Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer

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So, I just finished reading the first book in Rick Riordan’s Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, The Sword of Summer. And as a fan of Rick Riordan’s work, the fantasy genre, and mythology, I truly enjoyed the book.

I’ll admit, it took me a while to actually read the book because of my schedule, and reading it was just as tough with the scheduling thing, but hey! I got through it.

Like any of his previous works, Riordan has done a splendid job when dealing with Norse mythology. Norse Gods and mythology is something of an unknown to me except for Odin, Thor, Loki, Frigg, and Freya. So it was exciting to learn something new, even if it has a funny twist to it.

Magnus Chase, the hero of the story, of course doesn’t know of his godly parentage which is nothing short of a surprise to anyone who has read Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Chronicles of Kane, and The Heroes of Olympus. And like the Heroes in each of the above mentioned book series, Magnus has gone through his fair share of adversity.

As a somewhat clueless, innocent, witty, but worthy hero, he shares similarities to the ever popular Percy Jackson, Jason Grace, and Leo Valdez. He struggles, in a hilarious kind of way, with handling the responsibilities of his parentage and the quest he embarks on.

Supported by an excellent cast of characters that show flashes of true heroism and sacrifice, they not only teach, guide, and help Magnus, they support him in a way that we all hope to achieve. The help comes in the form of family. Not like the blood family kind of way, but through experiences and trials.

The history of each character is brought to the surface in the chapters, where we learn about their purpose, their dreams, their aspirations, and how it all ties in at the end. The characters are unique, funny, and heartwarming in their own right to the point that after reading, you’d just want to hug each of them. The cast of characters is very much like our favorite set of Greek and Roman demigods in The Heroes of Olympus.

Packed with funny lines, jokes, and pop culture references, this is one entertaining read. And by references, watch out for the chapter with Thor. That was hilarious.

Magnus Chase is related to Annabeth Chase (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and Heroes of Olympus), who makes an appearance in the book, which leaves me wondering if she will have a bigger role over the course of this series.

Watch out for the epilogue. It’s the perfect set up.

My verdict: this series is one to watch out for. Rick Riordan has done it again by introducing us to a new set of Gods and bringing us their history in a way that we have all come to enjoy from his works. 5 out of 5 Stars.

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