The Sword of Summer
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, bk 1
From the dust jacket: “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 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 been lost for thousands of years. The more Randolph talks, the more the 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.”
I’m off on another Rick Riordan grand adventure and much like the Percy Jackson stories, Magnus Chase is a 16-year-old boy with a sacrificing mother and a god for a father. Only the god is of the Norse pantheon – you know – those crazy dudes with horned helmets, metal bras and dragons on the bow of their ships – Vikings?? (Not the football team!) It turns out our Northern European friends have a whole bunch of gods separate from the ones we already knew about – the gods of Rome and Greece. And, also like Percy Jackson, Magnus starts out alone, save a couple of protectors, gathers a new friend or two and goes off do to battle with evil – with the promise of the Norse version of Armageddon called Ragnarok.
The similarities between the two heroes (Percy and Magnus) are obvious but acceptable because Riordan does such a darn good job at storytelling. He knows how to dangle a hook in the water and his readers (like me) grab that bait and hold on for dear life – hoping the book doesn’t end anytime soon. I have nothing negative to report. It’s all good. Oops – hold on! The first bad thing is I have 10 other readers ahead of me before I get book 2 (from the library) and the second bad thing is the 3rd book won’t be out until sometime next year. How do I know there’s going to be a 3rd book? Because Riordan just can’t stop with two books! Think about it – the Percy Jackson series went on for 9 books plus 2 ebooks of additional adventures!! I’m going to love spending the next 5 or 6 years with Magnus!!
Rating 5 out of 5 paws!!!