October 29, 2015

Review: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
507 pages
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy/Norse Mythology
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Source: I bought it!
Purchase: Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository | Amazon
My Rating:
Goodreads Summary: 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 . . .

My Review

I am a huge Rick Riordan fan. Percy Jackson is a character that will always stay with me. I absolutely love his witty, funny, and adventurous novels, and The Sword of Summer turned out to be exactly that.

What somewhat started out as the usual quest type novel, turned into yet another unique and fun young adult book by Riordan that just so happens to feature the Norse gods this time around. Even though it was formulaic like the Percy Jackson books, it still had some very unique and funny surprises. It was way more unique that I thought it would be.

Even though I shouldn't have, I may have compared Magnus to Percy, but even though I did, it really didn't matter. Sure they are both funny and cute, but they are both different in wonderful ways. I loved that Magnus was his own person and was different enough from Riordan's other characters to keep it fresh. All of the minor characters in The Sword of Summer also stood out on their own, and I loved their endearing demeanors and brave souls.

I was not disappointed by the start of this new series by Riordan. I appreciated it and look forward to reading the rest of the books. I think all of Riordan's fans will like this new series, and it doesn't hurt that the main character (as we found out in the previous series and by his name) is related to Annabeth, which will hopefully mean our beloved Percy and Annabeth may make appearances in this new series. One can hope.

The Bottom Line: The Sword of Summer is yet another wonderfully adventurous novel by Riordan. I think his fans will approve even if his books are similar, because they are just that entertaining.


  1. I'm not quite as big a fan of Percy Jackson, but I did enjoy the original series and have been meaning to read his other series since my husband is always recommending them. I told myself we wouldn't pick this one up for our collection until more of the series is out...but then there was a copy at my local used bookstore when I stopped in to trade a few books in...and I just couldn't help myself!

    1. They are very fun books and easy reads. I hope you like this one Christine!

  2. WHY HAVEN"T I READ ANY OF RICK RIORDAN'S BOOKS YET WHEN THEY SOUND SO PERFECT FOR ME?!?! I am a failure. I am assuming I should start with Percy? This might become my 2016 goal.

    1. That would be a great 2016 goal! They are fast and fun reads! Start with the first Percy book and go from there and remember that each book gets better and better. :)

    2. Also, we would be better friends if you read them. ;)

  3. Shamefully I have not tried Rick Riordan, my son was too old when these books came out. Maybe I will get to read them all with Sophia!

  4. I'm glad to read you really enjoyed this one and that you are excited about this series. I definitely enjoyed Riordan's work, though I still haven't finished Percy Jackson series :)

    Lovely review

    1. I just have so much fun reading his books and I feel like I am taking adventures with all the characters. I wish I was a demigod!

  5. I actually got this for my youngest daughter and I to read, we both have yet to try Rick Riordan. I think she's going to love it and I'm looking forward to some fun escape time. I'm so glad you enjoyed this Kay.
    Thanks for the lovely review!! :)

    1. I hope you both enjoy it together! I think you will. :D It is so much fun!


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