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 barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph 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.
Rick Riordan writes another epic set in the Percyverse. This time the theme is the Norse Gods, and while Marvel has fleshed them out very well, Rick does an excellent job of differentiating the Percy Aesir from their Disney counterparts. The most interesting character is Samara, who faces racism in the mortal world for being a Muslim, and racism in Valhalla for being a daughter of Loki. Rick approaches her and her heritage with respect. This book also features an appearance by Magnus’ cousin Annabeth, the daughter of Athena and heroine from the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series. All this does is to tease Rick’s fans of an Avenger’s-style Percy team up. This book is a fantastic read from beginning to end, and you’re left at how you can’t help but marvel at Rick’s knowledge of all things mythological.
Mr Reardon did a wonderful job of building his fantastical world surrounding the gods of Asgard. The young adult novel takes you on a excellent journey filled with suspense and intrigue. The fast action and high adventure of the novel makes you want to continue to read. There was wonderful character development and plot delivery. I I like to see the Nordic gods played with because you don’t hear about them as much in mythology. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes young adult adventure fantasy and who wants to learn about the Norse gods.