Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 6th, 2015
No. of Pages: Hardcover, 499 pages
Synopsis and Review:
Magnus Chase is a new series by Rick Riordan, best-selling author of the hit series Percy Jackson. While Percy Jackson revolves around ancient Greek gods and eventually ancient Roman gods, and Rick Riordan’s another trilogy Kane Chronicles focuses on ancient Egyptian gods, the newest series is based on Norse mythology. The trilogy follows a demigod named Magnus Chase as he ventures into the newly discovered world for a quest he has never asked for or even dreamed of.
I really appreciate the fact that Magnus Chase is the cousin of Annabeth Chase, the female lead in Percy Jackson, instead of just a random guy. It helps link the two series together and thus gives a smooth transition for the older audience (ie yours sincerely) to the new series. A lot of readers who love Percy Jackson are currently in college already or might have even graduated and thus would probably feel too old to read a middle grade book. As a result, this linkage is a really nice touch as it gives a reason for us to dive into the newest series.
Moreover, I also love that Magnus Chase is based on Norse mythology which is slowly gaining its popularity in Hollywood. I have never watched any Thor movies but still wish to know more about the stories. This might just be the perfect way for a bookworm to discover the Norse mythology. While this first book didn’t clarify everything for me, I still love that I learned something new.
However, these two reasons are still not enough for me to be fully onboard with Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer. While I loved every single joke in the Percy Jackson series as each of them comes off hilarious, the jokes in the latest book are not so much. I found them to appear too frequently and quite a number of them are cringe-worthy. The whole vibe that the book gives off is that Rick Riordan knows that his Percy Jackson series is famous for its jokes and hilarious tone and he tries to force it into the new book.
Overall, I am still excited to continue on with this series. Whether or not I am too old for middle grade fiction, I feel like I will never be too old for Rick Riordan’s works. I cannot wait to see how the following two books will teach us more about the gods and whatnot in this world.
Disclaimer: Review copy provided by Disney Hyperion in exchange for honest review. All opinions are my own.