Book Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer (Book 1) (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard)Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer (Book 1) by Rick Riordan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having done the Greek Gods and the Egyptian Gods, Rick Riordan has now turned his attention to Norse Gods.

The pattern is pretty much the same as with Percy Jackson – loner teen boy who doesn’t know who his father is finds out Dad is a God and is swept up in the tide of mythology made modern. It’s enjoyable enough in its way but it doesn’t quite have the same “oomph” as the Percy Jackson series and, probably because I actually know quite a lot about Norse Mythology, a lot of the characterisations didn’t work for me.

That said, this series is not aimed at people my age and yet I did want to keep reading. Magnus and his friends were highly likeable, I thought the way he tied everything up at the end was very neat (pun intended for those who’ve read it) and I will be getting hold of the next one in the series, hence it getting 4 stars rather than 3.

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