Rick Riordan has Another Hit with Magnus Chase

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I have just started Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 1 the Sword of Summer. I am a little behind in getting in on the Magnus Chase series by Rick Riordan, seeing as there are already three books out in the series. But this is the first time it has shown up on my suggested reading list.

If you like the Percy Jackson series, I don’t think you will be disappointed by Magnus Chase. A sympathetic hero, plenty of teenage sarcasm, and Norse gods. What’s not to like?

Magnus dies early in the action (not a spoiler, considering chapter 1 is called “Good morning! You’re going to die” and the first paragraph includes “You guys are going to read about how I died in agony”); but that’s not a problem, as there is plenty going on in the Halls of Valhalla. I don’t know whether there will be any return from the afterlife, as there was in a couple of books in the other series, but since there are already three books out, I don’t think you need to worry about it.

His brow furrowed. His nose wrinkled as if he detected a mildly unpleasant odor. “You’re sixteen today, aren’t you? They’ll be coming to kill you.”

Rick Riordan, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer

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 . . .

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