Series: #1 in Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Release Date: 6 October 2015
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 an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle 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 . . .
I don’t know if it was a good idea to start the whole Rick Riordan saga with this particular book, but I didn’t feel like I was being spoiled or anything. The third book of this series was also the book for Booksplosion, so I thought I’d start here at the first one.
The story follows the adventures of Magnus Chase, a homeless 16 year old who is all of a sudden in the middle of a war for doomsday, Ragnarok. He travels through the Nine Worlds with his crew (Sam, Hearth and Blitz), and is learning about the whole Norse world.
Magnus is a funny guy, he can crack jokes all the time and lighten the situation. I enjoyed reading from his point of view as he wasn’t so whiny and weak. Sure, he didn’t know too much, but he did his best and it was entertaining.
Sam was a strong and skilful Valkyrie, and was a great companion/guide for Magnus. With everything that happened to her, she was still very loyal to her duties and I admire her for that.
Hearth and Blitz were very interesting and unique, and they made great friends for Magnus. There was a real bond, and you can feel the true friendship they all have.
The plot was interesting and new to me, so I enjoyed learning about the different Gods and worlds. There weren’t too many slow points which was good, but the fights may have been a touch long. It did get annoying eventually that they had to frog hop from one person/world to the other until the very end, but it still a learning experience. Hopefully the next books don’t involve that same system.
With the setting of the different worlds, it took a little bit of getting used to, especially when there are different versions of Earth/Midguard. We only really got told it was different when someone told Magnus.
Riordan’s writing made the feel the love and hate of relationships between the characters, and I learned a lot of facts about the Gods. Even though the characters even expressed how predicable and inevitable Ragnarok was, there were still enough twists and turns along the way. The conclusion was pretty satisfying in my opinion, and I’m keen to read on.
I definitely recommend this book if you are a fan of fantasy, mythology, and an adventure.
Overall: 26/30 = 86% = A
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