Review: The Sword of Summer



Author: Rick Riordan

Pages: 497

Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1

Format: Ebook

Started: January 10, 2017

Finished: March 27, 2017

Rating: 4/5



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 an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle 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…


Review: This book was really good. I love the new feel of another mythology and it’s the one I want to delve more into, Norse Myths. I love Greek Mythology but I pretty much know everything about it and I want something different and this book helped give me a start into my actual research. Anyway, I should get on with this review:


The characters were amazing. I absolutely love Magnus Chase because he has my attitude and I caught myself saying “My life in a nutshell” numerous times. His sword is the best thing that ever crossed this book, his snarky attitude was amazing and how he was throwing shade at Frey had me laughing out loud. It was hilarious how Magnus didn’t even question his sanity, when I was questioning it, and he just went with the flow like it was an everyday thing.

His relationship with Blitzen and Hearthstone was beautiful. Those two practically kept Magnus sane during his times being homeless. If it weren’t for those two, I don’t know what would happen with Magnus within the two year time frame. I give those two props and everyone should have friends like Blitzen and Hearthstone.

Magnus’ relationship with Sam was a rocky one because of her part in his death. But over time, they became friends and had each other’s backs. Their teasing are on the brother and sister relationship level and that made me smile. They needed to have some light fun to brighten mood during their journey throughout this book.


The plot was interesting but also long. Their journey through some of the nine worlds was interesting. The chase they led on throughout the book up until they met Fenris Wolf was interesting. Despite the fact that Magnus questioned his enherjar life a lot throughout his journey.

Full Review:

I love the new material, it gave me a fresh start from the Percy Jackson series. I can also see that Rick’s writing has improved quite a bit from his earlier works and I love seeing how an author evolves in their writing skills. I also love how he incorporated Freya, Frey, and Loki’s appearances throughout the book. Magnus finding out Blitzen is his cousin was a shocker to me. But I love how this series ties in with the Percy Jackson series because of Annabeth. It also helps understand where she’s at during the Trials of Apollo series. Magnus meeting his father for the first time was very touching and I would like to see more interaction between the two. I feel like they have a better relationship than Percy’s relationship with his father. I was sad what happened to Gunilla at the end and I wanted to see more of her in the future books. The epilogue also took me by surprise with Randolph and I want to see how he plays a part in all of this in the later books.

I also felt that this book dragged out a bit. My least favorite part was the contest between Blitzen and the other Dwarf, I can’t remember his name right now, I know was part of the plot on how they had to get the rope to retie Fenris Wolf but it was just so boring and it took me forever to get through that part of the book and when I finally got through it, I finally flew through this book.


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