on his quest including his father. In my opinion the Norse gods are more personal than the Greeks, like Magnus' father is amazing. Almost as amazing as Poseidon, but we aren't talking about PJO right now, sorry I got off track.

Magnus is a sixteen year old Norse Demigod and like most Demigods, he has no idea what he's doing. I feel like there is this manual that they get a birth that states "Welcome, new Demigod! Here's everything you should learn about defending the world and all the things you SHOULD do, but don't do anything and just wing it! Good luck!" At least that's what it feels like.

Then we have Samirah, the young Valkyrie/ Demigod. I can't imagine life is easy for her as her father is Loki god of magic. When you think of Loki, do you think of the movie version? Well in this book he is exactly like that, but more of a prick. Samirah goes through many changes in this book and really rises to the occasion to help Magnus and prove she is more than just Loki's daughter,

Moving on to the Dwarf. We get to meet Blitzen or Blitz for short. He is at Svartalf from Niðavellir and he is the best dressed Dwarf in history. Blitz pretends to be homeless and looks after Magnus as he lives on the streets, yet it turns out that the Svartalf is a man of many talents. Need a new suit, no problem! Need a expando-duck? Easy! What about someone to attack a fire giant with a toy sign? You Betcha! I love Blitz and how protective he is of Magnus and Hearth.

Which brings us to the fourth companion, Hearthstone, the deaf elf! Now Hearthstone or Hearth is another guardian of Magnus. He communicates through Sign Language and Magnus and Blitz understand him perfectly. Hearth is a master of Rune magic and even though he seems like he would be at a disadvantage, I think he is the strongest of them all. He has overcome diversity and has mastered his craft.

Together this new little family fight to defend all nine worlds and learn more about themselves and each other. I don't want to give anymore away, but please if you love Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books, then I can assure you, you will enjoy this book just as I did. Book two comes out in October, so get on it! This book has been a joy to read and I cannot believe it took my this long to read it.

Overall I think that Riordan has done it again, as usual, and has flawlessly combined humor, the modern world, and the wondrous world of mythology to create a novel that will leave you wanting more. Off to read something else!

Happy Reading

- Haley


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