Going from Greek to Roman and now, we've got Norse mythology in The Sword of Summer and I love how this is a new take on Rick'a storytelling of mythology. You go with Magnus and the heroes on an adventure to stop Surt from unchaining Loki from his prison and setting Ragnorok on the world. You get to see Valhalla for all its glory (and not glory.) You meet gods and goddesses of Norse and histories of the Nordic people with those deities. Marvel's portrayal of Thor and Loki are far different from Rick's but equally as exciting to read about (although a bit unusual especially with Thor).
At first, reading about Magnus Chase made me think that it's another Percy Jackson series. It’s got the wit, the humor, and the gods at the start of the story; the same stubbornness that I thought to myself “oh no, Uncle Rick, not another Percy Jackson please my heart can’t take it anymore.” But as I read further along, I realized they weren’t the same. Magnus and Percy are two different stories with a few similar elements. You’ve still got the classic Rick Riordan humor mixed in but Magnus Chase is 5 sassier than Percy ever was.
The heroes of this story are some of my favorites to date because of the diversity in it, how Rick wrote them and their strengths and weaknesses. There's so much about their stories that makes them so relatable to kids and anyone that would feel a connection to being an underdog. There's Samirah, a Muslim ex-Valkyrie (they're sorta like guardians) who's bullied and is in an arranged marriage with a guy she's actually in love with; Blitzen, a fashion-loving dwarf in a weapons-forging community of dwarves or dark elves; Heathstone, a deaf elf shunned by his own people because of his disability; and of course our main guy Magnus, a homeless kid who's mom was murdered by wolves. Kudos to Rick for not making Magnus and Sam love interests too.
Whether you're a big fan of Rick Riordan, a fan of mythology or you just feel like reading this book, it's action-packed, witty, fun, and an overall great read.
- Ana Matti
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