Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
“Magnus Chase has seen his share of trouble. Ever since that terrible night two years ago when his mother told him to run, he has lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, staying one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, Magnus learns that someone else is trying to track him down—his uncle Randolph, a man his mother had always warned him about. When Magnus tries to outmaneuver his uncle, he falls right into his clutches. Randolph starts rambling about Norse history and Magnus’s birthright: a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
The more Randolph talks, the more puzzle pieces fall into place. Stories about the gods of Asgard, wolves, and Doomsday bubble up from Magnus’s memory. But he doesn’t have time to consider it all before a fire giant attacks the city, forcing him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents. . . .
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.” ~ Description from Goodreads
If you have followed my blog from the very beginning, you know I LOVE Rick Riordan. One of my very first blog post was actually some book recommendations where I actually mentioned his Kane Chronicles, which is the series involving the Egyptian gods.
Flash forward to today….. I just reread this book because I recently bought book 2 and book 3 (recently as in this time last year lol) and needed a refresh. I still LOVE It! I totally forgot that Magnus is related to Annabeth. Last name Chase. DUH! I have read ALL of Riordan’s books (except Trials of Apollo, I’m getting those after I finish Gods of Asgard). I love the sarcasm of the characters because it makes them really relatable when weird things are happening. I also really love the research that clearly goes into ALL of these books. Also, one of my favorite parts is ALWAYS the chapter titles! I like that they aren’t just numbered and some are quite giggle worthy.
I can’t wait to catch more of Thor in the next book and see if he caught up on his sitcoms! Haha!
If you loved the Percy Jackson series, pick up this book. If you love fresh takes on Norse gods, pick up this book. For me, any of the books in any or Riordan’s series so far have been a delight to read.