The latest new mythology series is out from Rick Riordan, ‘Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer’ – this one looks to the Norse Gods and Goddesses. MP!er Lois has had a read to see how Magnus Chase compares to Percy, Jason and Kane.
Have you read anything by Rick Riordan before? If not, are you more likely to now? / If you have, how does this compare? I am proud to say I own all of his mythology books and I love them all! It was so much like the Percy Jackson books, I felt that Magnus and Percy are extremely similar like they could be the same character with a name change, but I loved the fact that, for me, Magnus was portrayed as more emotional than Percy, or Jason, or even Kane. I also liked how in this book there was more diversity with the main characters, one being muslim and one being deaf.
If you had to recommend this book to a friend, what would be the best thing you’d tell them? e.g. writing, humour, characterisation, plot etc. I have recommended this book so many times to friends of mine, many of them had already read Percy Jackson, and Heroes of Olympus, I mainly recommend it on how funny the book is! Magnus and co. can be witty and sarcastic in these deadly situations, which is nice compared to some YA books because the characters are always so serious. I would also recommend it based of the characterisation because it can be rare to find such diverse characters together and to have them all work so well with one another even with their different backgrounds and lifestyles – for the friendships to not feel forced.
Did you have a favourite character? Tell us why!
Hearthstone! What a brilliant character! Having a disabled character is brilliant, not only does it teach any child reading this that a disability will not stop them from being a hero, it also shows how some people treat those will a disability. I loved how Hearth, throughout the book, worked so hard to protect Magnus and co. as well as how he uses the runestones as his magic. This allows any reader who is interested in magic and myths to see another type of magic that was really interesting!
What was your impression of Norse mythology before reading this book? Being a huge mythology and marvel (Thor) fan, I was aware of most of the stories and had even briefly studied them. Sometimes some of the stories can be complicated and confusing but I love the way they have been portrayed in this book, the way the stories have been pulled into the modern day help people to understand them outside of their ancient settings.
Can you remember your favourite line or scene?
Oh my gods there were so many! My top 5 being:
- “But Thor gets a little upset. He still holds a grudge that Jesus never showed up for that duel he challenged him to.” – A line that could only ever appear, and make sense, in a Rick Riordan book.
- “No, it’s Magnus, rhymes with swag-ness.” – Oh swag-ness, only you could say that.
- “One guy wore nothing but a pair of Speedos. He’d painted himself blue and was armed only with a baseball bat. Across his chest were the words COME AT ME, BRO.” – I truly have no words and I don’t think it needs words.
- “A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” – Jack the sword, trash talking Riptide there. Love to see a moment of Percy and Magnus meeting and there being a sword off!
- “Blades before babes.” – Jack once again! How much sass can you get from a talking sword? That should be the tagline of the series.
Rate out of 10. I would give it 7/10 because while I loved the story, I found it far too similar to the original Percy Jackson – it felt a little bit like a rip off in that sense. But overall the story was amazing, great characters with brilliant backstories and loved how there was no real love story in it, pure myths and action! The book truly transports you into the nine realms and sometimes I felt as if I was standing there with Magnus, Sam Hearth and Blitz, fighting the frost giants.
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