Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Review: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Name: Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Pages: 489
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin Books
ISBN: 9781785172724
Rating: 4.5/5

Magnus Chase hasn't had it easy these past few years. His mother was killed and he then ended up living on the streets running from police officers and social workers alike. Now he's being hunted by a man he's never met, a man who insist he's the son of a Norse god. Of course Magnus thinks he's insane, but is he..

I haven't read a great deal of middle grade fiction lately but I intend to read a lot more now. Magnus Chase is such a funny, likeable and witty character. I can't wait to read more about him. I ended up getting funny looks while I was reading this in public, it had me giggling all the way through. I love how eclectic the main group we followed were. Hearth, Blitz, Sam and Magnus. They were so fun to read about!

Now I'm a mythology nut so this book really appealed to me, though shock horror I know hardly anything about Norse mythology. This book has me wanting to do a silly amount of research though. The detail Rick put into the book was brilliant but not so much that it overpowers the actual story. His interpretation of Thor was fabulous. Move over Chris Hemsworth.

I found the idea behind this great I loved the idea. However, even though I haven't yet read the Percy Jackson series I found it very reminiscent of the first novel. The Lightning Thief, Percy is searching for a weapon and Magnus is on the hunt for a weapon. Both had a cast of characters assisting them with this. That's my only qualm with the novel. Otherwise I loved it!

I'll definitely be picking up more of his books soon!

Have you read this?

Katie x

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