Books, Teen Reviews

Read + Review — Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard I: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

51je-Tg3pHL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_This book starts after Rick Riordan’s previous series, “Heroes of Olympus.” Magnus Chase, cousin to Annabeth Chase, is a homeless, orphaned boy roaming the streets in New York. Little does he knows that his entire life, past and present, is about to drastically change. When suddenly Magnus’s cousin, Annabeth, and Uncle Frederick appear searching for him, his adventure starts! He heads over to Uncle Randolph’s mansion and tries to steal some food and look around. He finds his uncle waiting for him and finds out a surprising thing about his past. Randolph guides Magnus to a bridge and Magnus finds out something supernatural. He battles a creature from another realm and eventually finds himself in a hotel. He meets his new “guide” and finds out a hair-raising secret about his two “homeless” buddies, Hearthstone and Blitzen. Magnus is confused about everything and the prophecy issued by the Norms is not helping. Magnus and his friends are the only people who can stop Ragnarok, Doom’s Day, and so they escape the hotel and set out on a journey, racing the clock, to prevent his enemy from releasing the destruction of the gods and starting Ragnarok.

Rick Riordan has done it again! I would rate this book 5 and a half stars! He has the sarcastic chapter titles back in play! Riordan has brought some characters from the previous books to the new ones. He starts off awesome, giving a solid background to all the characters and then getting to hilarious action. Last time in his books, there was Greek and Egyptian, but now he has added a completely new addition by including Norse in this book. He has a snappy, witty way of writing that makes all the scenes hilarious, stand out from one another, but also flow together in a way. Riordan really brings out the characters in the book and includes information from mythology and his previous books. He has made a book worth reading and I can’t wait to see what Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard have in store for all of Riordan’s readers!

One of many memorable things about this book is the way Riordan writes the story. He adds a personality to the characters in a way you can’t imagine. His witty way of writing makes all the scenes, even battle scenes seem funny and happier then they would normally be. He writes the books so that you can easily understand and process everything in the book. Riordan includes fiction and nonfiction in his book and balances the two very well. He really understands the way reality and imagination fit together. In the end, Riordan always creates a book that we can all read and learn from!


Reviewed by Ojas, Grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library

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