Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Sword of Summer

Title: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan 
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 491
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Magnus Chase has been living on the streets ever since his mother was killed two years ago, until one day when he catches wind that somebody is looking for him. This time, though, it's not the police.  

When Magnus learns he's the son of a Norse god, and that the end of the world, according to the Norse, is to take place in less than a week if he doesn't prevent it, Magnus is sent off on a crazy journey through the nine worlds with a few of his friends. 

Wow, this was great! It was like stepping back into Rick Riordan's style before he wrote Heroes of Olympus.  Since I like PJO a lot more than HoO, this was very satisfying! 

So, common misconception here. 

This is not, I repeat, is not,  some epilogue-y type book for HoO. Annabeth and her father are the only HoO/PJO characters in the book. (Well, sort of, but I won't spoil any of that for you.) So yeah, this one girl started freaking out about Percabeth when she saw my book, but that's not really what it is. So, if your thinking that's what this is going to be, you are sadly mistaken.  However, there are some great moments between Magnus and Annabeth about PJO. 

Moving on...

Why I liked the book!

It was really funny and enjoyable to read, which is typical in Rick's style, so you should expect it.

The chapter titles!  Do you remember back during PJO when all the chapter titles were really long?  That's what they're like here!  So, yay!

The plot is really interesting and there are great characters. Rick Riordan even includes a deaf character, which I feel like they are so underrepresented, so that was fantastic! You can tell Riordan researched ASL, too, so he knew what he was doing when he described Hearth's signs.  

My only complaint is that is was a little harder to remember all the different terms, and which god/goddess was in charge of what. Percy Jackson did a better job of teaching you the mythology than this does. 

In the end, though, this was a great, suspenseful, and hilarious novel!
So get ready for another amazing adventure brought to you by Rick Riordan.  

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