That was HILARIOUS. Like incredibly, marvellously FUNNY. It’s Rick Riordan, right?! So you expect to laugh so hard you choke…but I think Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is THE most funniest book he’s ever written. I’m endlessly pleased with this hilarious cacophony of Norse mythology and awkward heroes. Also there’s an Annabeth cameo!! (Annabeth and Magnus are cousins.) Annabeth hasn’t got a staggeringly big part, but she’s still in a few chapters, so consider me pleased.
Ohhh, but WHERE TO START!? A list? A list sounds good.
THE REASONS WHY THIS BOOK IS JUST DOWNRIGHT FABULOUS:
- Magnus Chase. He’s a dork. He’s really dramatic and funny and so so sarcastic. He has a snarky comeback for everything and it’s just so fun to read. He’s also really laid back. It’s all “and then a monster ate me and dangit I missed dinner”. Also he’s dead. So that’s unique.
- THE CHAPTER TITLES. I loved them. They’re ridiculously funny. Like “I Do Combat with Eggs” and “We Are Falafel-Jacked By An Eagle” and “We Have a Pre-Decapitation Party, with Egg Rolls” and “Don’t Be a No-bro, Bro“. Excuse me, I must giggle.
- The Norse gods are quirky and kooky. For instance: Thor is a TV addict. He bypasses crushing an enemy to catch up with Game of Thrones. And Odin sucks at giving speeches. Also one of the scary villains is a pigeon.
- And, surprisingly, there’s no romance! I don’t mind romance in books, but it’s surprising and awesome and fabulous that a YA book can exist and be brilliant with zlich romance.
- Also there’s Samirah al-Abbas. She’s a Valkyrie and can fly and escorts heroes to the afterlife and SHE’S REALLY EPIC. She’s serious and intense and is the daughter of Loki (!!) so has tons of nifty abilities. She’s also prone to punching Magnus. Love her. Also she’s Muslim and wears a magical hijab.
- Then there are Magnus’ two buddies: Hearth and Blitz. They’re his “protectors” even though they’re about as much help as a rubber duck. BUT STILL! COMIC RELIEF. One loves designing clothes and the other is deaf (although I question the realism there, because he seems to read lips 100% perfectly despite that being a ridiculously hard thing to do).
There are similarities with Percy Jackson…but I didn’t even mind! Usually it bothers me when I feel authors aren’t being original enough, but I was TOO IN LOVE with everything about this book. (There’s a character who’s basically Clarisse, and Sam is very much like Annabeth.) And the plot follows the Riordan Method: here is a quest, go meet monsters, kill stuff, maybe die, fulfil all the things. I’ve read 11 of his books and EVERY. SINGLE. ONE has the same plot.
My only quibble is: it’s too long. I really HONESTLY think there are too many plot detours that, while they might be entertaining, they’re not actually adding to the story. I did get a bit bored in the last 1/3. I like concise books.
ANOTHER SOLIDLY FANTASTIC RIORDAN BOOK! I can’t believe it took me until 2015 to actually start reading his stuff…and now look at me. I’m hopelessly fangirl. #noregrets Oh, and while Magnus Chase is YA (he’s 16) I think the book would work for a much younger audience, too. It’s funny and exciting and creative and I learnt SO MUCH about Norse mythology! (Apparently Loki isn’t brothers with Thor?! And I didn’t even KNOW a god called Frey existed.) I CAN’T WAIT FOR MORE MAGNUS CHASE. Also the cliffhanger is quite kind (I have trust issues after Mark of Athena) so thank goodness. Basically this is the funniest book ever and I don’t even know what you’re doing with your life if you’re not planing to read it. GO READ IT.
“I, at least, will make sure you get a proper trial before the thanes cast your soul into Ginnungagap!”
Samirah and I exchanged glances. We didn’t have time to be captured and sent back to Asgard. I definitely didn’t have time to get my soul cast into a place I couldn’t even pronounce.
THANK YOU TO PENGUIN AUSTRALIA FOR THE ARC! Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer is published 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 . . .