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Book Review: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Spoiler Free)

Monday, October 30, 2017


October 30, 2017

“You can't hold on to hate forever. It won't do a thing to the person you hate, but it'll poison you, sure enough.” ― Rick Riordan, The Ship of the Dead

Another great Riordan series comes to an end. 

I have been reading Rick Riordan since I was a kid and to be honest I have zero desire to stop. His books are so fun and easy to fall in love with. As I have grown older I like to read more adult and serious books, but sometimes after reading intense novel after intense novel, you just need to read a book that reminds you why you love reading. And well, Riordan is always there to help you out. The Ship of the Dead  is the third and final book of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series which follows the life of Magnus Chase (cousin to our favourite daughter of Athena) and his journey as he tries to save the world. He is a Norse demigod, a son of Frey, and he has some tricks up his sleeve. Along with the help of his friends, he sails across seas to finally defeat Loki once and for all. The synopsis is as followed:

FROM GOODREADS: Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor's hammer, Mjolnir. Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?


Sound good? Well it better as it is one hell of a book. I am a huge Percy Jackson and the Olympians fan, but I think I love this series even more. Not only is the book full of diversity, humor, and epic scenes of flyting, but you actually learn A LOT about mythology. Now that is usually the case when it comes to Riordan's books and it is a huge reason why so many people love them.

“You’re a strange person.” “I prefer the term fabulously weird.” ― Rick Riordan, The Ship of the Dead

Like the other two books in the series, there are mentions and appearances by some PJO characters which as a long time fan of Riordan, I was thrilled! It definitely keeps the readers interested. Magnus Chase for me is one of those stories that will not only entertain you, but it keeps that inner reader light alive. The Ship of the Dead expands on the lives of our favourite characters from Magnus to Alex to Samirah to Hearthstone. We get deeper backstories on Halfborn and Mallory, which by the way, Mallory's story for book 3 was great! Her journey throughout was probably my favourite. When it comes to T.J I think he has a very important role and his thoughts really make you think about a lot, especially American history. 

That is what I also love about these books. Through corny humor and talking swords, so many issues and interesting topics are brought up whether it be gender fluidity or discussion of religion it is all talked about and accepted in these books in a way kids can understand and that is beautiful to me.

“You have to flaunt the weird, my friends.” ― Rick Riordan, The Ship of the Dead


My favourite part about book 3 was that we got to see more of the nine realms and meet more Norse deities. And of course blossoming relationships and friendships that grow and grow which are adorable. Characters grow closer together and form deeper bonds. Because we learn more about some of their pasts, it becomes more of a family than a team and it makes for great dialogue and action scenes. If you are a fan of the Heroes of Olympus series then you will love these books. Besides, who doesn't want to read about the possible Norse apocalypse? 

I think the book ends well and is great conclusion to the trilogy. Do I wish there were two more like PJO? Well, yeah, but since it has to end, I don't think it could have ended better. I give this book 5/5 stars and will continue to cherish this trilogy just as I do with the rest of his books! Go on, give it a read! I await your thoughts!

Happy Reading!

- Haley

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