Guest Blogger: Mackenzie, Grade 10
Setting(Time): Current day
Setting (Place): Boston/ Valhalla
What would you rate this book: 4 out of 4 Stars
I rate the book four stars because it had both an interesting plot and entertaining characters, but the ending was predictable
The novelist, Rick Riordan, is best-known for his fictional fantasy literary work- his most recent series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: the Sword of the Summer, brings the reader into the world of Norse mythology. Aimed toward young adults, the novel tells the story of a teen growing up on the streets of Boston who discovers his Nordic God heritage. The main character, Magnus Chase, is the son of the God Frey, and uses his quick witted humor and sarcasm to add comedic relief for the reader. At the age of sixteen, Magnus died during a battle with a giant, and became an einherji (a child of a Nordic god whom died for heroic purposes) at Valhalla or the afterlife; he was taken there by another character by the name of Samirah al-Abbas or Sam. She is unrealistic as well because she is the daughter of the God a Loki and she is a Valkyrie. They are joined by two more characters, Blitzen and Hearthstone. The four of them venture through the Nordic world, in attempt to save the world from Ferris Wolf.
Magnus Chase and his three comrades are given two choices: let the whole world and Nordic realm be destroyed, or defeat evil giants, monsters, and wolves. As Magnus Chase himself said, “My name is Magnus Chase. I’m sixteen years old. This is the story of how my life went downhill after I got myself killed.” - Rick Riordan uses a comedic hook to describe the thrilling and action filled story of the challenges the newfound hero, Magnus Chase, faces. Will Magnus Chase save the world? Or will it be taken over by evil mythical creatures? Read to find out.
I would highly recommend the book to those who are, one- a teenager, and two- someone who genuinely enjoys mythology. However, those who did not enjoy series such as Percy Jackson should not read any Magnus Chase book- Both novels have similar themes but different mythological gods. Some adults would find a novel such as Magnus Chase interesting, though they would not have the same connection to the characters as a teen would.
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* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Young Adult Booklists
* New York Times Books Section (links to their Best Seller Lists)
* YALSA Book Awards & Booklists
* YALSA's Teens' Top Ten