Review: “The Sword of Summer” by Rick Riordan

 ~o~Rating~o~
3 tp

~o~Goodreads Synopsis~o~

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 . . .

~o~Review~o~

“Myths are simply stories about truths we’ve forgotten.”

I tried, guys, I really tried. I mean, after Blood of Olympus, my expectations weren’t even that high. But… Magnus Chase really did just seem like Percy Jackson with a different name and heritage. The connection we felt with Percy in the beginning of Lightning Thief wasn’t there at all. Maybe this is just me being biased, since I pretty much grew up with the Percy Jackson books, but in comparison, Magnus Chase felt too predictable and boring.

Magnus’ character wasn’t developed very well. He keeps bringing up the fact that he was homeless for two years but it just doesn’t fit with his personality. I understand that Riordan uses humor as a teaching method but it was just too much. Towards the middle of the book, I ended up just skimming the pages because I couldn’t wait for the book to be over.

PROS:

Annabeth! I wish she was in the book more. I honestly only continued the book in the hopes of seeing her.

Finally a Muslim character in a Riordan book! One of the three stars up above is just for having Samirah. Even though some of the plot around her doesn’t quite add up (the fact that she is a Valkrye for Norse gods yet she’s Muslim. And that she takes off her hijab whenever she wants to in front of other men… usually, you either wear it or you don’t). But minor issues aside, the diversity made me really happy.

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