Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan’s Norse Mythology)

Since my kiddos are getting a little bit older, I figure I will occasionally through some of the fun books that we get to read in here for good measure. This is the newest one we have gotten through and the three of us LOVED it!

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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 barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph 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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So let’s see…First of all, as I said, I started reading these books because my children are ripe for the age of action and adventure and all the fun things that certain authors bring to the table. Rick Riordan is so fit for all of these things. The charm and wit that he brings to his characters are unlike any author I have found in this category so far. He surrounds his stories with this clever charm and this snarkiness that even my seven years old finds hilarious. Where else can you find someone trying to fend off a fire giant with a make way for the duckling’s sign? But anyway into the book…You have this not so average teenager just trying to live his life on the streets after the passing of his mother when all of a sudden his life is turned upside down and he dies. Yup dies, DEAD as a doornail. And there the book begins. We are taken into the world of Valhalla and this is not your movie type Thor and the Norse Gods story, no it goes much more into the mythology than that. You are actually taught the stories just as Magnus learns of his history and what will come is he does not claim the sword of summer. I can’t really go into detail but it is a book packed full of action, laughs and yes even a few parts that tear at your heart strings. I will admit it, I totally read through the entire book BEFORE I finished it with the kids because I was so anxious to see what happened next. In fact, the next book JUST came out and I CAN”T WAIT to get started on it!

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan’s Norse Mythology)

 

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