Book Review: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

General  Thoughts:

Seriously, Why did I never pick up a Rick Riordan book ever before?  I am literally kicking myself for that. I need to get to all his books.. like right now…..and there are so many ….I picked this up, because i did not really recover from the Thor: Ragnarok movie i watched a few weeks ago… and OMG i absolutely loved this book..
Since there are a lot of people talking about the Percy Jackson references  made in this book, and i only got to know about it halfway through … i really was having second thoughts to stop and reading the previous series. Although it’s not absolutely necessary it did kind of left me intrigued and wanting to read the previous series.

Honestly, I have a lot to say.. *coughs* get comfortable , this is going to take awhile.
Also… Spoiler Alert… 😀

Plot Summary:

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die

Things I liked:

  • The World”s”
    Okay I just loved the world building of this book, and even though it’s just the beginning of a series it has so much action and adventure throughout  the book, that I couldn’t put it down.  Asgard and Alfheim were my absolute favourites. Asgard because it has Valhalla and Alfheim for the fact that they name everything they own, like the cup they drink in, or the chair they sit on. I think that was pretty awesome. I loved all the Gods and their powers..and i liked how i got to experience the dwarf as well as the giant’s world. I liked the part where Magnus was constantly reminding himself that Freya is his Aunt and he shouldn’t constantly be thinking how beautiful she is.. which was funny.
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  • Norse Mythology
    Even though, I barely knew about Norse Mythology this book was an easy read. Although, it did feel like a task to remember who does what because there are so many characters and after a point i was really grateful for having the glossary section in the book.  I also liked how Thor is not like what they show in the Marvel movies and Rick Riordan has given his own touch to everything. Some of Thor’s interaction with Magnus actually made me laugh out loud in public places… like how he said he lost his hammer and he tried searching for it on the Find Your Hammer app lol.. or the fact that he farts a lot .. lol.
  • Humour and Sarcasm
    Magnus Chase is so funny and sarcastic which made him so lovable. Also the chapter titles where so quirky and hilarious. OMG.. this book is action packed and funny at the same time.. I have never liked a book so much ..i want to re read it right after i finish reading it.
  • Characters
    The protagonist was obviously well developed. However, The sidekicks were equally amazing. I loved Sam, Hearthstone and Blitz. The four of them together was a delight and i loved their interactions. Hearthstone is a character that’s deaf and only uses sign language which was pretty cool, and i love how magnus interprets all his sign language words.  His backstory was rather heartbreaking, and i loved loved the little speech about the empty cups that Magnus Chase gave him. * Awww*
    Blitz is a character that loves fashion designing and wants to open up his own store. I enjoyed the Dwarf contests and how eh avenges his father’s death. Sam, the Valkyrie who is the Daughter of Loki and is trying to constantly prove her loyalty to Valhalla was such an important side character. I wanted to know so much more about her..
    Infact i loved the hallmates in Valhalla too. I really want to see more of them.
    Jack the sword with all his hilarious comments and all the scenes with the Giants made him so adorable.
  • Loki
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    Even though he is the Villain i like how he is so funny and poised and good with words. At times, I almost felt like maybe what he says does make sense, why take the sword anywhere near the wolf when the sword is destined to cut him loose.  And then you’re like, No.. that advice can’t be coming from Loki.. I am sure he is on to something.  I know he is the villain, but he is good at it.
    Image result for thor memeEspecially the Epilogue… such a cliffhanger..

    * I can’t wait to read the next book*

Things I didn’t like:

  • Even though I loved Sam as a character and i really want to read more about her in the other books of the series. I just couldn’t really picture her interacting with Norse gods and then being a Muslim too. I mean, there is nothing wrong with that.. i just felt the whole character description of her being a muslim was not really necessary in a Norse Myth story .. if that makes sense. Like.. it felt like it was only mentioned to highlight some serious issues which in that case.. on point Mr. Rick Riordan.

I would recommend it to someone that loves Norse Mythology and action – packed adventure stories. 

Notable Quotes:

“Such is human memory… you forget the truth and believe what makes you feel better.”

“The thing about talking swords…it’s hard to tell when they’re kidding. They have no facial expressions. Or faces.”

“Somebody once told me that a hero’s bravery has to be unplanned – a genuine response to a crisis. It has to come from the heart, without any thought of reward.”

“even if we can’t change the big picture, our choices can alter the details. That’s how we rebel against destiny,”

“I TOLD MY NEW FRIENDS I was allergic to dismemberment. They just laughed and herded me toward the combat arena. This is why I don’t like making new friends.”

“Blades before babes, you know what I’m saying?”


I obviously hate myself for being so ignorant about Norse Myths and decided to know more about it. You could check out some brief information about the Norse Family Tree,  since it was so hard to keep up with who is known for what in the story… and also about Ragnarok , which is mentioned and dreaded so much.
Have you read the Magnus Chase Series? What do you love about it? Let me know if you loved something I missed out on.

 

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