Title: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Blurb: 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 . . .
Admit when you heard Magnus, you thought of Magnus Bane.
I checked on goodreads, and I’m glad I’m not the only one who gave this below a four or five stars. All this book did was remind me of Percy Jackson and the 7. Which led to many, many feels. But, still this book could’ve been better.
SPOILERS! THIS IS THE LAND OF SPOILERS!
It kind of irritates me that this author makes a lot of money for writing the same thing all over again. This plot was almost the same as the Lightning Thief. Find out you’re the son/daughter of a god/ess, go on a quest to save the world, make new friends, and have a lot of sarcasm. The sarcasm level was pretty high, in this case.
The beginning was off to an engaging start. Magnus is a homeless kid, who loses his mother to an accident, and never knew who his father was. His two sort-of best friends are Blitz (a really short man who has a good taste in fashion), and Hearth (a deaf dude, who responds by using Sign language). Magnus finds out that his cousin, and both uncles are searching for him. FYI, His cousin is THE Annabeth Chase! Running into godly trouble seems to run in the fam. I enjoyed, Magnus’s sarcasm, and the little pieces of dialogue that shows us who the characters really are.
Then, the middle started to get a little wacky. Magnus ends up dying, goes to Valhalla, then comes back to save the world.
I know nothing about Norse mythology, (unless Thor was part of the Avengers, counts) and I love Riordan’s plot twists, but this was out of control. This was just plain unbelievable. Unrealistic. At this point, I was in a force-myself-to-read this mood.
The ending got a little better. Magnus has to retrieve a rope that keeps Fernis (bad dude) intact. While, I did enjoy the happy ending-ish, I found the fight scene absolutely pathetic. After writing 10+ books about greek mythology, and monsters, I expected something more than this. It seemed to go too fast for an action scene.
Magnus Chase – Magnus reminds me a lot of Percy. They’re very sarcastic, and always come up with stupid puns. He is also very selfless from the start, and not afraid to accept changes. Even wack-o changes. He does progress throughout the story. I like that he is tough from the beginning, and loyal to his friends.
Samirah – I found Samirah very bossy, and annoying. I hate that she can be so selfish sometimes. She’s only concerned with her position as a Valkyrie, almost the whole book! She acts so distant, with the rest of the crew. She also helped a few times, while Magnus did all the work. She’s also worrying about her status, since she’s the daughter of Loki, and all.
Blitz – I always like a guy with good fashion taste. Riordan just made my day with Blitz. Blitz is a character that perseveres through hardship, and makes every effort to help his friends. He puts freinds and family first. His connection with Hearth is so wonderful, it makes my heart warm.
Hearthstone – Even though he’s deaf, Hearth never let that get in his way. He goes to extreme measures (even knocking himself unconscious) to protect the world, and his family. He’s also very smart. He’s one of the minor characters.
This is a Rick Riordan book, so obviously, the writing was top-notch phenomenal. This book was still engaging, and the writing style had a lot of snarky comments said by Magnus Chase. I like that because it explains a lot more about Magnus’s character.
This was 490 CP + 20 for completion give’s me a total of 510.
510 + 182 (original CP) = 692! Which means I evovled into Aurorus! I also earned the Pewter City Badge (Read the first book in the series) which gives me 50 more points!
SO in all I have