at the beginning of writing this blog I did a Book News post about Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordian. I was pretty excited for it since it included a relative of Annabeth Chase and Annabeth Chase means at least some mentions of Percy Jackson, right? And the Norse mythology must be good as gold.
Well, let me tell you the story about how Rick Riordan should move on from his Percy Jackson–mythology–gods world and keep on writing completely new stuff. Because this gets annoying Rick. And I don’t care if I’m going to bash this book series right now because the Mister has blocked me now for 5 years on Twitter. Yo.
What’s the story of Magnus Chase about?
Magnus Chase, a 16 year old kid who has lost his mother in a fire two years ago, now lives on the streets of Boston. He’s afraid of wolves because they kind of were included in the fire, but that can’t be right – wolves? In the middle of Boston? During his homeless time he has not only learned some valuable street-smart tricks but also got friendly with the blind homeless man Hearthstone and the equally homeless man Blitzen. They look after Magnus and basically keep him alive.
One day Magnus finds out that his uncle and his cousin, Fredrick and Annabeth Chase, are looking for him. Magnus, not really happy about this since family means trouble and he already has enough of that, sneaks into his other uncle’s, Randolph’s, house and gets surprised by mentioned. Randolph tries to explain to him something, but time runs out and both move on to one Boston bridge whereas Magnus resurrects the Sword of Summer. The fire god Surt appears and kills Magnus. Magnus lands in Valhalla.
Great! You think. The main character is already killed, what a way to start the book. But wait, there is more. Because this Valhalla turns out to be some kind of Camp Half-Blood in which dead people train to kill and fight in Ragnarok, doomsday.
And so on…
Not to go deeper into the story, but if you have read Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief you get the outlines of The Sword of Summer. Something is stolen, must be returned. A great enemy. A journey in which the hero learns how to control his powers and make some great friendships on the way. Being clumsy.
Magnus Chase: it is mentioned a few times that Magnus kind of looks like Kurt Cobain. We will take it, because on the book cover he really looks like him. Magnus has a big mouth and saves the day no matter how less of a clue he has. He has friends who would die for him since Magnus is involved in this huge prophecy and is very important to the nine worlds of Norse mythology. Sounds familiar? Also, Magnus is the son of Frey, the god of peace fertility, wealth, rain, summer and sunshine, so he can heal pretty fast. That’s a useful power for once.
Samirah al-Abbas: is a Valkyrie who is responsible for bringing Magnus to Valhalla after he died a heroic dead (or such). She travels the worlds with him to defeat the greater enemy. She is just as tough as Magnus and the daughter of Loki.
Blitzen: a dwarf who loves fashion over everything but gets laughed at by his dwarf colleagues for that. Dwarves don’t sew fashion, they craft. He has gone undercover homeless for Magnus to keep him alive.
Hearthstone: the homeless deaf elf who wants nothing more than to learn rune magic. He got neglected for his deafness by his family. Hearthstone also has gone undercover to protect Magnus and follow his adventures.
Surt: he is the lord of the fire giants who wants The Sword of Summer to rule over the nine worlds and destroy everything. Also, he wants to free the greater enemy, because that would be really bad for everyone.
Loki: the god of mischief and wildfire. I almost forgot this dude. He’s just as wicked as Marvel movie Loki and talks to Magnus whenever mentioned has fainted. Which happens a few times. Loki has not really taken sides, rather is on the winner’s side and is definitely an enemy of Magnus.
For me, my personal highlight was the time Annabeth was around. Whenever Magnus lowkey told her, that she would never ever understand his world, you could practically read Annabeth’s “are you really serious dude” phrase. The story is set after Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus, so Annabeth has gone through hell by now and Magnus lowkey disses her. I’m wondering that she hasn’t interrupted him earlier in the book than to a certain part, but oh well. Annabeth got some manners.
It took me a while to finish this book because it was so boring to read. The writing style was funny, but the story old in just a brand new wrapping. Also it made me question the other Percy Jackson-world book Rick wants to publish this year, The Trails of Apollo, in which the greek god Apollo gets transformed into the body of a 16 year old boy and oh my gods, this sound so much like Magnus Chase in the greek world. Okay, it will include Percy Jackson, at least Rick said so, but who much will the greek world character be included? I’m kind of afraid to read this book just to come to the conclusion that it will be an old story in a new wrapping. Oh well, we will see.
Oh and what I forgot to mention: there were Pop culture references in it such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I don’t know how old Rick thinks is audience is but well…mentioning those shows in a book whereas the publishers say that it’s best for an audience from 10 to 14 years – not okay!
3 out of 5 goodreads stars because Rick has tried.