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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan

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But one thing I’d learned from being a son of Frey- I couldn’t always fight my friends’ battles. The best I could do was be there to heal their injuries.

The Hammer of Thor is the second book of the trilogy The Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan. I’ve briefly reviewed the first book here. It’s a series based on Norse mythology, and this book in particular follows Magnus and his friends trying to find Thor’s hammer while trying to stop another of Loki’s plans. 

I really liked how this book expanded on Sam being Muslim while interacting with Norse gods. It also detailed more about sign language when Hearthstone, who is deaf, signs which I also liked. This book also introduced Alex who is transgender and gender fluid, and she quickly became one of my favorite characters. I’ve looked through other people’s reviews, and as far as I’ve seen the only people with problems with the representation in this book disagree with Alex and think it’s inappropriate for children. So I think that’s a good sign.

It’s usually common for the second book in the series to have a dip in quality, but I found that I liked this one more than the first one. In the first book, I struggled with the mythology, and it slowed down reading. This time, I knew who was who already so that made reading a lot easier and more enjoyable. 

The characters continue to be the strong point of the series for me. I love all of them individually, and all their relationships with each other. They grow and change, and it’s simply a pleasure to read. Magnus is still a very strong protagonist to me. He’s soft, and the others allow him to be soft without ridicule. It’s very refreshing.

The plot is much the same as his other books. Fetch this, something goes wrong, fetch that, something goes wrong, get information here, something goes wrong, and so on and so forth. But it doesn’t bother me like it does other readers who have read his other two series with Percy Jackson. Maybe if I had read that it would, but to me it’s nice to know what will basically happen. I’m invested in the story, but even with all the action and plot twists I’m not on the edge of my seat with my heart racing. That can be a negative to some people, but it was a nice change of pace for me.

Reading The Hammer of Thor almost felt like coming home. I sank into this book, and I didn’t want it to end. It was comforting, funny, lighthearted, and everything that I needed at the moment. I look forward to the third book coming out in October.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer is the first book in Rick Riordan’s newest trilogy. It is a young adult fantasy surrounding Norse mythology. It follows Magnus Chase, a sixteen year old homeless kid from Boston, and Annabeth’s cousin. Annabeth Chase from Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, in case you didn’t know. 

I gave this book five stars. It was a good, easy read. It was a balanced mixture of serious and funny and action. Magnus is a great main character, and the people he surrounds himself with are just as rich and interesting. I really liked learning about Norse mythology, and I think Riordan weaved it through the story really well.

I am aware of people not liking this book as much. A lot of his fans were disappointed. At first, I was really surprised by this, but I think I realize now why I have had such a different reaction to this book. I have not finished the Percy Jackson series. I have only read the first book of that one, so this is my second Riordan book. I don’t know Riodan’s tricks and characterization, so when people claim he reuses the same plots and characters, I don’t know what they are talking about. I can say I did like this book more than the first book in the Percy Jackson series. I felt that they pacing was better, so I had more time to breathe in between action scenes. I liked the characters in this story better, and I liked that this book didn’t take itself that serious. That was a major complaint I saw people make. But honestly, and this maybe a little spoilery, but if he had tried to make me take talking swords and talking goats seriously, I don’t think I would have been able to finish this book.

I will continue this series.  The second book, The Hammer of Thor, actually October 4th, and the third book is scheduled to be out next year. So not a long wait between books for someone who wants to start them now.