I mean, obviously I loved it. IT’S A RICK RIORDAN BOOK.
Oh and before I apologise for the atrocious pun in the title of this post, lemme give you another one. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor was ASGARD as the first one. (Because “Asgard” = “as good”…get it!?? Oh I’m hilarious it actually hurts.) OKAY BUT PUNS ASIDE — I totally collapsed in a fangirling heap over this exciting instalment of gods, demigods, dead people, falafel and mild doom.
Also it’s hilarious. Obviously. But there is a 100% chance I will laugh OUT LOUD when reading a Rick Riordan book.
Before we launch in, feel free to trot back to my review of Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer, which is book 1 of the series. This is the sequel. NO SPOILERS WILL BE SPOILED. Obviously. I am a delightful person not a monster.
Can we talk about the characters first?!
Because they are enormously amazing. And the diversity levels are on point which makes me very pleased. And the secondary characters?! They are complex and intriguing, JUST AS THEY SHOULD BE. But let’s go into list mode, yes. Because I can’t help myself.
- MAGNUS CHASE of course remains my favourite. Although at times he nearly felt like a secondary character in his own story…just because the plot REALLY centred around Loki’s children in this one. And Magnus is a child of Frey. SO. #awkward But he still has so much snark and sass and is really a squishable darling with a very bad haircut due to needing his locks to stitch up a bowling ball bag. UM, I SWEAR IT MAKES SENSE WHEN YOU READ IT.
- SAMIRAH is still a puddle of awesomeness and stubbornness. She’s also Muslim and POC and wears a magical hijab! And her love remains strong for her betrothed. Also someone give this woman a medal for all the dorky quips she has to put up with from Magnus. (Also 1000% happy she and Magnus can have an epic friendship with no love-triangle. Bless this book.)
- ALEX FIERRO is a newcomer (child of Loki) but very important to this plot. At first I didn’t like Alex because they’re really rude…but noooo, stop your flapping about in panic there Cait, because Alex is AMAZING and is a cinnamon roll. Truly. Alex is gender-fluid, but uses either he or she pronouns depending which gender they identify with on the day. I also thought it was super interesting how they tied this in with Loki being gender-fluid too (YA KNOW THAT TIME LOKI WAS A HORSE AND GAVE BIRTH….) Mythology is awesome, peoples. Plus Alex shapeshifts. So, epic levels are just exploding.
- HEARTH and BLITZ are present as always and we get so much more of Hearth’s backstory! Also I commented in book 1 how I thought it was unrealistic how accurately Hearth read lips (when in fact it is very hard to read accurately), but you know what? NONE OF THAT WAS HERE OMG. There was much more emphasis on sign language! I’M SO PLEASED.
- THE GODS were all nuts. Truly. I love it. Every time a new deity was introduced, just prepare yourself to laugh at the nonsense levels.
“Why doesn’t Thor go check this barrow himself?” I asked. “Wait…let me guess. He doesn’t want to draw attention. Or he wants us to have a chance to be heroes. Or it’s hard work and he has some shows to catch up on.”
“To be fair,” Otis said, “the new season of Jessica Jones did just start streaming.”
Also there remains NO ROMANCE. I have a feeling we’ll ship Magnus/Alex eventually? They could be cute. I can see it in the future. So far though, it’s FRENS. And I love this so much about this series!
I love all the pop-culture references too. They’re hilarious. Everything is hilarious. And yes if I say “hilarious” one more time in this review you can come smack me with a replica Thor’s hammer. (I say “replica” because are you worthy enough to lift it? hahah. No. Me on the other hand…) I love how the gods are taking selfies and watching Netflix. Plus the talking-sword, Jack, loves singing pop-songs. I KNOW. JUST APPRECIATE THAT STATEMENT FOR A MINUTE.
I flung him overhead. Jack spiralled out of view, flying after the goat-killer while singing his own version of “Shake It Off”. (I have never been able to convince him that the line isn’t cheese graters gonna grate, grate, grate, grate, grate.)
The actual plot was 80% awesome and 20%“this is kind of a needless side-tour and wut r we doing here get to the point mate”.
The quest to find Thor’s hammer was a bit too rambly, with some of the side-quests feeling like unnecessary detours. But you know what? I’m a concise person. I like to see something and GO GET IT IMMEDIATELY. So a more patient person would probably be cool with this. I just want to CUT TO THE CHASE (hahahah, get it…because Magnus Chase?! Okay, to be fair, I warned you my pun game was strong today). But we have bowling competitions with giants and talk about butt-dialing the apocalypse too. And it’s all amusing, so I shall shush.
But I still couldn’t put it down! I zooooomed through those 470-pages and JUST WANTED MORE.
Basically it was a monstrous tome of fantasticness.
I finished off with a huge craving for (A) more books which are not out yet dangit, and (B) falafel because Magnus has quite a thing for falafel and like I need to get onboard with this?? Someone make me some, yes?? But HEY. I laughed! I flailed! Any time Percy Jackson’s name was tossed in I THINK I FANGIRLED FAR TOO HARD.
And now, if you need me, I’ll just be petting the cover, because the font is slightly raised and shiny and beautiful.
Etiquette tip: if you’re looking for the right time to leave a party, when the host yells “No one leaves here alive,” that’s your cue.
THANK YOU TO PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE FOR THE REVIEW-COPY. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor (Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan was published October, 2016.
Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon – the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the hammer’s return is the gods’ worst enemy, Loki – and the price he wants is very high.
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