Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Rick Riordan is well known for his Percy Jackson series as well as his Heroes of Olympus and Kane Chronicles. His writing style is very fun and when his book on the Gods of Asgard came out, I had to read it right away because I absolutely love Norse mythology.
Magnus Chase and the God of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (Book One) was a very fast-paced and enjoyable read. This novel is a perfect length and features Magnus Chase, the son of Frey. He is destined to wield the Sword of Summer and prevent Ragnarock from happening. Also, he is a fourteen-year-old einherjar, a warrior of Valhalla chosen to fight for Odin. This book has lots of great humor such as the chapter titles. Each chapter title gives away something therein through a comical form. Some samples of the chapter titles include:
- “You Look Great Without a Nose, Really”
- “Hey, I Know You’re Dead, But Call Me Maybe”
- “We are Falafel-Jacked by an Eagle”
- “Oh…So That’s Who Fenris Smelled in Chapter Sixty-Three”
Aside from the humorous chapter titles and the even funnier dialogue and internal monologue within, one of the other things I like about the book is that there is racial and disability diversity, which is important for the targeted age group of this novel. One of the friends is named Samirah al-Abbas, a Valkyrie with an Arabic heritage and a long family connection to the Norse Gods. Turns out her hijab is a fantastic cloaking devise for this daughter of Loki. Magnus’s other friend, Hearthstone, is a deaf elf who uses ASL (American Sign Language) and indulges in rune magic. Can’t get more diverse than that, and it’s fantastic to built awareness and obliterate bias..
Another very important aspect of Riordan’s newest novel, and his others as well, is that they are VERY well researched. I know quite a bit of traditional Norse mythology, and I was surprised by the amount he had accurately portrayed as well as the things I newly learned (I did my own research while reading, just to see what Riordan factually set into place.) Most of the places and Gods are accurate, as well as the various events predicted within the mythology.
This book is a fun adventure for boys and girls alike, aimed at middle-entering-high school age. I would recommend this for anyone who has a love of humor and mythology. This book is definitely a YES, you should read it. I could go on and on about things in this book: the humor, the characters, the mythology. But if I did that, everything would be spoiled. Magnus is always doing this crazy thing or that crazy thing, and it’s interesting to follow him out of his bizarre predicaments.
The second novel, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, is just as spectacular as the first!