Today I’m going to be doing something a little different with my review, a quote review of Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer! I actually read this a while ago (whoops), but now I’ve finally gotten time to put the review together lol.
By: Rick Riordan
Published: October 6th, 2015
Published by: Disney – Hyperion Books
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1
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.
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“I hate this plan,” I said. “Let’s do it.”
Magnus Chase is a story about a guy who has been homeless for two years. Short on resources, of course he’s going to be blunt, and straight to the point. Also, it was great to get back to the first person perspective from Rick Riordan.
“It was an annoying name to have. People tended to spell in Mangus, rhymes with Angus. I always corrected them: No, it’s Magnus, rhymes with swagness. At which point they would stare at me blankly.”
He’s got swag and I’m not joking. Magnus is a hilarious character who is much more connected to the mortal world than the other series Rick has written. There are references to pop culture every so often which I think makes it more relatable than the other series he has written.
“The thing about fate, Magnus: even if we can’t change the big picture, our choices can alter the details.That’s how we rebel against destiny, how we make our mark. What will you choose to do?”
But even with the humour, Rick is still big on the wise statements here and there. Destiny, fate; they are all common themes throughout his books. While it’s not as prominent and as mysterious in this one, there still is indeed a form of a prophecy regarding, you guessed it, Magnus.
“Hearth’s eyes rimmed with green water. He signed to us, and this time I think he actually meant I love you and not the giantesses are drunk.”
The side characters in this book are super great. They all have great personalities that really help us identify with who they are. Hearth, you have here, is deaf and communicates with sign language! There’s also a dwarf named Blitzen. All the characters in this book are so diverse and amazing, it’s awesome!
“‘I am Hel,’ she agreed. ‘Sometimes called Hela, though most mortals dare not speak my name at all. No jokes, Magnus Chase? Who the Hel are you? What the Hel do you want? You look Hela bad. I was expecting more bravado.’”
There’s also a huge amount of puns in this book. There’s this one and that overused point one which are all I can remember at the moment. The humour Rick has is way strong in this book. Sometimes it gets a little annoying since it’s about every other page, but it sometimes goes unnoticeable when you are laughing every other page.
“Well, I live a double life. Tonight, I’ll escort you to dinner. Then I have to rush home and finish my calculus homework.’ ‘You’re not joking, are you?’ ‘I never joke about calculus homework.”
Sam in this book is hela (get it? ;)) badass, okay. She’s smart, quick thinking, and great at combat! Also she’s MUSLIM. A badass woman of colour give this book the oomph that I needed to make it stand out from the other books Rick has written.
“I smiled. “So this horse is your nephew, Sam?” She glared at me. “Let’s not go there.” “How did your dad father a horse?” Blitzen coughed. “Actually, Loki was Sleipnir’s mother.” “What–?” “Let’s definitely not go there,” Sam warned.”
As with all mythologies, the family tree is super messed up. And it’s definitely no different with Norse mythology. Also, there’s dwarves and elves and some many others that I felt was a little overwhelming at times. But Rick grounds us all with references to Marvel’s Thor and other hilarious, in real life examples to help us understand.
“Could you do a glamour and turn into something smaller?” I asked it. “Preferably not a chain, since it’s no longer the 1990s?” The sword didn’t reply (duh), but I imagined it was humming at a more interrogative pitch, like, Such as what? “I dunno. Something pocket-size and innocuous. A pen, maybe?” The sword pulsed, almost like it was laughing. I imagined it saying, A pen sword. That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.”
There were literally so many references to the world of Percy Jackson in this book. Of course, I’m still reeling that he decided to make Magnus the cousin of Annabeth, but with this connection to the world that we already fell in love with, it makes it much easier to fall in love with Magnus, too. As you can see, this scene parodies the fact that Percy has a pen sword. I laughed so hard, my stomach started hurting. There were all these inside jokes and I cried so many times okay.
“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”
Rick made this book become reality. At times, I thought about how the world could really have Norse mythology alive within it. He just has this touch that makes his worlds seem so real.
Summary of Thoughts:
This book is ultimately the funniest book I’ve read that still has a coherent plot. It’s just hilarious. If you loved Percy Jackson or anything else by Rick Riordan, this book will probably be the sassiest one yet. However with that in mind, Rick has written this for a slightly older audience. Magnus Chase is 16 in book, not quite the preteen Percy was in the Lightning Thief. There’s definitely some touches on darker themes in this book, however younger audiences will still be able to digest this book with much enthusiasm. My 11 year old brother loved this book to pieces and ranks it higher than the Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus series. Personally, PJO/HoO will always be my favourite, but Magnus Chase was definitely really, really good. Hopefully from these quotes, you want to read Magnus Chase and The Sword of Summer because, heck, this was just skimming the surface of the glorious book that we have here!
Just please, please go read it. It’s funny, magical, and utterly packed with action. I literally cannot wait for the next book in this series to see how Magnus begins to develop into a hero. If you loved PJO/HoO or the Kane Chronicles, Rick’s got another mythology waiting for you to devour.
“(Chocolate must be savored, not rushed.)”
*cues laughing* and the fact that Rick knows us so well.
Will you be reading Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer?