Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (Book 1)
Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: 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…
How I got this book: ARC sent from publisher (THANK YOU PENGUIN TEEN AUSTRALIA) (this has in no way influenced my review)
Release Date: October 6, 2015
The Short Version:
This book made me ridiculously happy!!!
It was everything I hoped it would be, and more.
This is more-or-less a spoiler free review. If you wish to go into the book completely blind, then I would recommend going out and buying it now.
And then come back to tell me what you thought 🙂
The Long Version:
Magnus, what do you know about Norse mythology?”
“Uh, not much…weren’t there a couple of movies about Thor?
Ok, some things to clarify to start us off:
1. This is not Thor
2. This is not Loki
And yes, they both show up.
Like Rick Riordan’s other series, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard puts a modern kind of spin on mythology. This time (in case you haven’t guessed), the focus is on Norse mythology.
And he does it so fantastically well. One of the things I love most about Rick Riordan’s books is how funny they all are, and I just laughed my entire merry way through this book.
Exciting, wonderful and hilarious. If you loved Rick Riordan’s other books, you will love this. And if you haven’t read his other books, you can still read this one and understand everything. There are a couple of minor references to the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series, but there are no spoilers for either series, and they aren’t necessary to fully enjoying the story.
And for those of us who’ve read the Percy Jackson series, REJOICE! For the hilarious chapter titles have returned!!
I have one thing to say: