We recently finished the second book in the Magnus Chase series, and, like all Rick Riordan books, it did not disappoint. Phoebe’s comments will be posted below.
We have now read all the novels that are currently in print, and they have all been full of adventure and humor. They are a great introduction to mythology as well because the novels remain pretty faithful to the original stories.
However, the most important thing about these series is that they are inclusive. Despite some negative comments on this issue, Riordan has not shied away from including heroes and heroines from all walks of life. In this series alone there are characters who are or were deaf, Muslim, gender-fluid, homeless, and African-American–and that is only scratching the surface, really.
The other important thing about this series–like the others–is that it is about teamwork. The characters are always stronger when they cast aside their differences and work together. They argue and bicker, but they always have each others’ backs. And that is a vital lesson in today’s world.
If I have one complaint, it’s that there is yet to be a female lead character in his series. There are plenty of awesome girls in his worlds, and they take charge and do plenty of rescuing, but they have yet to be the star.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan, is a great book. I have read all of his books, and I always love them. What I like about his books is that his characters reflect real world people. In this book, we have Sam, a Valkyrie who is also Muslim—she was in the first Magnus Chase book, but we learn more about being a Muslim, and how her two lives collide, in this book. We meet Alex, a gender-fluid girl. We also have Hearthstone, who was also in the first book, who is deaf.
I am always sure that I will love Rick Riordan’s books before I even read them. I like how he makes them funny, but he also makes them interesting and suspenseful. I don’t think that I could pick a favorite character because they all have their awesome moments. Although he isn’t a true character, I love Jack. Jack is the name Magnus gives to his sword. Jack can also talk, so when he is in sword form (he turns into a pendant when he is not being used) it is funny to see what he is going to say
Another cool thing that Rick Riordan does, is that he brings in characters from his other series and adds them into the story. In this series, Rick Riordan brings in Annabeth Chase from his Percy Jackson series, and I thought that was awesome, because she is one of my all-time favorite characters.
I would recommend this book, and all of Rick Riordan’s, to almost anyone.