First of all – I am still alive! I sincerely apologize for the hiatus I took. It was not something I wanted to do, but I overloaded myself with coursework this past semester, and a hiatus was necessary. Never fear, my friends! I have returned! Now on to the review!
Author: Rick Riordan
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 a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man 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 . . .”
My Review: I’ve been a diehard fan of Rick’s work since I read the first PJ&O book nearly six years ago. I remember when he first announced that he would start a Norse series “in 2015” and I would sigh about how very far away 2015 was. And now it’s gone! Anyway, I think MC&GA is going to be a fantastic series. It’s certainly off to a phenomenal start with SoS! I mean, I’ve read some crazy stuff, but starting a book with a death… that’s pretty cool, Rick.
Hero/Heroine: Magnus and Sam. What’s not to love? A street-smart teen with mysterious ties to the Norse, and a cousin by the name of Annabeth, combined with a hijab-wearing valkyrie? Well, it’s pretty crazy, more than a little weird, and plenty of fun. I’ve heard some people complain that Magnus was too much like Percy, but I didn’t really see that. He had the same endearing Rick Riordan sass and sarcasm, but they remained very separate and unique characters. I would love to see them meet, though. They’d be quite the pair. And Sam! Sam is epic. And I love that they have a very Percabeth banter, without the romance.
Plot: The formula is pretty much what you expect from Rick’s books: regular guy figures out he’s a hero, saves a bunch of people, prophecy/mission that has to be fulfilled within about a week, etc. It’s a tried and true formula, but that doesn’t make the book any less wonderful! The actual details of the plot and the characters kept me fully invested and on the edge of my seat. You never really know what’s going to happen when you’re dealing with Rick, and Sword of Summer is FAR from predictable. You will be wholly satisfied with this epic installment in the modern mythos of the Riordan universe.
Content Advisory: Some mild violence. Death.
To Sum It Up: An absolutely magical adventure by everyone’s favorite mythological author – Rick Riordan. Mixing modern with myth and a healthy heaping of sass, Rick creates a story that will thrill readers for years to come. Here is to the next generation of the Riordan universe! I recommend it for readers ages 8+.