- Riordan, Rick. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer. New York: Hyperion, 2015.
- Riordan, Rick. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor. New York: Hyperion, 2016.
- Riordan, Rick. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead. New York: Hyperion, 2017.
Here is another great story arc based on mythology. Have I said I love mythology? I enjoyed these mythology-based stories as much as I did the works of Lloyd Alexander and Susan Cooper. Rick Riordan is an excellent storyteller. I have appreciated his tales based on Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythologies. In this series he has explored Norse mythology.
It seems that I have waited for a long time to read this series. I have a friend who was able to hear Rick Riordan talk about his work 3 or 4 years ago. She mentioned that he talked about his Norse series. I have been waiting for this series to be published since that time. I have also been waiting for Alexis to finish this series so I could read it.
Like the heroes in Rick Riordan’s other series, Magnus Chase thinks he is a regular boy with crappy luck. He witnessed his mother’s death by strange beings that looked like wolves. She told him to run and to stay away from the only family he knew, his Uncle Randolph. The story opens on Magnus Chase’s sixteenth birthday. He is living on the streets of Boston trying to keep away from policemen and truancy officers. He gets a tip that someone is looking for him and off he goes. It turns out to be his Uncle Randolph. Magnus learns from Uncle Randolph that he is the son of the Norse god, Frey. He also learns that his quest is to retrieve his birthright, the Sword of Summer, from the bottom of the Charles River. Retrieving the sword was the easy part, the rest of the book describes his struggles to defeat the God of Muspelheim, Surt. With this first encounter with Surt, he dies and is chosen by the Valkyrie, Samirah, to be a hero of Asgard.
Magnus goes to Valhalla. The Valhalla of this series is a luxury hotel for heroes. Here they can be close to the action. The heroes practice every day to be ready for the Ragnarök, also known as the doom of the gods. When will Ragnarök happen? Who knows, but for the God Loki, it can’t be soon enough. As in many Norse stories, Loki plays an important role in these books. He is the chief protagonist.
Read The Sword of Summer to find out, how Magnus retrieves and (spoiler alert) keeps the sword. Read The Hammer of Thor to see how Magnus and his friends find the Hammer that Thor carelessly misplaced. Read The Ship of the Dead to see what mischief Loki has designed for Magnus and his friends to work against. Does Ragnarök happen? Does the world end? Read, read I say to find out!
Summer is coming soon! This would be a terrific summer series for a mythologically-minded person to read.