What could possibly make a Rick Riordan series better? I think it might be Thor! Find out what MP!er Lauren thought of the first book in Rick Riordan’s new Norse mythology series, ‘Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer’.
Have you read anything by Rick Riordan before? If not, are you more likely to now? / If you have how does this compare? Sadly, I hadn’t read anything by Rick Riordan before. I’ve heard great things about the ‘Percy Jackson’ series and have been meaning to read them for ages. Having read ‘Magnus Chase’ I will most definitely be buying the whole series and will read the days away!
If you had to recommend this book to a friend, what would be the best thing you’d tell them? Magnus has such a strong voice throughout the book, and he has typical teenage boy humour (it’s not too cocky though). Although the plot can be a bit difficult to follow, it’s still easily readable. The good thing is, Magnus seems to be just as confused as me. The chapter titles make my day, they’re always so strange and funny. And they give you a little insight to what’s going to be happening in the chapter. Rick Riordan is one incredible writer, especially for YA books.
Did you have a favourite character? Tell us why! Magnus has got to be my favourite character, mainly because I felt that I could fully trust him. There are times in the book where I connect with him, and I get how strange everything must seem to him. Obviously I loved all of the characters, they are all special in their own way. But I felt Magnus’ pain when he spoke about his mother’s death in the beginning and I got his subtle, sarcastic humour.
What was your impression on Norse mythology before reading this book? I didn’t really know anything about Norse mythology, I had heard about Thor and Loki but that was only because of Marvel. I now feel intrigued to learn more about Norse mythology.
Can you remember your favourite line or scene? I loved the scene where it all basically started. When Magnus met Surt and he had the sword. It all felt heroic and exciting! I had such a big idea of what the whole scene looked like and I somehow felt the adrenaline that Magnus was feeling (obviously not half as much, I’m not going to walking into fire any time soon).
I also loved the squirrel scene when he ended up in Boston with his green pyjamas on. For me it just seemed hilarious as I couldn’t imagine a 16-year old Kurt Cobain look-alike with green silky pyjamas.
Another main thing that I loved was the description of Magnus’ mum and how real she seemed. But she didn’t seem like a typical mum, it totally worked with how Magnus was supposed to look like a punk boy!
Rate out of ten. I would give this book a 7, as it could be made a bit better. The whole thing kind of confused me a bit because one moment you’re against one character then the next page you’re against another. It’s really confusing who you’re supposed to be rooting for. Overall though, it is an amazing book with an amazing plot and amazing characters!
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